Jan 24th 2018

Building a Studio Archive: Tools and Digital Resources for Arts

@ Chicago Artists Coalition

217 N Carpenter St, Chicago, IL 60607

Opening Wednesday, January 24th, from 6PM - 9PM

On view through Wednesday, February 21st

A two-part workshop taking place January 24 and February 21.

The administrative tasks associated with applying for grants and residencies, preparing for an exhibition, or updating a website or portfolio are time-consuming and overwhelming for independent artists and creative professionals. This two-part workshop series provides tools for artists, curators, and arts administrators who want to learn how to build a digital archive.

Establishing an archive is like contributing to a savings fund; as interest (metadata) accrues, the investment generates a greater return over time. In order to receive a return from an organized studio or portfolio, the first step is to create an archive system and commit to implementing it. This two-part workshop series provides the tools needed to establish, build, and maintain a personal archive system in order to manage both physical objects and digital records.

Workshop I: Building an Archive (January 24, 2018)
Workshop II: Digitizing an Archive (February 21, 2018)


Bundled General Public for two workshops | $35
General Public | $20
CAC Artist Members | $10
BOLT, FIELD/WORK, HATCH Projects, and LAUNCH Residents | FREE


Kara Jefts is the founder of Studio Archive Services. Jefts has worked with libraries and collections at institutions including: Jane Addams Hull-House Museum (Chicago, IL); The Fashion Resource Center (Chicago, IL); The Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection (Chicago, IL); The Albany Public Library (Albany, NY); The College of Saint Rose (Albany, NY); and Union College (Schenectady, NY); as well as with private collections. She has lectured on collections research and methods at: University of Illinois at Chicago, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, SUNY Albany, the Museum Association of New York Annual Conference, and Southern Humanities Council Annual Conference. Kara Jefts received her MA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BA from Union College, Schenectady, NY. Currently, Jefts serves on the steering committee of Chicago Area Archivists. www.studioarchiveservices.com

More information and registeration: http://www.chicagoartistscoalition.org/programs/fieldwork/building-studio-archive-tools-and-digital-resources-arts

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