Chicago Artists Coalition’s Launch Residency

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Two weeks ago I had the amazing opportunity to work with the Interdisciplinary Arts faculty members Mel Potter and Bryan Saner as they put the curriculum together for the Chicago Artists Coalition’s Launch Residency.

The Launch Residency was designed for recent graduates of BFA programs who are preparing to start their professional careers in the arts. Twenty four students were selected from eight of Chicago’s best art schools. These students where invited to participate in a three day residency that focused on professional development and community building.

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Working with Bryan and Mel were Tempestt Hazel–the professional development manager at the Chicago Artist Coalition (CAC), as well as the co-founder of Sixty Inches from Center–and Claire Demos–a chicago based photographer and professional development intern at CAC.

 One of the highlights of this experience for me was meeting all the amazing artists that Tempestt, Bryan, and Mel brought in, including:

There were so many great speakers in such a short period of time.  It was amazing. Some examples of different lectures topics were: how to talk about your work, how to present yourself and your work professionally, goal setting, and resource mapping.

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Being able to participate in the Launch Residency was a tremendous privilege for me for a number of reasons, most important of which was having the opportunity to spend more time with amazing artists like Mel, Bryan, Tempestt and Claire.

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