Initiated in 2013, LAUNCH Invitational Residency is a nomination-based professional development program for artists emerging from Chicago-area undergraduate schools.
In a series of workshops, artist talks, panel discussions, and site visits, students are exposed to working artists and professionals from a wide array of contexts throughout the city, making this an excellent opportunity to develop contacts outside of academia. Ongoing engagement with a growing alumni network helps students build their community of peers and be proactive about their career development.
Informed largely by the self-assessments that resident artists complete during the application process, the LAUNCH curriculum combines group activities and focused individual work. The Creative Project Canvas guides the curriculum's structure.
Monday - Ecosystems + Creating a Vision and Plan for the Future
Creative Project Canvas + The Planning Process | Jordan Martins // Selina Trepp // Penny Duff
Understanding Your "Why" + the Arts Ecosystem | Kate Dumbleton
Why Make Art Now? | Aay Preston-Myint // Matt Austin // Rashayla Marie Brown
Tuesday - Compiling Tools for Success + Building Community
Financial Literacy | Courtney Beckers // Jeff Freedman
Know Your Rights | Marci Rolnik Walker
1821 West Hubbard Street Lofts Site Visit: Sustaining a Creative Practice + Building Community Outside of Academia | Chad Kouri // Jessica Pierotti // Nicolette Ross // Sam Rosen
Wednesday - Telling your story
Crafting a Winning Proposal | Dana Bassett
How to be Great at the Internet | Nadine Nakanishi // Nick Butcher
Group Critique: Artist Statements | J. Gibran Villalobos
Thursday - Putting it all together
Advice for Emerging Artists: Panel Conversation + Individual Meetings | Brandon Alvendia // Christa Donner // D. Denenge Akpem // Edra Soto // Emanuel Aguilar // Jefferson Godard
Self-Care + Wellness Practices | Rhonda Wheatley
Applicants for LAUNCH Invitational Residency must be:
- Completing a BFA or BA degree program at a partnering school
- Nominated by faculty through an internal process
- Able to attend the entire 4-day program
2017 School Partners
North Park University
Northern Illinois University
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
University of Illinois – Chicago
University of Chicago
Designed to be supported in part by nominating schools and therefore at no cost to participating artists, tuition includes guest speaker presentations and consultations, all residency supplemental materials and workbooks, online resource development, and meals throughout the weekend. LAUNCH residents also receive a complimentary 1-year Artist Membership to Chicago Artists Coalition.
LAUNCH will occur off-site in 2017. Our partnering organization this year Hairpin Arts Center, located in Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood.