Last week I was in Chicago for the Filter Photo Festival, which also gave me an opportunity to meet with the five artist members of the Crusade for Art local chapter. The local chapters are very important to our mission. While Crusade for Art provides resources and inspiration, the goal is to empower photographers to activate and begin implementing ideas and programs at a local level to create demand for their work.
Independent, volunteer Crusade for Art chapters around the country are the ground force of the movement. The chapters are provided with the program guidelines, best practices, support, logo, and brand of Crusade for Art, as well as use local resources and creative talent to develop new programs. Local chapters create and implement programs and events that both create exposure opportunities for their artist members and cultivate new collectors within their communities.
They are like fine art photography collectives. With some extra awesomeness.
The Chicago chapter is the first to really get up and running. We have a few others that are still in the organizing phase, but Matthew Crowther (the director of the Chicago chapter), just happens to be a dynamo. The five artist members (each chapter can have up to ten, and the members serve two-year terms) have met several times, and their kick-off event is Friday, October 10. It is a print sale, but Crusade-style (that means unique, exciting and super fun).
They will be offering work from each of their members for sale at great prices in editions of 5, but the twist is that with each print sold from an edition, the price increases $10. So if you are in Chicago, get there early, because each edition starts at $10, but ends at $50. I predict a photographic frenzy! More info here.