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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.

Incorporating a series of templates and resources, this workshop will also introduce ways for artists to assert your legal rights in a variety of circumstances, to develop a legal strategy to suit the needs and ambitions of your practice, and to politically organize on behalf of artists’ rights. 

Learning Objectives

  • Understand what it means to own the copyright in your creative work and your rights when facing infringement issues
  • Discuss how to handle challenging client situations and advocate for compensation for your artistic labor
  • Introduction of pending legislations impacting creative industries and how to influence policy
  • Learn how to get involved as contributing creative citizens

Guest Speaker

Patrice N. Perkins is the founder of Creative Genius Law®, a business and intellectual property law firm and strategic legal partner exclusively for creative entrepreneurs, innovators, and change agents. They are game changers looking to impact the world in creative ways. Patrice’s mission is to encourage clients to tap into the unrealized revenue potential of their intellectual property while using the law to protect and nurture creativity rather than stifling it.  She develops legal strategies and provides counsel in the areas of  business law, contracts and negotiation, intellectual property (trademarks and copyrights), social media, advertising, and marketing law. She’s been recognized by the American Bar Association as a “Legal Rebel” for being a leading innovator in the legal industry. She’s previously spoken at Chicago Creative Expo, Self Employment in the Arts Conference, Chicago Urban League, Chicago Artists Coalition, Blogging While Brown, Alt Design Summit, BlogHer, Eat Write Retreat, and AVVO Lawyernomics to name a few. She's appeared in popular media and blogs including FORTUNE, NBC, Women 2.0, Design Sponge, Young, Fabulous & Self-Employed, Carol Roth and is a member of the Board of Directors for Chicago Artists Coalition. Patrice publishes Creative Genius Society, a business and law blog, and is the creator of the Quit Kit, a strategic planning system to help creative entrepreneurs ditch their 9 to 5 for full-time entrepreneurship. You can follow Patrice on Twitter and Instagram @creative_esq.


This workshop is presented as part of CAC's FIELD/WORK Residency. In order to engage Chicago's broader creative community, a limited number of spaces for select residency workshops are open to the general public and CAC Artist Members. 

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

Online registration for this program is now closed. Registration is available at the door prior to the event!