**We have reached our goal!! But that doesn't mean we can't continue to take donations. With a little more we will be able to purchase the cooking supplies and equipment to make the job of feeding 40+ people per day much easier.
Thanks to all have donated!!
WHO WE ARE:
ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions) is a non-profit based in Chicago devoted to developing new systems of support for emerging artists and to creating a regenerative community of cultural producers. ACRE investigates and institutes models designed to help artists develop, present, and discuss their practices by providing forums for idea exchange, interdisciplinary collaboration, and experimental projects.
Our Kickstarter campaign is in effort to raise funds for our main program, ACRE’s annual summer residency program. The residency takes place in August in rural southwest Wisconsin. Application for ACRE’s residency program is open nationally to emerging and mid-career visual, performing, and sound artists. Residents have the opportunity to expand upon their individual practices and take part in optional programming within a collaborative community. Additionally, visiting artists are invited to conduct studio visits and present lectures, discussions, and workshops. The residency will support up to 25-30 residents at a given time. Facilities provide for expansive communal work spaces, a screen-printing studio, an outdoor wood shop, and access to both digital and analog recording equipment. Accommodations are all recently built from salvaged timbers and furnished with individual bathrooms, kitchenettes, and decks. All meals are provided, and will be prepared daily using ingredients grown in the surrounding area, which is renowned for its organic and sustainable agriculture and dairy farms. Throughout the rest of the year we operate programming in Chicago designed to further support the artists who attend the residency.
For more information please visit ACREresidency.org
WHAT WE ARE RAISING FUNDS FOR:
The fees we charge residents cover about half the cost to us to run this program. Our goal for Kickstarter is to raise $3,000 to go specifically toward our food and kitchen budget. We have a team of experienced chefs creating menus for each meal, feeding 35-40 people at a time for a length of 36 days. In the coming weeks our staff will be visiting the area to meet with local producers and other contacts we have culled with connections to the local agriculture. Our hope is that with the money raised by Kickstarter we can make it so that all meals are prepared from scratch using organic, locally grown produce, dairy, meat and grains to not only provide healthy meals for our residents and staff but to also contribute to the sustainability of the local economy. Money earned through Kickstarter will go toward purchasing locally grown ingredients and kitchen equipment such as a food processor.
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