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Arts Program Design + Development

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

This hands-on workshop will guide arts professionals through the process of conceptualizing and implementing sustainable art programs and incubators.

Focusing on a range of skills including communicating creative vision, community building, collaboration, planning, budgeting, fundraising, marketing, and documentation, Cortney will provide arts professionals with tools to develop a feasible program development plan.

This workshop is presented as part of a pilot program of professional development for arts administrators and cultural workers at CAC. 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.
5:00 - 6:00 | Social Hour with Refreshments
6:00 - 8:30 | Workshop 
Learning Objectives
  • Understand foundational elements of a program development plan and how to craft a scope document.
  • Identify and evaluate pre-existing resources/relationships that may contribute to program development.
  • Develop a realistic project timeline and budget.
  • Identify potential funding opportunities in a diversified approach to fundraising.
  • Gain hands-on experience with program design tools in a supportive peer environment.
Guest Facilitator

Cortney Lederer is an arts consultant, arts advocate, and project manager with sixteen years of experience managing an array of artistic programming for organizations and businesses. From 2011–14 she served as the Director of Exhibitions and Residencies at the Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC), where she designed and managed its two residency programs: BOLT Residency and HATCH Projects. While at CAC, Cortney curated and managed special projects for businesses and organizations and produced hundreds of solo and group exhibitions during her tenure.

As of June 2014, Cortney launched CNL Projects (CNL), which provides project-based consulting to organizations with a specialization in curating, project management, program design and development. In addition, Cortney teaches two graduate-level courses in the Arts Administration and Policy department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Cortney received her BA in Sociology from George Washington University (1999), a BFA from the University of Victoria (2002), and a dual Masters degree in Modern Art History, Theory and Criticism and Arts Administration and Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2009). Currently, she serves on the board of Every House Has a Door, the Education Advisory Committee for the Chicago Artists Coalition, and Programming Advisory Committee for Snow City Arts and serves as an Art Table member.


Chicago Artists Coalition
217 N. Carpenter St.
Chicago, IL


$20 General Public | $10 CAC Artist Members | FREE for Current BOLT/HATCH/LAUNCH + FIELD/WORK Residents