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FIELD/WORK, a year-round program of workshops, personalized consultations, peer learning exchanges, and tutorials provides artists of all disciplines and career stages with the educational skills needed for creative and professional success.  

FIELD/WORK is comprised of 3 educational series:

Survival Guide Series

Rooted in key concepts of business training and entrepreneurship, the Survival Guide series is designed to demystify the process of career development and empower creative practitioners by connecting them to business professionals, resources, and advice. Workshops in this series focus on business development, financial planning & management, marketing, and legal topics. In addition to workshops, quarterly Office Hours offer an opportunity for in-depth one-on-one consultations.

Arts-Centered Series

The Arts-Centered series provides a forum to develop the skillsets that are unique to the creative sector. Workshops, panels, and artist talks in this series provide opportunities for arts professionals to deepen their understanding of core elements in and around their creative practice at various stages. Topics such as documentation and preservation of artworks, connecting to galleries, thinking creatively about affordable studio space, and developing a teaching practice aid artists in adopting a holistic approach to their careers.

Peer Exchange Series

The Peer Exchange series’ guiding principle is that we have much to learn from one another. These informal gatherings emphasize direct feedback and discussion of in-progress works among artists, curators, writers, and administrators. At each gathering, a different person takes the lead in facilitation, making this an ever-evolving platform for exchange, learning, and collaboration. The key exchange formats are the Essay Club (a short-form book club) and Curatorial Writing Group (an exploration of exhibition writing), with others in development.

Registration fees for select educational offerings help cover direct program expenses, including speaker honoraria, materials, and other production costs. Individuals who are Artist Members and current BOLT, HATCH, and LAUNCH residents receive free or discounted registration.


Whether or not you have attended an education program at Chicago Artists Coalition, we would love to hear from you. Fill out this short questionnaire about your career ambitions and needs, and help shape future FIELD/WORK programs and content on Chicago Artists Resource (CAR).



Photo by Jessica Pierott

Granted: Crafting a Winning Proposal

Grantmakers and artists share expert advice on funding prospect research and review artist grant proposals.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

In this two-panel workshop, we will explore everything you should consider in your next grant application.

Photo by Jessica Pierotti


Saturday, October 24, 2015 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Co-sponsored by Self Employment in the Arts (SEA), this mini-retreat will introduce emerging artists to many of the entrepreneurial skills and

Photo by Chris Griffith

Let's Get Real (Estate): Finding Affordable Space for Your Creative Practice

Explore different types of studio, live-work, and presentation spaces available to artists in Chicago and how to think creatively about finding space in the city.
Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Artists of all disciplines share one common necessity: affordable space to develop their craft.