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Lake FX Rewind | Gaining Access

How to Engage Young Talent in the Music and Film Industries

Key industry professionals and youth from The Chicago Track, an industry school for film and music will join in a discussion about how to leverage and engage the skills young professionals to bring to the creative industries while lowering the barriers to their involvement.

Lake FX Rewind | When History Resonates

When History Resonates: The Contemporization of Classic Forms

How do we explore classic stories and theatrical forms in our contemporary culture and why do we feel the need to re-tell ancient stories? Hear established Chicago-based theater-makers discuss the practice of adaptation and why we need to create contemporary classics.

Lake FX Rewind | Self Management Tool Kit

Self-Management Tool Kit for Artists

Artists and creative entrepreneurs need to know what it takes to make sure the business side of one’s art practice is cultivated and nurtured. Through hands-on activities, handouts, and digital tools, participants will learn to build their business toolkit for a self-sustaining career.

5 Questions with... Janet Ecklebarger

Income tax essentials for artists

In anticipation of Janet Ecklebarger’s upcoming talk “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about the Schedule C* (*But Were Afraid to Ask): Income Taxes for Artists” on Wednesday, March 17 at Chicago Artists Coalition, CAC’s Education Assistant Rachel McDermott asked Janet a few key questions about income tax essentials for artists.

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.

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.

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.

5 Questions with...Patrice Perkins

Key legal issues for artists

In anticipation of Patrice Perkins’ upcoming program Office Hours: Legal Education* on Wednesday, March 9 at Chicago Artists Coalition, CAC’s Education Assistant Rachel McDermott discussed some of the key legal issues for artists with Patrice.

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