Taking Our Art Seriously

  • Written by Jess Kaswiner, External Programs Manager  for The IAE
  • The notion that artists take their art seriously is not a new phenomenon, but it seems now more than ever the topic of ‘artist as professional’ is a hot button topic on everyone’s mind.  With conversations happening at To Art and Profit, books like 20UNDER40, and podcasts like Artists Mean Business, the discussion is rampant, and shows no signs of letting up.

In fact, new to Chicago this February, is RAW Artists, a national organization who’s aim is to provide emerging artists of all creative realms with the tools, resources, and exposure needed to inspire and cultivate creativity.

Working with local hand-picked talent, this multifaceted monthly event features artists across disciplines and experience levels.  However, this is not your typical ‘arts’ event, Each RAW ARTcade features a film screening, musical performance, fashion show, art gallery, performance art and a featured hairstylist and makeup artist. Unlike many events I’ve attended, where the featured artist is left to their own devices, and the art itself is merely an afterthought, RAW places a focus on the importance of creative career building.

Here the artist and their work are celebrated, and given an opportunity to grow. “Organizations like RAW: natural born artists and The Institute for Arts Entrepreneurship have the same goals and ambitions for the art’s industry. In this economy, it helps to work with organizations that have your back. It’s great to work for one goal, rather than compete, to get to the top.” Says April Bocchieri, Event Director for the Chicago RAW affiliate.

As we gear up to partner with RAW for their next event March 31st , being held at Vertigo Sky Lounge (8pm @ 660 N. State St.) we hope you all will consider submitting your work for the next ARTcade, and we look forward to seeing you there!


About Jess Kaswiner
As The External Programs Manager, Jessica is in charge of all of The IAE’s public programs series. Outside of her role as Programs Manager for The IAE, Jessica assists with curriculum development for Chicago Danztheater Ensemble.  Currently Jessica serves on the Urban Gateways Junior Board, New Arts Forum, and is also on the Planning Committee for Chicago’s Emerging Leaders Network.

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