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FIELD/WORK Public Programs


FIELD/WORK Public Programs features workshops and panel conversations, individual consultations, and peer learning exchanges that provide artists and arts professionals in all disciplines and career stages with the educational skills and community needed for creative and professional success.

FIELD/WORK Public Programs are structured around 4 primary educational strategies:

- Core Curriculum

Rooted in key concepts of entrepreneurship and creative practice, Core Curriculum workshops focus on the foundational components of any artists’ professional development. The Core Curriculum is designed to demystify the process of career development and empower creative practitioners by connecting them to professionals in the field, business resources, practical tools, and real-world advice.

The 2018-2019 Core Curriculum includes workshops on the following topics:
  • Artist Case Studies: Business Models
  • Understanding Philanthropy + Crafting a Winning Proposal
  • Artist Case Studies: Project Development
  • Storytelling with a Purpose: Public Relations with Artists
  • Artist Case Studies: Connecting with an Audience + Community of Support
  • Know Your Rights: A Legal Toolkit for Cultural Producers

Parallel to the Core Curriculum, additional public workshops offered throughout the year provide another forum to develop skillsets that are unique to the arts sector, such as financial strategies for creative careers, documentation and preservation of artworks, gallery representation, pricing artwork for the commercial market, website development, income tax essentials, and more. 

- Office Hours

Hosted on a quarterly basis, Office Hours offer an opportunity for in-depth, one-on-one consultations. Primarly structured around a portfolio review, the 30-minute meetings provide an opportunity for artists to discuss a wide range of professional development issues with Chicago-based curators, gallery directors, museum professionals, arts writers, and other cultural producers.  

- Teaching Artists Summit Series

Organized in partnership with the Hyde Park Art Center, the Teaching Artists Summit series offers half-day and daylong convenings that aim to support the growth of Chicago’s teaching artists through professional development and community-building around critical issues in teaching artistry today. Focusing on the theory and practice of topics including curriculum design, student-centered classroom management, self-assessment, communication strategies, advocacy, and more, the Teaching Artists Summit series is open to teaching artists working across disciplines, contexts, and student populations from throughout the city. 

- Professional Development for Arts Professionals

In addition to organizing a constellation of learning opportunities for working artists, a selection of FIELD/WORK public programs directly foster professional development for arts administrators and cultural producers. CAC offers this educational support via topical workshops embedded throughout the FIELD/WORK curriculum as well as in program offerings designed specifically with the needs of arts professionals in mind. Whether someone earned a Masters degree in Arts Administration, is at the helm of an artist-run organization, or has a creative practice that requires an additional level of infrastructure, we hope to add a layer of education and support for Chicago-based arts professionals across the spectrum.

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, FIELD/WORK, HATCH, and LAUNCH residents receive free or discounted registration.


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FIELD/WORK Public Programs

Rethinking Portfolio Website Design

Monday, March 11, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

This hands-on workshop with Margot Harrington will help you evaluate your portfolio website needs and reimagine a new presence for your creative practice online.

FIELD/WORK Public Programs

Office Hours: Portfolio Review

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

This edition of Office Hours: Portfolio Review is an opportunity for artists to meet with arts consultants and independent curators from throughout the city.

FIELD/WORK Public Programs

Teaching Artists Summit 2019

Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 11:00am to 3:00pm

The fourth annual citywide Teaching Artists Summit will provide an opportunity for arts educators to actively build a teaching practice rooted in anti-racist concepts and practices.