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FIELD/WORK, a year-round program of workshops and personalized consultations, provides artists of all disciplines and career stages with the entrepreneruial skills and comprehensive strategies needed for creative and professional success.  

FIELD/WORK is comprised of 2 educational initiatives:

FIELD/WORK Residency

The FIELD/WORK Residency is an opportunity for working artists to access a deeper engagement in vital issues in artists’ professional development and critical feedback and support in designing a pathway to progress with individual goals. Informed in part by the self-assessments resident artists complete during the application process, the FIELD/WORK Residency curriculum combines nuts-and-bolts entrepreneurial skills with deep thinking about creative practice and community building to empower artists to create the foundation for a sustainable creative career. For more information about FIELD/WORK Residency, see the program guidelines.

FIELD/WORK Public Programs

- 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.

Registration fees for CAC's 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.


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Teaching Artists Summit 2018

Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

The third annual citywide Teaching Artists Summit will provide a space for reflection and education on ways that teaching artists can build sustainable careers and creative practices in the field and how arts pedagogy can create meaningful platforms for visioning, self-confidence, and strategic thinking.


Collaborative Practices for Artist-Run Spaces

featuring Hume Chicago, 4th Ward Projects, The Weaving Mill, and Tiger Strikes Asteroid
Monday, May 7, 2018 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Members of artist-run collaborative spaces based in Chicago will introduce us to four different models of collective organizing.


Clinical Skill-Share + Strategies for Teaching Artists

Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Licensed clinical social worker Shipra Parikh will share practical strategies for trauma-informed teaching and guide participants through a process of skill sharing and devising solutions to common classroom challenges.


Arts Program Design + Development

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 5:30pm to 9:00pm

Arts consultant and project manager Cortney Lederer will guide arts professionals through the process of conceptualizing and implementing sustainable art programs and incubators.


In Conversation: Adaptive Leadership

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

In CAC's new series, In Conversation, we invite Chicago's arts and cultural visionaries to explore important topics shaping the field today.