2018 Year in Review at LATITUDE


LATITUDE Turned 6!

Thank you so much to our donors, volunteers, staff, and community for supporting LATITUDE's 6th Anniversary Fundraiser! We had a blast celebrating with all of you last June and we're so excited for another incredible year.



Staff and Fellowship Development

In late 2015, LATITUDE developed the Fellowship Program to provide essential training for artists interested in arts administration.  This program has been carrying forward successfully and has proven to be a springboard for fellows into their future pursuits.  Regretfully we will be saying goodbye to our current Education and Programming Fellows, Allison Parssi and Madison Smith, as they complete their one-year terms. Endless thanks to them for their hard work, creativity, and dedication this year. We wish them much success in their future endeavors!

In March of 2018, Ryan Thiel stepped into the new position of Communications Coordinator. Mid-2018 brought the departure of our dedicated Lab Director Simon Pyle, who brought his amazing organization and positivity to the space. Adam Schachner stepped into the role in June and has quickly settled in to this challenging position. Alex Wieder was promoted to the position of LATITUDE Technical Director, and Lauren Dacy began working to assist him as the Lab Technician. Our current Executive Director, Jessica Pierotti, will be stepping down in January. Pierotti will be missed but we are excited for her adventures ahead! Stay tuned for the announcement of our talented and enthusiastic incoming Director in the new year.

Moving into 2019 we're excited to announce that we have created a new Fellowship position focusing on community outreach. We’re looking forward to getting out of the lab a bit more and making new connections all over Chicago!


Education Program

Last year we offered ten more workshops than in 2017, a total of fifteen programs! We developed two new courses, Intro to Studio Lighting, and Trial & Error: The Photographer’s Playbook; and offered four OpenED programs proposed by community members and developed alongside LATITUDE staff. We have received such a positive response from the creative community and are excited to continue expanding the quantity and variety of programs offered in 2019!


Lab Improvements and Additions

This past year LATITUDE built out a new 44” Piezography Pro printer with a K10 ink set, we purchased two new Epson V850 flatbed scanners, and received a donated Epson 9890 so the lab now has three 44” color mural printers! Additionally, we’ve improved lots of details around the space, from a faster router to our new magnetic viewing wall.

Everyone seems pretty excited about developments in the lab. In 2018, LATITUDE welcomed over 1000 community members into the lab space to print, scan, edit, and learn! A new record!


Colleen Keihm