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LAUNCH Invitational Residency

LAUNCH Residency 2014

Initiated in 2013, LAUNCH Invitational Residency is a nomination-based professional development program for artists emerging from Chicago area undergraduate schools.  

Combining career development, creative practice, and community-building, LAUNCH empowers students to identify and pursue the next steps in their professional practice by introducing them to the tools, resources, and networks that will help them achieve their goals. Offered to a limited number of promising students selected by faculty, the 4-day-long experience creates an intimate, rigorous environment within which artists learn from both professionals and peers in order to develop a personalized approach to starting a fulfilling career. 

Facilitated by a team of Artist Leaders and Guest Speakers, LAUNCH’s pedagogical model focuses on practical skill-building workshops, creative activities, collaborative brainstorming sessions, and one-on-one consultations. At this critical point in their careers, the residency allows artists a chance to access tactical advice, devote time for introspection about the future, and engage with established, rising, and innovative thinkers in the field.

For more additional information, including the 2017 LAUNCH Invitational Residency Curriculum, please visit the Program Guidelines.


LAUNCH 2017 

The 2017 LAUNCH Invitational Residency will take place June 12-15, 2017 at Hairpin Arts Center.

Participating schools include: Chicago State University, Columbia College, DePaul University, Marwen, North Park University, Northern Illinois University, Northwestern University, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Chicago, and University of Illinois - Chicago.

LAUNCH 2017 Artist Mentors

Chicago Artists Coalition is pleased to announce the 2017 LAUNCH Invitational Residency Artist Mentors will be Jordan Martins (artist, educator at North Park University, and Director of the Comfort Station) and Selina Trepp (artist and educator at DePaul University). 


The nomination and application phase for LAUNCH 2017 is now closed. Nominations for LAUNCH 2018 will begin in early 2018.