Duke University : Global Education for Undergraduates


July 1 to August 13, 2017

To be offered in summer 2017 (this program will run every other year). 

Learn the business. See the sights. Meet the experts. Become the future of arts entrepreneurship.

Duke in Chicago Arts Entrepreneurship 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.

Participants 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 an internship in marketing, administration, archiving, grant writing, presenting, and studio management with organizations such as:

  • 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!

Guest Speakers

Learn from famed guest speakers such as:

  • 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
  • Steve Albert, Executive Director, Court Theatre

Chicago Arts Scene

Experience Chicago’s vibrant arts scene with visits to 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.

    • Head Space (student produced show) Photo
    • Head Space (student produced show) Photo

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