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Growing for Good Launch Event

July 28, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Growing for Good Launch Event
Friday, July 28, 6:00-8:00pm

Come and celebrate the official launch of Growing for Good—a collaboration between ASMP Chicago/Midwest, APA Chicago, the Workbook, and Urban Growers Collective (UGC). Urban Growers Collective is a Black- and women-led non-profit farm in Chicago working to build a more just and equitable local food system. The Growing for Good project offers our community a pro-bono opportunity to photograph UGC’s growing season from June to October 2023.

At the July 28 launch event at Stephen Hamilton Studio (1520 W. Fulton), photographer Scott Van Osdol will share a presentation on the benefits of embracing pro-bono work as a creative tool to build your portfolio, expand your network, and give back. Attendees will also enjoy a tasting menu made by local chefs from ChiFresh Kitchen using produce from UGC farms. This event is open to all. We hope you’ll join us for a night of connection and inspiration!


  • 6:00 PM: Doors open / Healthy appetizers prepared by Chicago chefs straight from the Urban Growers Collective city-based gardens.
  • 7:00 PM: Keynote presentation “How Pro Bono Work Built My Career”
  • 7:45 PM: Your turn to ask! Q&A
  • 8:00 PM: Event ends

Thanks to our generous sponsors, tickets to the Friday, July 28th Growing for Good evening event are now free!
Thank you, Workbook, APA Chicago, ASMP Chicago/Midwest, and a special thanks to Stephen Hamilton Productions for donating the studio/meeting space, stocking the bar, and hiring a bartender.



Pro Bono Opportunity

As mentioned earlier, we have partnered with UGC to offer an opportunity to our community. We have two options:

  • Option 1: On Saturday, July 29th, join Scott Van Osdol, taking pictures and giving back at UGC farms around Chicago. We need photographers, video makers, drone pilots, and hair and make-up artists.
  • Option 2: Option 2: Collaborate with UGC to help document their annual growing season from June-October, 2023.

If you are interested in either of these opportunities, please complete this short Google Form to let us know!


Photo © Urban Growers Collective

About Urban Growers Collective
Urban Growers Collective (UGC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that was co-founded  by Laurell Sims and Erika Allen in the fall of 2017. They operate 8 urban farms on 11 acres of land, predominantly located on Chicago’s South Side. Working closely with community partners, their approach is to demonstrate the development of community-based food systems and to support communities in developing systems of their own where food is grown, prepared, and distributed within the community itself. They aim to address the inequities and structural racism in the food system and communities of color. Rooted in growing food, their mission is to cultivate nourishing environments which support health, economic development, healing, and creativity through urban agriculture.


Photo © Scott Van Osdol

About Scott Van Osdol
Scott Van Osdol shoots what he loves—documentary style, both stills and motion. He keeps it simple, clear, and compelling.

His work has appeared in Communication Arts Photo Annual 2019, Lürzer’s 200 Best Ad Photographers,  Graphis Photo, PRINT, HOW, International Photography Awards, PR Week Campaign of the Year, and dozens of local and regional ADDYs.

He shoots pro-bono for projects like Art From the Streets and the Big Bend Rodeo. For ten years he led the Hill Country Ride for AIDS marketing team, working with Austin’s best creatives to raise more than $10 million with campaigns that appeared multiple times in CA, PRINT, and HOW International Design Annual. He rides his bike silly long distances in the Texas heat. See more photos in Workbook and read the interview on the APA National blog.


Thank you to our sponsor:

Workbook continues to serve as the trusted go-to resource for connecting creatives to vetted, top tier commercial artists for hire. Our suite of tools guarantees your work in front of creative buyers. With Workbook’s biannual printed sourcebooks, powerful website and App, Workbook brings the industry’s best artists and creatives together. Whether you’re an artist looking to get in front of the right people or a creative trying to find the perfect talent for your next project, Workbook is there to help.


Stephen Hamilton is a food and beverage director and photographer whose work has appeared almost everywhere you see images of food—on television, in national magazines and cookbooks, on packaging, and across seven seasons of Bravo TV’s Top Chef (as well as appeared as a guest judge on Top Chef Masters). Stephen Hamilton Productions offers full-circle capabilities encompassing still photography; animated stills; cinemagraphs; stop-motion builds; how-to videos; and tight, textured ​delicious moments” videos and broadcast/commercials. The studio is fully integrated to serve clients’ print, digital, and video need




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July 28, 2023
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Stephen Hamilton Studio
1520 W. Fulton St
Chicago, 60607 United States
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