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ACRE launches fundraising campaign

May 31, 2013|By Riley Blevins | RedEye

The Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions (ACRE) organization, a Chicago-based nonprofit devoted to supporting emerging artists, launched its annual Kickstarter Campaign on May 22 to raise funds for its kitchen. The donation period ends on July 22.

ACRE will host its fourth annual summer residency program beginning July 10. The residency takes place in rural southwest Wisconsin and provides emerging artists with an escape from everyday obligations.

The Kickstarter Campaign has a collection goal of $10,000, with hopes to expand the kitchen to include a walk-in cooler and gas stove. The kitchen is run solely by artists and uses locally grown produce. ACRE has collected $4,000 as of Friday.

Additionally, some funds will be put toward ACRE’s yearly cookbook, KADABRA, which is a collection of recipes from each year’s residency.  

To learn more, visit ACREresidency.org. The tax deductable organization is collecting pledges from low as $1 to $1,000 and more.

“Most artists, when they’re first starting out, have to work day jobs,” said Emily Green, ACRE’s co-director. “They don’t really get that much time to spend on their art making. So residency is a place to do that.

“But the kitchen program is something we’re really proud of. The chefs are all artists, so they’re approach is very artistic. I guess, they’re doing a lot more than just making big things of spaghetti.”

Varying reward packages are available with donations, ranging from a PDF file of KADABRA with a $10 pledge to a two night stay at ACRE’s summer residency location, your choice of an artist’s photographic print, your choice of a triptych and more with a donation of $1,000 or more.  

“This program just really does a lot for the Chicago artist community in general,” Green said. 

ACRE’s residency program hosts three summer sessions, the first beginning on July 10 and the third ending on August 18. Artists are selected on an application-based process.

ACRE expects to host over 80 artists over the summer.

The space in Wisconsin sits on 1,000 acres and has eight buildings, including a recording studio, screen-shooting studio, computer lab, wood shop and more.

The rest of the year, ACRE coordinates an exhibition program for its artists, giving every member their own gallery at either ACRE’s studio space (located at 1913 W 17th St) or at one of ACRE’s 12 partner galleries in Chicago.

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