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Let's Grow ILA!

We're an organization dedicated to educating, celebrating and elevating our community, as we explore the power of Black artistry. Join Us!

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Campaign Ends on July 7, 2021

Project Description

collaborative, community

 

Who we are

ILA is a collaborative creative community in Chicago and for the past 5 years, we've been dedicated to educating, elevating, and celebrating Black artists and Black artistry. 

 

black artists

 

I-L-A simply stands for I Love Art, and it is through this statement that we plan to expand the narrative of what accessibility to the arts looks like. By hosting educational art experiences, creative events, and an enriching youth mentorship program, we're committed to offering people who don't traditionally have the space to express themselves, an outlet to do so. 

 

black artists, community, chicago

 

Why do we need space? Why do we need resources? Because this generation and future generations are reliant upon it. Art is a gift, and there are so many unopened gifts existing within Black bodies, simply because we don't get the same access and resources. But at ILA, we're changing that. 

 

What we need

 

black artists, youth, funding

 

The contributions of friends, family, supportive volunteers, interns, and collaborative partners helped to further this work for the last five years. But in order to reach more, and serve more, I'm going to need more.

 

Transitioning our entity to 501C3 status, building a team to heighten our work, and beginning the formative steps to secure a space and plan build-out is going to take support. I'm so filled with gratitude in knowing I've found support in you.

black creators, safe space, solution

 

Help us Grow!

Where there is art, there's a story, and OUR stories are the building blocks to this immersive and expansive culture. We just need spaces to express and share them.

 

collaborative, community, chicago, art

 

How great is it that the seed you plant in us today will bear fruit that many can eat + grow from later. Your support helps us create space! Thank you for your contribution today.

 

Our Journey

 

ILA Creative Studio

 

About our Founder

 

Rachel Gadson

 

Rachel Gadson was born and raised on the southside of Chicago. She has a strong attachment to the creative arts community and is a proud Chicagoan. She attended Florida A&M University where she attained her Bachelors in the field of Graphic Design (magna cum laude); and also studied internationally at Studio Arts Center International, in Florence, Italy. 

A combination of love for the creative arts industry, and a keen desire to empower creatives (particularly creatives of color) shapes the trajectory of Rachel’s career and it’s the same fire that keeps her propelling toward her goals. With a portfolio that spans across varying industries with clients like Jewel Osco, PNC Bank, Hilton, Samsung and GitHub, Gadson now dedicates her time to creating access for more Black and Brown creatives to have the same experiences she has had and beyond. 

 

support, black artists, chicago

Updates

The Campaign FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Why can't I get my product as soon as I purchase a reward?
    Great questions! For fulfillment purposes, its best that we place one huge order at once, instead of single requests each week. As soon as our campaign closes, you will be contacted with shipping information.
  •  Where will the Creative Sips take place?
    These events will occur at varying locations across the Chicagoland area. Your sponsorship helps to secure space for these events to take place.
  • What type of art will I get with my ILA Angel sponsorship?
    All ILA Angels will receive a print from one of the following artists apart of our community as an additional Thank You! The size of the print is contingent on artists' inventory at the close of the campaign. 
  • What will my donation go toward?
    All donations for our campaign will go toward operational build-out as we transition to 501C3 status, funds for future in-person event experiences, and funding to support future planning and acquisition of leased space for our studio.
  • Will I be able to write this off as a tax-deductible gift?
    Yes! All donations made to ILA in the year 2021 and beyond will be allotted as tax-deductible gifts once our entity transition is complete. 

 

 

Sonia Jones
06/16/2021
ILA Swag Bundle
$100
Alicia Brown
06/16/2021
ILA - Black Artist Tee
$50
Cynthia Pong
06/16/2021
Monetary Contribution
$100
LaVandez + Ashley Jones
06/15/2021
Sponsor a Creative Sips
$650
Whitney Carlyle
06/14/2021
Sponsor a Creative Sips
$650
YVONNE MCGEE
06/14/2021
1-1 Consultation with our Founder
$250
Charlotte Upshaw
06/13/2021
Monetary Contribution
$200
Nia Hall
06/13/2021
For the Love of Black Artists
$20
Corey
06/11/2021
Monetary Contribution
$50
Reginald Williams
06/11/2021
Monetary Contribution
$50
Monetary Contribution

Just because I love this mission and I love what Rachel has started!

15 Supporters
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10.00 USD
For the Love of Black Artists

An ode, an homage, an honor, to Black artists and their talents. Past, present and future.

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4 Supporters
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50.00 USD
ILA - Black Artist Tee

Represent ILA in this dope, limited edition tee. Exclusively created for this fundraise!

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11 Supporters
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250.00 USD
1-1 Consultation with our Founder

Our Founder has had experience in more ways than one on what to do, and what not to do when introducing a new creative concept. If you are interested in learning about pivotal ways to advance your next creative spark and learn how to create a killer proposal to seal the deal, sign up for this exclusive deal! This will be an hour-long consultation and will include a free proposal template.

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3 Supporters
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650.00 USD
Sponsor a Creative Sips

Two industries hit the hardest due to COVID were the Hospitality and Creative Arts industry. We're re-introducing an event series that will feature artists and folks from the hospitality industry in exclusive, intimate spaces for discourse. By choosing this reward your name (or company's name) will go on all marketing material as the guest sponsor for the event, along with honorable mention during the event. Wait! There's more, you'll get comped entry to all of our Creative Sips for one year! (in-person and virtual)

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4 Supporters
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1,000.00 USD
Branding Consulting Package

Receive your very own logo branding package from our founder herself! As a Graphic Artist working with brands like Samsung, GitHub, Hilton, Jewel Osco and more, she'll create a unique and memorable brand identity for your growing business!

This package includes: 30min consult call, mood board, 3 custom logo concepts/3 revisions, style guide, 30min debrief call. 

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0 Supporters
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2,500.00 USD
ILA Angel

As a thank you for supporting our mission to educate our communities on the importance of Black artistry, we will add your name on the founding donors page of our new and improved ILA website! Plus, a special gift from a featured artist from our community!

*cues Anita Baker* :)

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2 Supporters
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5,000.00 USD
ILA Match - Spark Young Minds

Increasing awareness about ways our youth can create a career within the arts, we're launching the ILA Match mentorship program, where one young artist (age 7-17) will be paired with a professional working artist for 6 weeks to learn and grow in their creative discipline. Your gift helps bring this program to life! Help nurture the creativity that exists in our youth by being the first to fund this very influential program.

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0 Supporters
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Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Just because I love this mission and I love what Rachel has started!

15 Supporters
Select this reward
10.00 USD
For the Love of Black Artists

An ode, an homage, an honor, to Black artists and their talents. Past, present and future.

146 Left
4 Supporters
Select this reward
50.00 USD
ILA - Black Artist Tee

Represent ILA in this dope, limited edition tee. Exclusively created for this fundraise!

24 Left
11 Supporters
Select this reward
250.00 USD
1-1 Consultation with our Founder

Our Founder has had experience in more ways than one on what to do, and what not to do when introducing a new creative concept. If you are interested in learning about pivotal ways to advance your next creative spark and learn how to create a killer proposal to seal the deal, sign up for this exclusive deal! This will be an hour-long consultation and will include a free proposal template.

4 Left
3 Supporters
Select this reward
650.00 USD
Sponsor a Creative Sips

Two industries hit the hardest due to COVID were the Hospitality and Creative Arts industry. We're re-introducing an event series that will feature artists and folks from the hospitality industry in exclusive, intimate spaces for discourse. By choosing this reward your name (or company's name) will go on all marketing material as the guest sponsor for the event, along with honorable mention during the event. Wait! There's more, you'll get comped entry to all of our Creative Sips for one year! (in-person and virtual)

1 Left
4 Supporters
Select this reward
1,000.00 USD
Branding Consulting Package

Receive your very own logo branding package from our founder herself! As a Graphic Artist working with brands like Samsung, GitHub, Hilton, Jewel Osco and more, she'll create a unique and memorable brand identity for your growing business!

This package includes: 30min consult call, mood board, 3 custom logo concepts/3 revisions, style guide, 30min debrief call. 

5 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
2,500.00 USD
ILA Angel

As a thank you for supporting our mission to educate our communities on the importance of Black artistry, we will add your name on the founding donors page of our new and improved ILA website! Plus, a special gift from a featured artist from our community!

*cues Anita Baker* :)

6 Left
2 Supporters
Select this reward
5,000.00 USD
ILA Match - Spark Young Minds

Increasing awareness about ways our youth can create a career within the arts, we're launching the ILA Match mentorship program, where one young artist (age 7-17) will be paired with a professional working artist for 6 weeks to learn and grow in their creative discipline. Your gift helps bring this program to life! Help nurture the creativity that exists in our youth by being the first to fund this very influential program.

2 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward