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2013 Creative Chicago Expo

Creative Placemaking in Urban Neighborhoods

Roy M. Close of Artspace Projects, Inc.

An overview of Artspace's experience in developing and operating affordable arts projects that address multiple agendas in urban neighborhoods, with examples from Chicago, Elgin, Waukegan, and other communities.

2013 Creative Chicago Expo

Essentials of an Effective Arts Website

Norman L. Lawrence, Jr. of Arts eVentures

Do's and don'ts of an effective arts website - including a discussion of several live sites. The presentation will use the demo sites to show features that work well and how to fix things that are not effective.  

A.B.C.—Art.Business.Create: Modes, Models, and Potential Presentations

Part I: Models, Modes and Potential for Chicago’s Independent, Cooperative and Artist-Run Spaces

A Panel Discussion on Small, Artist-run Spaces and How to Grow Them

A focus on Chicago’s established and growing independent, cooperative and artist-run spaces. In a roundtable dialogue, several key figures discuss the current and potential operational models, how to strengthen our local and global networks and how to support the informal or formal goals of these experimental cultural centers.

A.B.C.—Art.Business.Create: Modes, Models, and Potential Presentations

Part II: Models, Modes and Potential for Chicago’s Independent, Cooperative and Artist-Run Spaces

A Panel Discussion on Small, Artist-run Spaces and How to Grow Them

A focus on Chicago’s established and growing independent, cooperative and artist-run spaces. In a roundtable dialogue, several key figures discuss the current and potential operational models, how to strengthen our local and global networks and how to support the informal or formal goals of these experimental cultural centers.

Nancy Wozny

The Hunt For New Work: Matching Choreographers & Companies

by Nancy Wozny, an excerpt from The Green Room: Dance/USA's E-Journal

Choreographic matchmaking assumes an unspoken chemistry between the director/company and the dancemaker. At some point, the issue of where the new work fits into a company's program comes up. Timing becomes an integral factor, as rising talents often get booked years in advance.

danceuk.org

Dance /USA Taskforce on Dancer Health Insights

Advice & information on preventive health care for the Professional Dancer

Preventive health care and injury prevention should be a routine part of life for every dancer and in every dance company. Dance/USA Taskforce on Dancer Health, a group of passionate, concerned medical staff from dance companies across the country, has developed some valuable medical information.

http://careergirlnetwork.com/finding-joining-board-directors/

Building Your Board

Your board is critical to the sustainability of your organization. How do you decide who to approach, how to approach them and why? This workshop shares some of the best practices when deciding to build a board that works best for your goals.

Creative Chicago EXPO

Keys to Collaboration with Kick Start Marketing

How can you maximize publicity and marketing with limited resources? Dynamic industry leaders explore how collaborative marketing efforts and yield bigger audiences with no increase to the budget.

Understanding Privacy and Publicity Rights in Illinois: What Artists Need to Know

By: Robert L. Margolis, Robinson Curley & Clayton, P.C.

This guide is intended to give a brief overview of Illinois law on the subjects of the rights of privacy and publicity and how those rights impact the work of artists in this State. This guide is not designed to be a comprehensive statement of the law or how it may be applied in any particular case and should not be relied upon as legal advice. Every situation has its own particular elements. If legal advice is required, consult with a competent attorney.

Basic Checklist for Disaster-Prepping Your Studio/Workspace

From studioprotector.org


Fire, flood, earthquake, tornado, snow, ice—every area has its
vulnerabilities. Knowing which hazards could affect your community
enables you to prepare in specific ways to lessen and manage the risks
to yourself and your family, your assistants or co-workers, your art and
your workplace. Here's a preparedness checklist.

L3C: An Alternative to Non-Profit Incorporation?

By Emily Chan, Nonprofit Law Blog

There has been a recent flurry of tweets and blog posts about L3Cs—Low-Profit Limited Liability Companies—as alternatives to incorporating as traditional 501(c) nonprofits. For those who are just joining the conversation now, it may be useful to go over some of the basics of the L3C form. Emily Chan of the NEO Law Group explains:
The low-profit, limited liability company, or L3C, is a hybrid of a nonprofit and for-profit organization.

SBIF Funding Can Help Upgrade your Work Space

Chicago's Small Business Improvement Fund

An important tool for revitalizing Chicago's neighborhood businesses -- including arts and creative businesses -- is the Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF) program.  SBIF uses local Tax Increment Financing (TIF) revenues to help
owners or tenants of commercial and industrial properties within
specific TIF districts to repair or remodel their facilities.   

Artist Live/Work Space License and Zoning Information

From the Chicago Dept of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection

Artists interested in
operating a home-based Artist Live/Work Space
should consider the following licensing information from the Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer
Protection
:


"Showing your art or another person's art to friends or for a private
party, in your home, not open to the public or advertised to the
public, and even selling art in your home does not require a business
license
You
can make art in any residence in
Chicago
without a license. 

Arts Engagement Exchange

An Online Resource to Help Build Arts Audiences

The Arts Engagement
Exchange
(AEE) is a learning network for
Chicago arts and cultural groups on topics related
to audience engagement. Created through a partnership between the Chicago
Community Trust and the Department of Cultural Affairs, with support from the
Wallace Foundation, the AEE works to build
Chicago’s arts audiences by offering free events and
audience development grants to local arts organizations. The AEE website expands the opportunities for dialogue with other organizations that wish to
increase participation in the arts, reach diverse audiences, and deepen
existing audiences’ participation.

What is Fiscal Sponsorship? NYFA's ArtSpire

And how does it relate to you?

Fiscal Sponsorship is a critical way for individual artists, artists' collaborative projects, and emerging arts organizations in all disciplines to apply for funding usually available only to organizations with 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. The right fiscal sponsor will not only allow you to manage your project efficiently, but can actually help you to raise more money and realize your artistic vision.

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