Education & Training

  • Artists U: grassroots planning and professional development program run by and for artists.
  • Audience Architects: professional development and networking through artist membership programs.
  • Chicago Artists Coalition: educational workshops through their “Field Work” series for artists.
  • Chicago Artists Resource: professional development webinars, online articles and a “Survival Guide” for artists and creative entrepreneurs.
  • Chicago Dancemakers Forum: periodically offers professional development workshops, or other career-building initiatives, for dancemakers.
  • Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+): provides direct services and links to other resources, including financial management, marketing, loan programs, legal issues, and business workshops.
  • Creating a Living Legacy (CALL): an initiative of the Joan Mitchell Foundation designed to provide support to older artists in the areas of studio organization, archiving, inventory management, and more.
  • Creative Capital: through online and in-person trainings, this national organization provides career, community, and confidence building tools to help artists become successful artists.
  • Creativz: an online conversation about what artists in the United States need to sustain and strengthen their careers.
  • Inclusion in the Arts: lists resources designed specifically for artists of color and/or artists with disabilities in the performing arts (although of use and interest to every artist).
  • Self-Employment in the Arts: conferences, workshops, panels, webinars, etc for artists in all disciplines.

Emergency Preparedness:

The Studio Protector: Artists’ Guide to Emergencies is an online toolkit (also available in print) developed by the Coalition for Artists’ Preparedness and Emergency Response, and now managed by CERF+. It provides comprehensive tips on safeguarding, disaster planning, clean-up, salvage, and rebounding, that are relevant and easily transferable to artists working in many different disciplines.

Insurance Information:

Getting the Right Insurance Coverage informs uninsured artists about the world of small business insurance and helps artists navigate the insurance industry to get adequate protection.

Here are some local providers of insurance, geared specifically to artists:

  • Fractured Atlas: insurance for individual artists and arts organizations
  • Links Hall: as part of their fiscal sponsorship program, Links also provides insurance
  • The Actors Fund: provides personal health insurance guidance, solutions-based health care counseling, experience-based health referrals, and more.

Residency Programs:

The Alliance of Artists Communities is an international association of artists’ residencies— a diverse field of more than 1,500 programs worldwide that support artists of any discipline in the development of new creative work.