About the Xchange


The Global Alliance of Artists Environment Xchange is an online forum where Chicagoland artists and environmental organizations learn about each others interests, post opportunities for collaboration, share resources, and partner with the ultimate goal of improving environmental quality.



The Xchange was founded and coordinated by the Global Alliance of Artists (GAA) in the summer of 2011. GAA, whose mission is to support artists dedicated to social and environmental causes, began this effort after taking part in a study conducted by the Field Museum in 2008 that suggested that artists and environmental organizations possess tremendous potential for collaborating on environmental projects. The Field Museum report identified the arts as “fundamental ways through which people connect to issues of all kinds, including the natural environment." GAA is building on the results of this and other research by creating the Chicago Environment Exchange, a two-part program consisting of 1) an online space where art and environment groups can learn about each others’ interests and post opportunities for collaboration, and 2) a fall Launch where these groups can network, share information, and learn more about potential opportunities.

Contact Information

If you have suggestions, questions, or comments related to the Xchange, please email ChicagoXchange@gmail.com.

Partners & Sponsors

Thank you to our partners, Chicago Wilderness and E2 Evaluation for supporting the Xchange. Our gratitude also extends to our events sponsors, the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture, Caribou Coffee, Consolidated Printing, and Sharprint.
Thank you also to our dedicated Advisory Council:

Susan Ask
Sara Gothard
Megan Isaacs
George Kilian
Marilyn Jones
Laura Lode 
Barbara Koenen
Suzanne Malec-McKenna
Julie Ritchey
Rafael Rosa
Jacqui Ulrich
Frances Whitehead

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