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The ACRE Artist Residency's Kitchen Program builds community and fosters creativity while supporting local agriculture.
The ACRE Artist Residency's Kitchen Program builds community and fosters creativity while supporting local agriculture.
138 backers pledged $10,555 to help bring this project to life.

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ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions) is a volunteer-run non-profit based in Chicago devoted to employing systems of support for emerging artists and to creating a generative 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.

ACRE's yearlong programming starts with its Annual Summer Residency. The residency takes place each July and August in rural southwest Wisconsin. Residents have the opportunity to expand upon their individual practices and to take part in programming within a collaborative community. Throughout the rest of the year ACRE operates programming in Chicago designed to further support the artists who attend the residency. For more information please visit ACREresidency.org

ACRE is raising funds for our summer residency Kitchen. We believe meals equal community and the ACRE kitchen strives to foster a place where residents, visiting artists and local farmers can cross-pollinate.

Funds raised through kickstarter will go towards supporting locally grown and produced agriculture and conscientious businesses, purchasing equipment that will make the kitchen more efficient and sustainable, our yearly cookbook KADABRA, a collection of recipes from each year's residency, and will give us the support we need to keep creating a diverse selection of considered, artistic, and nutritious menus for our residents.

This year the Kitchen is getting ready to expand its seating capacity and community space, further develop programming, broaden our connections with local farmers and purchase a gas stove and walk-in cooler. With the designs for a new green house in the works the Kitchen has a lot to do and prepare for. 

Help ACRE continue to develop this unique aspect of its Artist Residency Program.
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*Please note: As ACRE is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, your donation is tax-deductible. Please let us know if you would like to request a receipt for your records.

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KADABRA VOL 3

Cook Book cover and selection of pages
Cook Book cover and selection of pages


The third edition of Kadabra is a spiral-bound, community-style cookbook with a screen printed cover designed by Edie Fake and Daniel Luedtke. The cookbook contains a full, eleven-day session of menus from the 2012 ACRE residency plus bonus recipes from the prep team. In addition to containing more recipes than ever before, the book also features anecdotal instructions by residency chefs Melissa Damasauskas and Rachel Ettling, and prep chefs Ashley Hudson and Courtney Nulicek. Every menu is illustrated by residents and staff members, each providing their own unique style. Kadabra III was created with the ACRE Kitchen mission in mind: working to connect the food experience at ACRE with art practice and community building. Participating artists include: Ashley Morgan, James Green, Laura Hart Newlon, Becket Flannery, Rebecca Mir, Brieanne Hauger, Maggie Haas, Erin McKenna, Ciara Ruffino, Aiden Simon, Marvin Astorga, Emily Clayton, David Moré, Leo Kaplan, Henry James Glover, Ellen Nielson, Samantha Rehark, Ashley Hudson, Todd King, Katy Cowan, Lauren Beck, and Antonia Frydman.

ACRE TEE SHIRT

Tee Shirt
Tee Shirt

Designed by Daniel Luedtke.

ACRE TOTE BAG

Tote Bag
Tote Bag

Designed by Edie Fake and Daniel Luedtke.

FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT
This special Kickstarter edition is printed by Document at approximately 11x14" on archival paper.  (you will be contacted for your choice of print shortly after pledging your donation)

Timeless, 2012 by Laura Hart Newlon
Timeless, 2012 by Laura Hart Newlon

Laura Hart Newlon currently lives and works in Chicago. She has an MA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Washington and recently complete her MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. www.laurahartnewlon.com

Battles, 2012 by EJ Hill
Battles, 2012 by EJ Hill

EJ Hill is an artist living and working in Los Angeles, California. Much of his work incorporates his own body, exploring its physical properties and limitations as well as its role in cultural signification. Recent exhibitions include One Inch Punch (Los Angeles),dream, in, the, act at Kunz, Vis Projects (Chicago), Overkill at The Mission Projects (Chicago), and One-Day Performance at LiVE WORK (San Francisco). EJ earned a BFA from Columbia College Chicago in 2011 and recently complete his MFA at UCLA.  www.ejhill.info

Work Ethic, 2011 by Eric Fleischauer
Work Ethic, 2011 by Eric Fleischauer

Eric Fleischauer is a Chicago-based artist, curator, and educator.  Utilizing various strategies such as repurposing discarded VHS tapes as sculptural material, making imperfect drawings of computer generated CAPTCHA’s, or curating videos from YouTube and presenting them in the cinema, his work examines the ramifications of technology’s expansive influence on both the individual and the cultural sphere. He has exhibited internationally at venues including threewallsSOLO and the Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago), Rooftop Films and Interstate Projects (NYC), Corcoran Gallery of Art (WashingtonDC),  Kunstmuseum Bonn (Germany), and The Galllery Space (www). Fleischauer currently teaches in the department of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
www.ericfleischauer.com

The Real Thing (after Carl Andre), 2007 by Susana Reisman

Susana Reisman was born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1977. She received a BA in Economics from Wellesley College (Boston, 1999) and an MFA in photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, 2005). After teaching photography for a number of years, Susana now dedicates her time to making art and running Circuit Gallery. She lives and works in Toronto.
susanareisman.com


DINNER AT THE PERCH
For a $750 donation you and 3 guests will be invited to a special patron dinner with a group of ACRE residents and visiting artists. Dinner will be prepared from the ACRE 2012 cookbook, KADABRA Vol. 3 and served at The Perch in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. Thanks to Matt Austin and The Perch!

TRIP TO ACRE Two Nights stay at the Steuben Lodge, in Wisconsin during the 2013 Summer Residency (July 10 – August 18th, 2013). This includes semi-private accommodations, all meals, a tour of our facilities and the opportunity to participate in programming. We'll contact you to arrange a date for your trip.

THANK YOU!

Risks and challenges

Heading into our 4th summer in Steuben, we've already faced a number of challenges and have improved our kitchen program to meet those challenges each year. Potential obstacles we may find this year include delays in construction of a new roof and expanded seating area, difficulty in finding affordable equipment or a less than ideal line-up of visiting artists. Last year our biggest challenge was addressing unanticipated increases in the cost of produce due to a drought in the area, which may be an issue again this year. We've already begun reaching out to new food sources and re-thinking our kitchen staff structure and schedule of purchasing to avoid going over budget. If any of these obstacles arise, our staff of creative thinkers will be able to overcome them as we have every year.

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