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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.  

Silk Road Rising

Building a Theatre of Inclusion

Perspectives on Asian American Casting and Producing

On February 18, 2013, Silk Road Rising, the League of Chicago Theatres and Lifeline Theatre hosted a panel discussion and community conversation that addressed challenges faced by Asian American actors, particularly as regards casting.

Timothy Douglas

Racial Politics Onstage and Off

A conversation with Actor/Director Timothy Douglas

The task remains for all of us as Americans to emerge from our psychic amnesia surrounding the unresolved legacy of slavery, and on a mass level finally admit that the ongoing conundrum between blacks and whites is a direct result of the overwhelming need for the healing of our shared former atrocity.

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.

Career Moves: David Mack

From Actor to Managing Director

Amy Tofte of the LA Stage Times recently profiled a number of theater artists whose careers have taken some surprising turns. She recounts how creative artists slipped into management roles and how administrative staff used the skills they acquired in the theater to pursue alternative careers. Excerpts from these articles are reprinted here with kind permission from the LA Stage Times.

Career Moves: Diana Wyenn

From Theater BFA to Marketing and Media Relations Manager

Amy Tofte of the LA Stage Times recently profiled a number of theater artists
whose careers have taken some surprising turns. She describes how
creative artists slipped into management roles and how administrative
staff used the skills they acquired in the theater to pursue alternative
careers. Excerpts from these articles are reprinted here with kind
permission from the LA Stage Times

Career Moves: Ryan Maes

From Rogue Artist to Auditor at Haskell & White, LLC

Amy Tofte of the LA Stage Times recently profiled a number of theater artists whose careers have taken some surprising turns. She recounts how creative artists slipped into management roles and how administrative staff used the skills they acquired in the theater to pursue alternative careers. Excerpts from these articles are reprinted here with kind permission from the LA Stage Times.

Career Moves: David Tarlow

From Celebration Theatre to Citibank

Amy Tofte of the LA Stage Times recently profiled a number of theater artists
whose careers have taken some surprising turns. She describes how
creative artists slipped into management roles and how administrative
staff used the skills they acquired in the theater to pursue alternative
careers. Excerpts from these articles are reprinted here with kind
permission from the LA Stage Times.  

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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.

My Competitive Advantage: I Hire Artists

by Christopher Ashworth

An actor turned software designer, Christopher Ashworth developed the highly acclaimed program QLab,
an integrated platform for controlling lights, audio, and video tech in live
performance. In a 2010 blog post he reflects on the advantages of hiring
artists as employees.

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.

Press Kit Essentials for Theater Companies

Advice from Theater Critics

Kerry Reid (freelance critic for the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Reader) and Kris Vire (Theater Editor, Time Out Chicago) share the dos and don’ts of press kits for theater artists.

Selling Tickets with a Positive Twist

Chicago storefront theaters experiment with dynamic pricing

In recent years, dynamic pricing has become an increasingly common practice at large performing arts organizations such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and in those contexts it has proven to be very successful. As the example of Theatre Wit shows, this practice is now also making its way into smaller storefront theaters around Chicago.

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