This December marks the return of the Outpost Exchange Alternative Gift Fair. As an alternative to a traditional trip to a shopping mall, you can honor family and friends by donating to an organization that fits their values. Donations take the form of “gifts” that participating non-profits offer shoppers. The event calls attention to the growing needs in the community in a manner that invites you to come to the table in the spirit of holiday giving traditions. Last year’s fair drew hundreds of visitors and raised several thousand dollars for local charities. For us, The Alternative Gift Fair is a great as it helps to build relationships and community.
When you visit the Exchange Alternative Gift Fair, you will receive a “shopping list” of participating non-profit groups which show the different donation levels shoppers can support. Gift cards will be available to complete the gift giving experience. WPCA will be offering memberships of different levels, starting with our basic artist membership of $ 25, together will limited edition T-shirts featuring WPCA artists and special artistic goodie bags.
The Alternative Gift Fair will be in conjunction with the Buy Local Fair, sponsored by Our Milwaukee, a local business alliance that advocates for locally owned, independent businesses. Together, both events bring attention to the importance of supporting and living local. For a complete list of participating AGF organizations, visit the link.
I am a visual artist (specializing in print-media and print-making), writer, educator and curator. I was born in Warsaw, Poland, graduated from Warsaw Fine Arts Academy and left my lovely, chaotic country for the Rust Belt of the U.S. of A. in 2002.
I have had a number of teaching stints, including Warsaw Academy, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where I taught printmaking classes for over 5 years. Once I wrote regularly for the local arts magazine "Susceptible to Images," before it dissipated into the virtual ether. Currently, I share my time between Milwaukee, WI and Chicago, IL. Having worked in the arts and the academia for nearly 10 years, I was possessed by an idea of returning to school to pursue yet another degree: dual Masters in Art History, Theory and Criticism and Arts Administration and Policy at SAIC (the School of the Art Institute of Chicago).