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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.

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


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.

Fundraising for Your Literary Venture

By Rob Duffer

Tips on Raising Money to Launch, Support, or Promote Your Latest Work

So you need money to launch your next literary venture? Then it’s time to reach out to your community (and not just your friends and family) to raise money. Whether you’re publishing a magazine or promoting a book, one of the first things you need to do is determine the scope of your project.

The Advantages of a Writing Group

By Rob Duffer, CAR Literary Researcher

Hi, I’m Rob and I’m in a Facebook writing group. Like most group therapy, it’s helping. There are about 200 of us—colleagues, students, and friends of ideaman and Ray Bradbury biographer Sam Weller—and only about 10 percent of us are posting updates.

The Freelance Hustle

By Rob Duffer, CAR Literary Researcher

For many writers, freelancing poses some obvious benefits, but how to get started—and how to sustain a career—might not be so obvious.

Getting Started

The tired maxim “write what you know” applies more broadly to freelancing: Write what you know or what you want to know. There are tons of specialized websites seeking reviews of places and things in specific geographic areas, such as citizen-journalist blogs like, or digital media sites that are owned and run by reputable news sources (Metromix, for instance, is owned by the Tribune; Centerstage Chicago is owned by the Sun-Times Media Group).

Coordinating a Literary Event

By Laura Pearson, CAR Literary Researcher

If you’ve attended readings, signings, book release parties, and the like, you know that not all literary events are created equal. Some, truth be told, can be a real bummer. When I worked as a media escort (a job that involved transporting touring authors around Chicagoland: hotel to bookstore, bookstore to public radio station, radio station to library, and onward), I witnessed a few such readings. The participants weren’t the bummer, nor the material being read; rather, it was a lack of planning and organization.

At one particularly disastrous reading, the author and I arrived at the bookstore at the scheduled time and spent 20 minutes trying to hunt down the person in charge.

Landing a Literary Internship

By Laura Pearson, CAR Literary Researcher

If you’re looking to land a job in editing, journalism or publishing, an internship is one of the best ways to get your foot in the door ... and sometimes working for free is the only way to get your foot in the door.

What's My Motivation?: Pursuing a Grad Degree in Literature or Writing

By Julie Hunt

It was about 4:30 a.m. one September night in 2007, during my senior year of college, when I found myself staring at my sloping ceiling, eating barbeque potato chips, and wondering what on earth to do with myself when I graduated. I didn’t sleep that night, though not for lack of trying. After slipping under my covers for a few minutes to try to doze off, I found myself sitting at my computer, looking through various graduate colleges’ programs in writing or literature, and mulling over many questions: What did I want to get my degree in? Did I want an MFA or an MA?

Promoting Your Book on Literary Blogs

By Julie Hunt

As an author, self-promoting your work is becoming increasingly important as an escalating numbers of books are published every year. One way to be heard over the noise is to promote your books online. I’m the owner of a literary blog that specializes in reviews of books by Chicago authors and publishers, and I’ve seen lots of books generate interest through online mediums. Reaching out to literary blogs in particular is a great strategy.

Literary blogs have grown increasingly popular in recent years as sources of news, reviews, and dialogue about books. As newspapers are cutting back their book sections—and in some cases, cutting them out entirely—the web has become an even more important space to represent authors.

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.   

Philip Huang

Cultivating Shamelessness
Artist and provocateur Philip Huang wowed the audience at the recent Dynamic Adaptability conference in San Francisco as he raised money for a series of street performances (see below). At the 2010 Creative Chicago Expo, Huang will present his workshop, "Cultivating Shamelessness."

"The old approaches are dead. Screw submitting for exhibits and doing residencies and going on auditions. We artists must return to the Wild Wild West, and make brilliant careers out of dirt and chutzpah and shamelessness.

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.

Artists United for Health Care

Participate in the Health Care Debate

The Actors Fund’s Health Insurance Resource Center (HIRC), in partnership with The Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI) and Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC), has launched a national artists’ health care reform website, Artists United for Health Care.

As attention to health care reform takes center stage nationally, the Artists United for Health Care site brings attention to the critical place of artists in the reform debate.

Free Business Education Workshops and Certification

Sponsored by the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Licensing

Tough economic times may be the best time for entrepreneurs to get a leg up.  Just ask the 200 or more Chicago entrepreneurs that have enrolled into the City of Chicago's Business Start-Up Certificate program. Take it from entrepreneur David Clayton, "This program is outstanding, it provided me with the absolute fundamental knowledge to start a business."

Arts at the Core

A Curriculum Guidebook by the Illinois Arts Alliance

Arts at the Core: A Guidebook and Planning Tool is a helpful resource for arts educators across the disciplines created by the Illinois Arts Alliance. The guidebook addresses major questions posed by teachers and administrators, such as what constitutes a quality curriculum, how to integrate the arts into other subjects, and how to deal with a lack of resources.