Learn the business. See the sights. Meet the experts. Become the future of arts entrepreneurship.
Duke in Chicago is a 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.
Get experience in the field through Duke in Chicago:
Work at an internship in marketing, administration, archiving, grant writing, presenting, and studio management with The Second City, world’s premier comedy club/theater and school of improvisation; Steppenwolf Theatre Company; Harpo Creative Works TV; Museum of Contemporary Art; Leo Burnett Advertising; eighth blackbird, contemporary chamber music sextet; Artisan Talent; Joffrey Ballet; and more.
Learn from famed guest speakers:
Meet with Welz Kauffmann, president/CEO of Ravinia Festival; Martha Lavey, Artistic Director of Steppenwolf; Theaster Gates, Installation artist Social Practice artist; Robin Hammond, Director of Marketing, The Second City; Peter Taub, directs performing arts programs, Museum of Contemporary Art; Katie Berenbom, Senior Producer Harpo Creative Works; and Steve Albert, Executive Director, Court Theatre.
Experience Chicago’s vibrant arts scene:
Visit Millennium Park; The Art Institute of Chicago; The Museum of Contemporary Art; DuSable Museum of African American History; River North galleries; Chicago Architecture Tour; and Frank Lloyd Wright Houses. See performances across all tiers of the Chicago theatre scene, from Goodman, Steppenwolf and Victory Gardens to the booming storefront scene. Enjoy free music, food, and art festivals.