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Professional Development

Annually we offer a mix of group workshops, coaching, mentorship, application feedback sessions, and financial consultations that help artists gain valuable, career-building skills.

All artists in the 3Arts network are invited to attend an annual workshop focused on accessibility and Disability Culture featuring guest speakers on a range of topics including the basics of accessibility services to broader themes of disability aesthetics. We also partner with Creative Capital to offer artists subsidized access to selected webinars throughout the year.

As part of our 3AP (3Arts Projects) program, we provide customized coaching on managing successful crowdfunding campaigns and developing a project from idea to completion.

Artists who are nominated and apply for a 3Arts Award are invited to have a private feedback session with a 3Arts staff member about their application. During these meetings we also make time to point artists to other resources and opportunities in Chicago and nationally that could benefit them.

Within a year of receiving a 3Arts Award, artists receive a private consultation with a financial advisor on money matters such as long-term savings, debt-reduction, taxes, and whatever else is on their mind when it comes to financial management. Similarly, recipients of Next Level/Spare Room Awards are offered six private sessions with a professional coach through a partnership with National Arts Strategies.


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"The accessibility workshop and micro-grant that 3Arts offers are an absolute necessity for our arts community in order to continue transforming into an inclusive and welcoming ecosystem."

"The private financial consultation was super helpful, and guided me towards my decisions to utilize the award through a long term trajectory."