Initiated in 2013, LAUNCH Invitational Retreat is a nomination-based professional development program organized every June 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 3-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 retreat 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 2018 LAUNCH Invitational Retreat curriculum, please visit the Program Guidelines.
LAUNCH 2019 Details
The 2019 LAUNCH Invitational Retreat took place June 26-18, 2019 at Chicago Artists Coalition.
Upcoming Dates for the 2019 LAUNCH application:
- March 7– Sponsorship Confirmation Due from Schools
- March 7 – Application Opens for Nominees on Slideroom.com
- April 15 – Artist Applications Due at 11:59 pm
- May 1 – Application Decisions to Nominees + Schools
- June 20– Orientation Event
- June 26-28– LAUNCH Invitational Retreat
The 2019 LAUNCH details will be available soon!