Articles

Akenya Seymour

Singletrack: Akenya

"Disappear"

You may have heard Akenya Seymour on Chance the Rapper’s #10Day or at one of her jazz showcases around the city. A graduate of the Chicago Academy of the Arts who went on to study jazz voice at Boston’s New England Conservatory, 23-year-old multi-genre artist Akenya Seymour is a force to be reckoned with.

Lake FX Rewind | The Real Deal

Artists Perspectives on Writing Grant Applications

Local funders and artist grantees discuss successful strategies for artists seeking grants.

Lake FX Rewind | Survival Guide Roundtable

The Lake FX Summit & Expo is the region’s largest FREE conference for artists and creative entrepreneurs.

The Chicago Artists Coalition's Survival Guide video series focuses on financial planning, social media marketing and legal issues for entrepreneurial artists. Meet the Survival Guide specialists as they share their insights on common career development questions.

Buffer Overrun

Dancing Off-Kilter: Systems, Uncertainties, Ground

Ginger Krebs ventures into uncharted territories
On a cold December day in Chicago, I walked into the Dance Studio at the Chicago Cultural Center to sit in on a rehearsal of Ginger Krebs’ Buffer Overrun. The room was overtaken by a large pitched platform, the angled surface on which the dancers perform.

An Artist Counseling Artists

A Conversation with Alice Berry

Designer and artistic counselor Alice Berry discusses her designing career, the nature of her practice, and how an artistic identity affects artists' lives.

Curating The Annual

A conversation with lead curator Claudine Isé.

Lead curator Claudine Isé talks about what makes The Annual so important to Chicago artists and what we can expect at this inaugural event.

Ten Years of See Chicago Dance

A Celebration of Chicago's Dance Community's Growth

On the tenth anniversary of See Chicago Dance, the growth of the dance community in Chicago, and the challenges faced by Chicago dance artists.

Image Credit: SAIC Spotlights

Mapping American Culture

A conversation with MAKER Grant recipient, Samantha Hill

The 2015 MAKER Grant recipient, Samantha Hill, talks about her current project, her hopes to expand it, and what it's like to be an artist in Chicago.

Planning and Goal Suggestions

By Karen Atkinson, courtesy of Side Street Projects

Why Plan?

A plan is nothing. Planning is everything.  -Dwight Eisenhower

Successful artists as well as businessmen use creative thinking to get from point A to point B. -James Rosenquist

"In the Age of Collaboration"

A Conversation with Ahmad Simmons

In 2014 Ahmad Simmons was one of four recipients of a $15,000 Lab Artist Award from the Chicago Dancemakers Forum (CDF).

"Don't Be Reasonable"

An interview with Erica Mott

An interview with Erica Mott discussing Cowboys and Vikings Trilogy, her new project, and her definition of failure.

"Art is an Action"

An interview with Rebecca George

The artist on taking her career in her own hands, founding The Art House, and feminism.

Singers KT McCammond and Suzi Petri, CCP Gala, Park West, 2014.

Singers and the Song

Cabaret in Chicago

If you’re interested in attending a performance or getting involved in the community, you are quite lucky – Chicago has options!

The WasteShed in Humbolt Park

Reduce, Reuse, Re-art

Creative Reuse at The WasteShed

For Earth Day I visited Chicago's creative reuse center, The WasteShed, to see how art can contribute to sustainability.

Fernando Jones: A Life of the Blues

Chicago educator, musician, and Renaissance man

Chicago's own guitarist/playwright/teacher, Fernando Jones, discussing his passion for the blues, including his influences and who he has influenced.

Matt Austin

Venue Exploration: The Perch

The evolution of an alternative art space

The venue has evolved from a dining series to publishing house, alternative exhibition space, and pseudo-residency.

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