Photo Gallery: Strategic Planning & Funding Your Work in Chicago

On March 28th, 34 Chicago artists got direct access to Creative Capital Professional Development Program workshop leaders Colleen Keegan, Beverly McIver and Andrew Simonet during a one-day workshop, generously underwritten by Tequila Herradura and hosted by 3Arts. The workshop focused on two primary areas—Strategic Planning and Funding Your Work—as well as addressing a number of micro-topics within each area, including: creating a business plan, valuing your time, revenue streams, time management, grants & fundraising, and communications.


Choreographer and workshop leader Andrew Simonet leads the group in a session on Funding Your Work.

“[The workshop] was some of the most beneficial hours I’ve spent on my art practice in a long time! I feel like this is the beginning of something expansive.”
—Ahavani Mullen, Workshop Participant,
3Arts Strategic Planning & Funding Your Work, 2015


3Arts’ Director of Programs Sara Slawnik told us: “As a staff observer, I saw first-hand how artists came away feeling an immediate sense of empowerment, clarity, and confidence. The facilitators were so well-informed and skillful at guiding participants through the material, as well as encouraging a supportive learning environment. This is an excellent example of a program that helps artists really take the next steps in their careers.”
Scroll down for more workshop photos, and see our calendar for more Professional Development Program opportunities!

Beverly McIver (standing) and Colleen Keegan kick off the Strategic Planning portion of the workshop.
Andrew Simonet leads a breakout session with a group of artists.
3Arts Participants
Artist participants Joyce Owens, Kofi Ofosu-Yeboah, and Marjorie Woodruff during a breakout session.

“Through simply skimming the take away materials, I can see that the workshop
was the kick-off to a longer, more satisfying game.”

–Doug Frohman, Herradura Artist and Workshop Participant,
Strategic Planning & Funding Your Work, 2015

Interested in Creative Capital’s Professional Development Program opportunities? Check out our calendar for upcoming offerings.


herradura 2014 logoCreative Capital is honored to be the charitable beneficiary of the second annual Herradura Barrel Art Competition. With support from Tequila Herradura, we are presenting PDP workshops to artists in seven cities free-of-charge in 2015.

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