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FIELD/WORK

Field/Work

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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Documentation + Marketing for Pedagogical Practices

Monday, August 29, 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Sara Black will teach strategies for cultivating a dynamic portfolio capable of articulating the interplay between your creative practice, your pedagogical perspective, and your students’ experiences—and the blurry connections that often appear among all three.

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FIELD/WORK Residency Info Session #2

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

CAC is excited to introduce the inaugural FIELD/WORK Residency. Join us for an upcoming FIELD/WORK Residency Info Session where we will share more details of the program and answer your questions.

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Compose, Revise, Repeat: Writing Skills for Artists

Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 11:00am to 3:00pm

Artist, educator, and writer Stacia Yeapanis will provide insight into best practices for writing about your creative practice with an emphasis on artist statements, project descriptions, bios, and

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Office Hours: Portfolio Review

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Office Hours: Portfolio Review is an opportunity for artists to meet with Chicago-based curators.

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Core Creative Project Development Skills

Monday, October 24, 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

In this workshop, arts consultant Cortney Lederer will introduce the core principles of project development and strategies that artists can utilize to bring projects from concept to fruition.