2012 Creative Chicago Expo

A great success!

The 2012 Creative Chicago Expo was a great success. Thousands of arts organizations, creative businesses and independent artists attended the two-day Resource Fair at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Thanks to all the vendors, presenters, staff and volunteers who made the event happen.

Its not too late to learn about the 32 Workshops covering fundraising, space development, board development, and innovative marketing practices including gaming and collaboration, as well as the 130+ top local and national resources and services who were there. Audio recordings and video by Clarion New Media, CAN TV and Tribeca Flashpoint Media Academy will be available soon. 

Friday, March 23 focused on arts organizations and creative businesses. Saturday, March 24 focused on the needs of individual creatives.

Admission was free.  

Highlights from the 2012 include:

Chicago Cultural Plan: Participate in the development of the new Chicago Cultural Plan.

The Paczolt Insurance Oasis: Learn about specific insurance issues for organizations and individuals in one-on-ones and small groups. Data security to temporary event coverage to options for health insurance.

Cork's Cafe: A delicious range of food and beverages to keep your creative juices flowing all day long.

City Treasurer's Small Business Plan Competition

1 Hour Mentor with Howard Tullman, CEO of Tribeca Flashpoint Media Academy, and with Paul Natkin, Executive Director of the Chicago Music Commission and renowned music photojournalist.

32 Free Workshops: from Branding to Business Planning to Engaging your Audience.  

Roundtable Discussions: Conversations on a variety of arts-related topics will be happening on both days in Preston Bradley Hall


21st Century Artisans   
Adler School of Professional Psychology - Art Therapy Department
Aligned Modern Health
Alternative Press Centre
American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP)
Apparel Industry Board, Inc.
ARC Gallery & Educational Foundation
Art Forward
Arte y Vida Chicago
ArtHouse Chicago
Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Arts Alliance Illinois
Arts Consulting Group
Arts eVentures
ArtSpace Projects, Inc.
Audience Architects
The Awesome Foundation
Brava Public Relations
Bridgeport Arts Center/East Bank Storage
Career Transition For Dancers
Changing Worlds
Chicago Access Network Television
Chicago Artistic Alliance
Chicago Artists Coalition
Chicago Cabaret Professionals
Chicago Creative Coalition
Chicago Cultural Alliance
City of Chicago

Chicago Design Meetup
Chicago Film Office
Chicago Filmmakers
Chicago Loop Alliance
The Chicago Mosaic School
Chicago Office of Tourism & Culture
Chicago Park District
Chicago Photography Center
Chicago Public Library
Chicago Rents Right
Chicago Women in Publishing
Chicago Women's Caucus for Art
Chicago WordPress Meetup Group
Chicago Writers House
Chicago.com, Inc.
Chiro One Wellness Centers
Chicago City Treasurers Office
Claretian Associates
Clarion New Media
Columbia College Chicago
The Community Builders, Inc.
Community Film Workshop of Chicago
Community Media Workshop
Constant Contact
The Convergence Project Inc.
Creative Capital
Creative Pitch
Deaf Quest, Inc.
direction tour marketing
Divine Purpose Youth Performing Arts Center
Executive Service Corps of Chicago
Experimental Sound Studio
Expressions From Englewood 
Fractured Atlas
Glenwood Avenue Arts District
Global Alliance of Artists
Gorilla Tango Theatre
Graphic Artists Guild: Chicago Chapter
Historic Pullman Foundation
I Am Logan Square
Illinois Artisans Program
IMAN (Inner-city Muslim Action Network)
Independent Writers of Chicago
Ingenuity Incorporated
Institute of Cultural Affairs- USA
Johnsonese Brokerage LLC
Kartemquin Films
Kick Start Marketing Chicago
Lakeside Legacy Foundation at the Historic Dole Mansion
Latent Design
Lawyers for the Creative Arts
League of Chicago Theatres
Legal Shield, Inc.
Life Law Office
Lifestyle Zen, LLC
Lillstreet Art Center
Little Black Pearl Workshop
Local First Chicago
Metatron Media Inc.
Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago
Midwest Writers Association
Misnomer Dance Theater
Mobile Citizen
Music Industry Workshop
New York Foundation for the Arts
Nuns4Fun Entertainment
Oak Park Art League
Off Campus Writers Workshop
Office of the City Treasurer
Paczolt Insurance Agency of Illinois
Partners for Sacred Places
Peter McDowell Arts Consulting
Poetry Foundation
Preservation Chicago
Project Onward
Quennect 4 Gallery
Ragdale Foundation
Ravenswood Remix
Rebuild Foundation
Rock for Kids
Senior Artists Network
Six Corners Association
Society of Midland Authors
SomerCor 504, Inc.
SpiritWing Dance Ensemble
Spudnik Press Cooperative
Storage Today RiverFront Work Lofts
Striding Lion Performance Group
Superior St/ Superior Rehearsals
T. Daniel Productions, NFP
Technofisch Design Studio
Theori Stages Inc.
Thurgood Marshall Middle School
Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy
The University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies
Urban Art Retreat
United Nations Association Greater Chicago Chapter
Valauskas Corder LLC
Waiting 4 The Bus Poetry Collective
Water Street Studios
WBEZ 91.5 FM
Wenger Properties
Windy City Publishers
Women's Business Development Center

Writers in the Heartland
Your Creative Ally
Z2 Systems

ZAM's Hope Community Resource Center
Zeus Creative Net

The 2012 Creative Chicago Expo is made possible by the following sponsors

Featured Sponsor:
Paczolt Insurance Agency of Illinois


Adler School of Professional Psychology
Chicago Loop Alliance
Clarion New Media
The Convergence Project, Inc.
Corky's Catering Services
School of the Art Institute Continuing Studies
WBEZ 91.5


Creative Chicago Expo and Chicago Artists Resource are programs of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), in collaboration with the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture. CAR is supported by The Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC) and The Ford Foundation, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. 

Published by CAR_Laura on Wed, 02/01/2012 - 4:01pm
Updated on Fri, 01/17/2014 - 7:58pm