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LAUNCH Program Guidelines

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.

2017 Curriculum 

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

Chicago State University
Columbia College
DePaul University
North Park University 
Northern Illinois University  
Northwestern 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.