Chicago Artists Coalition supports emerging and mid-career Chicago artists through our education programs that focus on professional development.

FIELD/WORK, a six-month educational seminar, is designed for artists wanting a deeper engagement in vital issues for artists’ professional development. These educational seminars offer critical feedback and support in designing a pathway to progress with individual artistic career goals. Artist work independently or in cohorts of 24 to set and achieve professional goals, while building long-term plans for the future.

Chicago Artists Coalition collaboratively developed our FIELD/WORK curriculum to combine nuts-and-bolts entrepreneurial skills with deep thinking about creative practice and community building. Our goal is to empower artists to create the foundation for a sustainable creative career. FIELD/WORK offers a combination of core curriculum events and resident-only working sessions.

 

Ethos & Curriculum Design

CAC designed FIELD/WORK for artists from all disciplines who are motivated to commit 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. Drawing from a series of workshops, readings, consultations, assignments, and individualized support, a highly personalized Artist Plan guides the curriculum's structure. Artists 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.

 

How the FIELD/WORK program works

Six of the program’s 12 sessions constitute the Core Curriculum, and are open to general public registration. These workshops focus on the core tactical components of any artists’ professional development.

 

Learning Objectives

  • 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 practical 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

Intermingled with public events are Resident-Only Working Sessions primarily structured around discussion with guest experts. These working sessions also offer peer support and a knowledge exchange to help further the development of one another’s artist plans.

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