Survey: Anchor Graphics @ Columbia College Chicago

Posted August 05, 2010 by Anonymous
Part 1.
Year Founded: 
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
non-profit printshop and gallery
1c. Organization's annual budget.: 
$100,001 - $250,000
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
Part 2.
2a. Mission Statement: 
Anchor Graphics is a not-for-profit printshop that brings together, under professional guidance, a diverse community of youth, emerging and established artists, and the public, to advance the fine art of printmaking by integrating education with the creation of prints. Anchor Graphics is the only fine art printshop in Chicago that offers a synthesis of educational programs and printmaking opportunities within a professional environment, promoting art as a valuable educational tool, and encouraging professional practice. Hand-drawn, unique images, printed on manually operated presses are a vital means of expression. Anchor is unique in our service to the community as both a professional printshop and community space, operating around two interdependent components found within our mission statement– the printshop and education. The printshop serves as a locus for individual artistic exploration, professional opportunities for area printmakers, and classes for youth and adults. The educational component encompasses our classes, workshops, tours, lectures, demonstrations, and outreach programs. The outcome of these two working divisions is the advancement of the fine art printmaking tradition, and the creation of both new and continuing generations of youth and adults who have experienced the formative power of art in their lives.
2b. Organization History / Organizational Overview. Index of important events in organization's history.: 
Since it inception Anchor Graphics has been creating partnerships with other arts, education and social organizations in the Chicago area to better carry out its mission of providing public access to the fine art of printmaking. Such partnerships have been long-term, lasting years, and short-term, lasting from a few months to a single day. Long-term partnerships have included working with Gallery 37 and Marwen to present printmaking workshops for youth; collaborating with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Division of Continuing Studies to provide printmaking classes for adults; and conducting printmaking demonstrations within the galleries of the Art Institute during their recent Toulouse-Lautrec and Rembrandt exhibitions. Short-term partnerships have included single day workshops with the Terra Museum of American Art, the Mary and Leigh Block Museum, the Smart Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art; presenting exhibitions of prints created at Anchor in venues around Illinois and the Midwest; presenting lectures at area schools and colleges; and working with the Chicago Artists International Program to bring artists from Asia, Africa, and Europe to Chicago in order to create limited edition prints and promote an international discourse among artists. On January 1, 2006, Anchor Graphics embarked on its most ambitious partnership to date, by becoming part of Columbia College Chicago. This innovative partnership will give Anchor Graphics access to the resources of Columbia College, allowing our programming to be carried out to its fullest potential and to reach an even wider audience, while ensuring the longevity of the organization. Under the purview of Columbia College, Anchor will continue to provide educational and professional opportunities to students, artists, and members of the community through classes for youth and adults, exhibitions, artist residencies, lectures, open studio time, publishing projects, and outreach programs with an even more fully developed vehicle for their delivery. Anchor will move into a new facility on Columbia College’s campus in April 2006. Having Anchor Graphics at Columbia College carries on an American tradition of having a well-respected fine art press on the grounds of an academic institution, similar to the Tamarind Institute at the University of New Mexico and Tandem Press at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Anchor Graphics will continue to provide open access to a professional printshop for the general public while offering new areas of exposure and participation for Columbia’s students and faculty. Anchor Graphics’ presence on campus will provide students access to academic internships, curatorial and connoisseurship workshops, as well as visiting artists and lecturers from across the country. In addition it will provide Columbia’s students and faculty the opportunity to work on special collaborative projects designed to integrate the professional world with the educational experience. Columbia College Chicago is an urban institution committed to open access, opportunity and excellence in higher education. It provides innovative degree programs in the visual, performing, media and communication arts to more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Founded in 1890 Columbia College Chicago began as a communications school for women. By 1963, Columbia evolved into a liberal arts college with a “hands-on minds-on” approach to arts and media education and a progressive social agenda. Through the diversity of its students and graduates, the school brings a rich vision and multiplicity of voices to American culture. The partnership with Anchor Graphics is not new for Columbia College. Columbia has helped develop a number of other highly professional arts organizations over the years such as the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, the Center for Book & Paper Arts, the Dance Center and the Museum of Contemporary Photography.
Website Link to Exhibition / Programming / Publishing History:
Part 3.
3a. Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals:: 
David Jones
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Marilyn Propp
3b. Could any of these individuals assist in providing an oral history of your organization?: 
Part 4.
4a. Is organization currently active?: 
4b. Year activity suspended if no longer active.: 
Organization Still Active
Part 5.
5a. Type of organization at its founding.: 
Non-Profit [IRS certified]
5b. Type of organization currently, or at the termination of activities.: 
Non-Profit [IRS certified]
Part 6.
6a. Does the organization have an archive?: 
6b. Are there any short or long-term threats to the organization?: 
None / Not Applicable
6c. Other threats to the organization:: 
Are there other threats to your organization? Please describe below.
Part 7.
7a. How important is to the organization to preserve the organization’s historical material. From 1 – Very Important to 5 – Not Important.: 
1. Very Important
7b. Has planning for the preservation and documentation of archive begun?: 
Our archive is already in place
7c. Does the organization know how and where to seek expertise and assistance?: 
7d. Does the organization have specific concerns regarding starting an archive working with its historic materials?: 
Space Concerns
Part 8.
8a. Is the organization's archives in the collection of another institution or promised to one?: 
8a. Location: 
IF YES to 8: University (Name)
8b. Archival materials are also located at:: 
Where are these locations?: 
Where are these locations? [I.E. Home / Office of Private Individual(s) (i.e. Former Board, Staff, Funders, etc)]
Part 9.
9. Does the organization maintain archives for any other organization.: 
IF YES to 9: 10a. Please describe:
Part 10a.
10a. Is the archive accessible to scholars, curators or researchers?: 
Part 10b.
10b. Are there conditions of access for scholars, curators or researchers?: 
Part 11.
The following questions address the historical materials (type, quantity and storage) of the organization. 11a. Paper Files and Documents: 
Artist Files
Board Minutes
Exhibition or Production Files
Financial Records
Legal Documents
By-laws / Incorporation Documents
Other Paper Files
11b. Artwork and Documentation: 
Prints / Lithographs / Etchings / Screenprints / etc.
Other Artwork
11c. Press and Promotional Materials: 
Announcements, Mailing Cards, etc.
Newspaper / Magazine / Media Clippings
Posters / Flyers
Other Press or Promotional Materials:
11d. Printed Publications: 
Artists' Publications
Commercially Published Materials
Checklists / Performance Programs / Price Lists
Programs of Events
Other Printed Publications
11e. Other: 
Architectural Drawings / Floor Plan
Part 12.
12. What years does the materials cover?: 
Part 13.
13a. How is the material stored?: 
Banker Boxes
Other Boxes
File Cabinets
Flat Files
Three-Ring Binders
13b. Are some or all of these storage units “archival”?: 
Part 14.
14a. Estimated Number of Boxes or Milk-Crate Sized Storage Units: 
1 - 10
14b. Estimated Number of Archive Drawers: 
21 - 30
14c. Estimated Number of Archive Notebooks: 
1 - 10
14d. Estimated the total Linear Feet. ["Linear Feet" is standard measure of the quantity of archival materials on the basis of shelf space occupied or the length of drawers in vertical files or the thickness of horizontally filed materials. For example, a: 
100 - 150
Part 15.
15. Is the historical materials - or archives - inventoried or catalogued in any way, either formally or otherwise?: 
Part 16.
16a. Is there a key, index or finding aid to the materials inventoried?: 
16b. Paper-based:: 
Written or Typewritten Inventories
16c. Electronic Based:: 
Spreadsheet [i.e. Excel]
Part 16 / Electronic Files & Archival Management
16f. Does the organization have a back-up program, or back-up schedule, for its electronic records and perform monitoring of its removable media (i.e. floppies, ZIP disks, CD-ROMs, DVDs, portable hard drives, etc.)?: 
16g. Who is responsible for working with the archival material?: 
General Staff
Part 17.
17. How are new materials processed?: 
Manual System (Card File, File Folders)
Part 18.
18. What, if any, conservation methods are in place for both physical materials and electronic data?: 
None or Limited
Part 20.
20a. What are the goals for the historical materials for the next year?: 
continue archiving
20b. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these short-term goals?: 
20c. What goals are in place for the historical materials for the next three to five years?: 
20d. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these long term goals?: 
20e. Are there any additional goals for the organizations historic materials?: 
Part 21.
21. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next year.: 
$4,000 - $5,000
Part 22.
22. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next five years.: 
$7,001 - $10,000
Part 24.
24. What archival issues could / should visual arts organizations address collectively in the next three to five years? Ranked from 1 (highest priority) to 5 (lowest priority).24a. Shared standards / protocols for digitization: 
Promote professional standards / protocols for digitization
Part 25.
25a. Is the organization a member of, or in contact with, any organizations concerned with archival issues?: 
Who executed this survey.: 
James Iannaccone
I wish to defer payment and allow AS-AP to use these funds to further AS-AP’s efforts to preserve the history of the alternative and avant-garde movement in America.
Is this survey complete and all appropriate questions answered?: