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.
- 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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