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Ethos & Curriculum Design
The FIELD/WORK Residency program is designed for artists from all disciplines who are at a point in their careers such that they are motivated to commit to six focused months of professional development education and experimentation in order to identify and achieve short-term goals and long-term visions for career growth. A highly personalized Artist Plan assignment guides the curriculum's structure. Residents participate in a continuous feedback loop with mentor artists, professionals from the field, and one another to support the evolution of each other’s strategic approach to career development.
- Saturday, October 14 | 10:00am - 4:00pm
- Retreat #1: From Planning to Designing, plus Personal Values: How to Use Your Map + Compass workshop with Lee Anderson
- Monday, October 16 | 6:00 - 8:30pm
- Adapting the Business Model Canvas for Creative Careers with Kate Schutta
- Monday, October 23 | 6:00 - 8:30pm
- Artist Statement Best Practices + Small Group Critiques with J. Gibran Villalobos
- Monday, November 6 | 6:00 - 8:30pm
- Building an Audience + Community of Support for Your Practice: Connecting with Arts Professionals with Emanuel Aguilar, Julia Fischbach, Patti Gilford, Jason Pallas, and Kate Sierzputowski
- Monday, November 13 | 6:00 - 8:30pm
- Artists’ Funding Models with Sarah Lombardi, Cortney Lederer, plus Rashayla Marie Brown, Mark Jeffery, and Sonnenzimmer (Nadine Nakanishi and Nick Butcher)
- Monday, November 20 | 6:00 - 8:30pm
- Crafting a Winning Proposal with Dana Bassett
- Monday, December 4 | 6:00 - 8:30pm
- Know Your Rights: A Toolkit for Cultural Producers with Patrice N. Perkins
- Monday, December 11 | 6:00 - 8:30pm
- Demystifying the Application Review Process + Proposal Critiques with Kalena Chevalier, Rebecca Parker, Nikki Patin, Allison Peters Quinn, Teresa Silva, and Caroline Stearns
- Saturday, January 6 | 10:00am - 4:00pm
- Retreat #2: Artist-Centric Community Models with Christa Donner, Felicia Holman, Jordan Martins, and Veronica Casado Hernandez + Resident Artist Talks
- Monday, January 22 | 6:00 - 8:30pm
- Strategic Marketing for Creative Practices with Bianca Marks
- Monday, February 12 | 6:00 - 8:30pm
- Building a Plan for Action + Resident Artists Talks
- Saturday, March 10 | 10:00am - 4:00pm
- Retreat #3: Artist Plan Critiques, Failure Immunity, and Next Steps with Duncan MacKenzie and Edra Soto
- Develop vital business and creative skills for the world of artists’ professional practice today
- Create a personalized Artist Plan designed to help residents identify and achieve professional goals
- Build a supportive community among peers and professionals in the field
- Receive feedback and tactical advice from mentor artists and other innovative thinkers
- Prepare a suite of professional application materials that can be used for various opportunities
- Devote time to introspection about the future of one’s professional practice
- Access educational resources and reading materials on entrepreneurial skills and special topics
FIELD/WORK Residency applications will be evaluated by a jury of Artist Mentors, Guests, and CAC’s Director of Education.
Artists from all disciplines and points in career growth from emerging to mid-career are encouraged to apply. The unifying factor is the desire to make a big leap forward, the motivation and commitment to do the work, interest in being an active participant in a supportive community, and an enthusiasm for the process.
CAC does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, color, sex, age, veteran status, or disability.
Tuition is $60 per month, totaling $360 per resident for the entire program.
Selected applicants must sign a contract and provide the first month's tuition by October 7, 2017 in order to participate.
To be considered eligible, applicants must:
- Reside in the Chicago area during the residency.
- NOT be currently enrolled in a degree-granting program or its equivalent.
- Complete the FIELD/WORK Residency online application (including CV/Resume and work samples) at Slideroom.com by August 30, 2017 at 11:59pm.
- Pay a non-refundable $5 application fee.
- Be able to attend all meetings except for cases of illness or emergency.
Important Dates for 2017
July 27: Application opens on Slideroom.com
August 7: FIELD/WORK Residency Info Session #1 from 6:00 - 7:00pm
September 8: Application deadline on Slideroom.com at 11:59 pm
September 20-26: Selected applicants notified via email
October 2: Signed contract and security deposit due
October 14: FIELD/WORK Residency begins
For more Information:
Contact Penny Duff, Director of Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org.