Looking for Chicago art programs/charities that sell their wares.
June 23, 2009 7:20 AM   Subscribe

Looking for arts programs in Chicago, or charities/non-profits that make and sell arts & crafts.

My fiancé and I have our wedding coming up, and as a gift to attendees, we were thinking of soliciting a local arts program that might be set up to sell work by it's students. Given the quantity, this probably limits itself to printmaking.

We liked the idea that we could give folks a gift, but we could also think of it as a donation to the program.

Does anyone know of any programs that do something like this already? Or any that would be open to it?

Can anyone think of any other sort of Chicago-based charitable organizations where we could buy gifts for our wedding guests?

posted by cusack to Society & Culture (9 answers total)
Response by poster: I should probably add...

I think we would be shopping for about 160 gifts, and probably less than $10 a piece.
posted by cusack at 7:27 AM on June 23, 2009

The first thing that came to mind is the Lillstreet Art Center in Ravenswood. They have a store that features things made by their artists and others. I'm not sure that the store would have 160 of the same item/similar items; however, perhaps you could commission something?
posted by penchant at 7:47 AM on June 23, 2009

Gallery 37 may be what you're looking for.
Also Chicago Printmakers Collaborative might be able to help.

And if you're open to food, which some consider art and/or craft, you should look at Blue Sky Inn. Great scones.
posted by Xalf at 8:24 AM on June 23, 2009

I was going to say Gallery 37 too. It's a great program and the retail store has a lot of cool stuff.
posted by otherwordlyglow at 8:53 AM on June 23, 2009

There's also Renegade Handmade. They have an online shop as well as a shop in Wicker Park. While they don't work solely with Chicago-based artists, they might be able to give you some guidance.
posted by thaumatrope at 9:16 AM on June 23, 2009

WomanCraft might be just the thing you're looking for.
WomanCraft, a social enterprise of Heartland Human Care Services, located in Chicago's North Lawndale neighborhood, uses recycled office paper and reclaimed flowers to create unique, sustainable, handmade paper products, such as wildflower seed notecards, memory books, gift tags, frames and custom wedding invitations.

WomanCraft provides artisan positions and transitional jobs to women facing barriers to employment, so that they may earn income, improve job skills, build a work history and increase economic self-sufficiency.

posted by hydrophonic at 9:18 AM on June 23, 2009

Hyde Park Art Center
posted by Jason and Laszlo at 11:55 AM on June 23, 2009

Co-op Image makes some REALLY good hot-sauce in their community garden. Here's the link to the sauce. Here's their mission statement:

"Cooperative Image Group began as an artist’s apprenticeship for high school students in 2003 that aimed to organize Chicago-area artists and youth in order to build community and civic service through arts education. With over two years behind us it is evident that there is a significant community need for Co-op Image’s initiatives, and have found no shortage of artist volunteers excited to staff them. Cooperative Image Group has expanded itself to offer various platforms for area youth and artists. "
posted by OccamsRazor at 4:18 PM on June 23, 2009

Response by poster: Thank you all so much. Co-op Image and WomanCraft both look like great options.
posted by cusack at 5:07 PM on June 23, 2009

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