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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.


Whether or not you have attended an education program at Chicago Artists Coalition, we would love to hear from you. Please click the link below.

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Know Your Rights: A Toolkit for Cultural Producers

Monday, December 4, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Attorney Patrice N. Perkins will introduce artists to your fundamental rights as independent, freelance workers under the law and how to best advocate for your own financial remuneration and intellectual property protections.


Office Hours: Portfolio Review

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

This edition of Office Hours: Portfolio Review is an opportunity for artists to meet with directors of independent galleries and project spaces throughout Chicago.


Strategic Marketing for Creative Practices

Monday, January 22, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Bianca Marks, founder of boutique agency Marks on Canvas, will share best practices for developing effective communications campaigns to support your creative practices.


Building a Studio Archive: Tools and Digital Resources for the Arts

A two-part workshop taking place January 24 and February 21.
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Archivist Kara Jefts leads this two-part workshop series, which provides tools for artists, curators, and arts administrators who want to learn how to build a digital archive.