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Chicago Artists Coalition & Hyde Park Art Center Collaborate On Citywide Teaching Artists Summit

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Chicago Artists Coalition & Hyde Park Art Center Collaborate On Citywide Teaching Artists Summit

Chicago Artists Coalition contact: Penny Duff, Education Manager

Hyde Park Art Center contact: Jeannette Tremblay, School & Studio Manager


Chicago Artists Coalition and Hyde Park Art Center are pleased to present the 1st annual citywide Teaching Artists Summit. Taking place at the Art Center on Saturday, April 2, 2016, the Teaching Artists Summit is a day-long convening bringing together teaching artists across the city for professional development and community-building around critical issues in teaching artistry today.

Hyde Park Art Center’s Executive Director, Kate Lorenz, and Chicago Artists Coalition’s Executive Director, Caroline Older, are excited to embark on this new partnership, which furthers both organizations’ shared mission to support the growth of professional development opportunities for Chicago artists.

With an overarching focus on strengthening the relationship between creative practice and teaching practice, the Teaching Artist Summit will feature a keynote talk by College Art Association’s Distinguished Teaching of Art Award recipient  Sabina Ott. Ott, whose site-specific solo exhibition who cares for the sky? will be on view at the Art Center February 21 – May 1, 2016, is an artist, teacher, administrator, and founder of the exhibition space Terrain based in Oak Park.

In addition, the Summit will also host artist-led micro-workshops covering practical and philosophical issues in teaching artistry and an interactive curriculum slam. Workshop artist-facilitators include: multidisciplinary artist/educator/arts organizer/curator Sara Black, new media artist/educator/organizer Nick Briz, artist and curriculum specialist Rachel Harper, along with additional presenters that will be announced shortly.

The Summit is co-organized by Chicago Artists Coalition’s Education Manager, Penny Duff, and the Art Center’s School & Studio Manager, Jeannette Tremblay.  They are thrilled that their year-long collaboration in developing the Summit creates new opportunities for teaching artists working in all disciplines throughout the city to come together for a day of inspiration, practical advice, and community building. Building off the work already being done by organizations across the city to foster the professional development of teaching artists, Tremblay and Duff hope that the Summit will provide a unique opportunity for cross-pollination among both teaching artists and arts administrators.

Teaching Artists Summit is open to practitioners from all disciplines, geographic areas, and age groups looking to inspire lively and meaningful dialogue with practical implications in the classroom and studio. Teaching artists interested in participating in the Summit must complete an online application by March 10, 2016. More information and a link to apply can be found  here

About Chicago Artists Coalition

Chicago Artists Coalition is an artist service organization dedicated to empowering artists by providing professional resources, programming and advocacy to build a sustainable arts marketplace. Founded in 1974 by a group of local artists committed to securing a better future for Chicago’s artistic community, the organization’s early coalition-building and advocacy efforts provided the foundation for our city’s bustling artistic community. FIELD/WORK, Chicago Artists Coalition’s education program, is a year-round program of workshops, personalized consultations, peer learning exchanges, and tutorials providing artists of all disciplines and career stages with the educational skills needed for creative and professional success.  Chicago Artists Coalition’s mission is supported in part by Arts Work Fund; Alphawood Foundation; Bloomberg Philanthopies; Chicago Community Trust; City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events; Coleman Foundation; Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation; Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation; Illinois Arts Council; Jessica and Timothy Canning Charitable Fund; Joan Mitchell Foundation; John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince Charitable Trusts; and the generosity of its members and donors.

About Hyde Park Art Center

Hyde Park Art Center has been a leader in advancing contemporary visual art in Chicago since 1939. With an expansive reach and bold personality, the nonprofit organization brings artists and communities together to support creativity at every level. As an open forum for exploring the artistic process, the Art Center fosters creativity through making, learning about, seeing, and discussing art—all under one roof. The Art Center is funded in part by: Allstate Insurance Company; Alphawood Foundation; Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts; Bank of America; Bloomberg Philanthropies; a CityArts grant from the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events; Crown Family Philanthropies; David C. and Sarajean Ruttenberg Arts Foundation; Field Foundation of Illinois; Harper Court Arts Council; Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; Irving Harris Foundation; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; The Joyce Foundation; Lloyd A. Fry Foundation; MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince; National Endowment for the Arts; Polk Bros. Foundation; The Reva and David Logan Foundation; Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust; and the generosity of its members and people like you.