June 28 to August 10, 2014
See Program Schedule for more detailed information on the itinerary.
This is a new six-week, two course credit program for entrepreneurs who love the arts and for artists who want to become entrepreneurial. Through meetings, internships, mentorships, and site visits with prominent individuals in arts-related fields, students will gain valuable knowledge of how arts entrepreneurs have shaped the development of Chicago’s unique theater, music, dance, visual arts, and comedy scene. They will learn how these entrepreneurs have anticipated and resolved complicated problems in the relationship among artistic, administrative and financial factors. Chicago, with its history of storefront startups, provides a unique training ground for students to meet the challenge presented by the second course: devise, workshop and produce an arts-based event. Students—with artistic and/or business acumen-- will form teams.
These teams will develop skills of agency, self-motivation, fundraising, marketing and producing; exercise planning and communication functions; master the elevator pitch; devise innovative ways to do, fund and market their work; learn business skills to maximize creative opportunity; use social media to develop their audience. They will come together, develop connections, build relationships, collaborate and develop the habit of mind to put their artistic work out into the contemporary world. They will learn how to take better charge of their future careers.
Check out this article in the Duke Chronicle that explains what Duke in Chicago is all about: