The ArtWear collective is a Chicago based organization founded by two current and one alumni of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Learning to create in spaces that were predominantly hegemonic institutional systems, making work centered around identity was especially challenging. The collective concluded that there was little space and recognition for LGBTQ artists and artist of color within this framework. This realization rooted the beginning states of ideation for the collective.
The ArtWear Collective will operate as a cooperative to aid minority artists in showcasing their work. This is in order to build representation, establish ownership of identity, and develop a sense of understanding between these individuals and surrounding communities. ArtWear believes representation is imperative in the future of art and fashion. Community outreach is the bridge to solidifying all facets of creative ideas.