Duke in Chicago–Arts Entrepreneurship
6-week summer study away program
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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.
PROGRAM FAST FACTS
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Dates: Next offered Summer 2020
Application Deadline: February 1
Academic Theme(s): Arts and entrepreneurship
Credit Type: Duke Credit
Eligibility: No prerequisites. Non-Duke students are welcome to apply.
Duke Affiliation: Co-sponsored by Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Housing: Residence Hall
GEO Advisor: Carolyn Covalt
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!
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.
Group photo in front of the famous "Chicago Bean"
Looking at the set model of Steppenwolf's HIR with designer, Colette Pollard.
Site visit to meet Andrew Simnick, Duke alumnus and Senior VP of Finance, Strategy, and Operations at The Art Institute of Chicago.
Students' final performance at The Den Theatre
On set at FOX 32 News Chicago station, meeting main anchor and Duke alumna, Dawn Hasbrouck
Murakami exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art
Group instruction during performance class
Duke in Chicago Arts Entrepreneurship Summer 2017 cohort
It's warm enough during the summer to enjoy the beaches of Chicago!
Behind-the-scenes tour at FOX 32 Chicago station
Rence Nemeh T'16 is an actor at The Second City and an alum of the Duke in Chicago program.
Students will enroll in two courses, each offering one Duke credit. No pass/fail option or auditing is permitted for either course.
- INTERNSHIP / WRITING CLASS
THEATRST 316SA /VMS 315SA / AMI 316SA / DANCE 307SA / MUSIC 316SA / I&E 316SA*
(ALP, R) MMS Approved, 1.0 credit
*Relation to I&E Certificate: The work to create an original production as part of this course satisfies the 150 hour experience requirement for the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Certificate.
This project based class challenges teams of writers, actors, dancers, visual/media artists, musicians, and managers—through collective brainstorming—to devise, workshop, and produce an arts-based event. Students will master the elevator pitch, conduct production meetings, develop fundraising and marketing strategies, devise a publicity/marketing scheme, manage a budget, rehearse, and present the work at the end of the term. Instructor: Coleman
THEATRST 217SA /VMS 221SA / AMI 217SA / DANCE 279SA / MUSIC 217SA / I&E 217SA*
The Economics of Art (The Chicago Scene)
(ALP, CCI) MMS Approved, 1.0 credit
*Relation to I&E Certificate: This course satisfies either the gateway or elective course requirement for the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Certificate program
This guest speaker course introduces students to Chicago and connects them with prominent arts professionals, including Duke alumnae and potential mentors, who will speak about their own experience combining arts and entrepreneurship in such fields as theater, visual/media arts and advertising, film, music, dance, marketing and communications, writing, producing, performance, design, directing, and comedy. Class includes choice of: 1) an internship in arts administration, marketing, or development; or 2) a performance/writing class; and participation in Duke Global Entrepreneurship Networking events. Instructor: McAuliffe
INTERNSHIP / WRITING CLASS
INTERNSHIPS / COMEDY CLASSES
The Economics of Art (The Chicago Scene) requires students to EITHER 1) do an internship in arts administration, marketing, or development; OR 2) take a class in performance or writing.
Option 1: Internship
The internship option can provide amazing pre-professional experiences as well as networking opportunities for the students on Duke in Chicago Arts Entrepreneurship. For some students, this may lead to their being hired full-time after graduation.
Students are responsible for finding their own internships, though the program offers guidance in this process. Students are required to work at their internships for a minimum of 10 hours a week.
- Alan Koppel Gallery (resulted in full time job after graduation)
- Corbett vs. Dempsey (art gallery)
- Victory Gardens Theater
- Manual Cinema
- Chicago Moving Company
- River North Dance Company
- Creative Partners
- Package Zen
- The iO Theater (Chicago’s Best Improv Comedy)
Attention: International Students – If you are an international student studying at Duke on a visa (such as F-1), you will need to obtain the required CPT or OPT authorization if you decide to do an internship as opposed to a performance or writing class (see below). Please contact Duke Visa Services immediately for assistance.
Option 2: Improv or sketch writing classes at the Second City or iO
Students who opt to take a performance or writing class can choose from a variety of classes offered through The Second City and iO, premiere training centers.
COMEDY CLASSES IN IMPROVISATION AND WRITING
- The Second City Training Center:
- The iO Training Center: http://ioimprov.com/chicago/classes/
HOUSING & MEALS
Students are housed in residence halls at Roosevelt University in downtown Chicago, an area with many diverse restaurants. Breakfast is included in the cost of the program, and kitchen areas are also available in the residence halls.
Explanation of Costs
- Program-sponsored activities and excursions
- Orientation program
- Internet usage
The program fee does not include:
Use the following list to assist with budgeting for expenses outside the program fee. This list contains common examples but should not be considered exhaustive.
- Airport transportation to/from program site
- Local transportation
- On-site accident and health insurance policy
- Out-of-pocket medical expenses
- Mobile phone
- Independent travel and entertainment
- Items of a personal nature
Personal expenses can fluctuate greatly depending upon habits and preferences of the individual. It’s also wise to budget for unexpected expenses such as medical emergencies. You can use a cost-of-living comparison tool to get an idea of what daily life costs in the program host location.
Step 1: Upon acceptance to the program, you must submit the Summer Participation Agreement found in your MyGlobalEd application to confirm your enrollment. A parent/guardian’s co-signature is required. This form takes the place of a deposit.
NOTE: If you withdraw after March 15, you will be charged a cancellation fee for voluntary withdrawal. Fees range from $1,500-2,000.
Step 2: Summer invoices will be sent via email to your Duke email address and home email address. Remit payment to the Bursar per due date and address indicated on your online statement. Consult the Duke Bursar's office billing schedule for payment due dates.
Duke students receiving institutional need-based grant aid are eligible for aid for this program; work-study funds are converted to grants. Students are individually responsible for making the necessary arrangements with the Karsh Office of Undergraduate Financial Support and the Duke Bursar’s Office.
Non-Duke students are not eligible to receive financial aid at Duke and should contact their home institutions for financial aid information.
This program offers the following scholarship opportunities:
Attendance is required at all classes, excursions, and group events. Given the intense nature of this program, late arrival and/or early departure is not permitted.
Arrival: TBD for 2020
Departure: TBD for 2020
You will make your own travel arrangements to and from the program site. You are expected to arrive on the arrival date cited above.
You will need to make your own housing arrangements if you will be arriving before the program start date or leaving later than the program end date.
PROGRAM FACULTY & STAFF
Program faculty director(s) can assist with questions related to program academics, admissions, on-site needs, etc. For all other inquiries, please contact the GEO representative listed.
Deadline: February 1
This program has rolling admission. Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis until the program fills; after that, qualified students are added to a waitlist and notified of openings. Applications must be received by the deadline to be considered. Application opens November 1.
Priority: Priority is given to applicants who apply early.
Minimum GPA: There is no minimum GPA.
International Students: If you are an international student studying at Duke on a visa (such as F-1), you will need to obtain the required CPT or OPT authorization if you decide to do an internship as opposed to a performance or writing class. Please contact Duke Visa Services immediately for assistance.
Non-Duke students: Non-Duke students are welcome to apply for this program. You must be a degree-seeking student in good standing at an accredited college or university. Consult your university’s registrar and/or study away advisor for assistance with transfer credit. Students who are not matriculated at a college or university are not eligible to participate in Duke’s study away programs.
GEO policy for graduating seniors who wish to apply for a Duke summer study abroad/away program:
Students must be active, matriculated students in order to participate in any Duke-in summer programs, including Duke’s domestic summer programs. All program courses must be taken for graded credit. If seniors plan to graduate in May of the year they plan to study abroad in the summer, they will not be eligible to participate on any of our summer programs unless they receive approval from their academic dean at Duke to delay their graduation until after the summer program has ended.
Non-Duke students planning to graduate in May in the year they plan to study abroad in the summer must provide approval to delay their graduation until after the summer program has ended from the appropriate official at their home institution. Such approval must be furnished in writing to GEO before the student will be allowed to participate in the summer program. This approval may be sent via email to the appropriate program assistant at GEO.
Duke students who defer their graduation to participate in study abroad should consult with their financial aid advisor in the Duke Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid to determine whether they are eligible for a summer aid package and/or a GEO summer scholarship.
Before applying to this program, please take into consideration the light physical demands required by some of this program’s activities. Activities include walking moderate distances on sometimes hilly, uneven, and/or cobbled terrain, climbing up stairs, using public transportation, and standing during tours and site visits. If you have questions or are concerned about any of these activities, please contact the faculty program director.
Start your application early to ensure that it is complete by the deadline! Incomplete applications will not be forwarded to the program directors for consideration.
Submit the following items using MyGlobalEd:
- Online application
- Official transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended. First-year students should wait for fall semester grades to be posted before submitting their transcript.
- Personal statement, no longer than one page, explaining why you would like to participate on this program
- Academic letter of recommendation (one)