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The 2018 LAUNCH Invitational Residency took place June 18-21, 2018 at Chicago Artists Coalition.

Participating schools included Chicago State University, Columbia College, DePaul University, North Park University, Northern Illinois University, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Chicago, University of Illinois - Chicago... and Marwen!


LAUNCH 2018 Artist Mentors

Chicago Artists Coalition is pleased to have collaborated with the 2018 LAUNCH Invitational Residency Artist Mentors, Brandon Alvendia (artist & curator, educator at Columbia College) and Selina Trepp (artist and educator at DePaul University).

2018 Curriculum

Informed largely by the self-assessments that resident artists complete during the application process, the LAUNCH curriculum combines structured workshops and conversations, assigned readings, group activities, and focused individual work.

Monday - Designing A Vision For The Future + Developing A Plan For Your Goals

  • Future Micro Bio + 3 Goals + BIG Question Share-Out | Brandon Alvendia // Selina Trepp // Penny Duff
  • Personal Values and How to Use Your Map + Compass | Lee Anderson
  • Your Inclusive Art World | Felicia Holman // Latham Zearfoss

Tuesday - Compiling Tools For Success + Building Community

  • Financial Literacy | Sarah Lombardi
  • Know Your Rights | Patrice Perkins
  • 1821 West Hubbard Street Lofts Site Visit: Sustaining a Creative Practice + Building Community Outside of Academia | Anjali Pinto, Folia Loft // Chad Kouri, Post Studio // Jessica Pierotti, Latitude // Marcela Serment, Spudnik Press

Wednesday - Navigating The System + Telling Your Story

  • Crafting a Winning Proposal + Artist Statement Best Practices | J. Gibran Villalobos
  • Group Critique: Artist Statements
  • Connecting with an Audience for Your Practice | Sonnenzimmer (Nadine Nakanishi + Nick Butcher)

Thursday - Assessing your resources + finalizing a plan for action

  • Artist Lifestyles + Funding Models | Alexandria Eregbu // Brandon Alvendia // Huong Ngo // Selina Trepp
  • The Creative Project Canvas + Next Steps

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