Monday, March 29, 2010

Chicago Fundraising Summit taking place on April 27-28

Dear Nonprofit Leader,

We have now opened registration for our flagship event of

the year - the Chicago Fundraising Summit taking place on

April 27-28, 2010. Last year's event was attended by over

300 nonprofit leaders, and this year we have an outstanding

roster of speakers as well as new sessions. To see who is

already confirmed to speak at the Summit, go to:

To learn more about the Summit, go to:

Registration fees go up on March 29, 2010

Please see below for information on:

A. Upcoming events

B. Volunteer opportunities at the Chicago Fundraising Summit

[only a few left]

C. Ordering handouts for any sessions that you cannot attend

Sincerely, Virginia Tovar

Event Coordinator

Center for Nonprofit Success


A. Upcoming Events:

1. There is still time to register for our next

Chicago Leadership Series seminar on Managing Your

Organization's Finances

Date: April 1, 2010

Location: East Bank Club

River View Room

500 North Kingsbury Street

Chicago, IL 60610

Cost: 110

2. 2010 Chicago Fundraising Summit

Date: April 27-28, 2010

Location: Illinois Institute of Technology

3300 South Federal Street

Chicago,IL 60616

Cost: There are two Early Bird options:

1. Full two day Pass - $475. This includes

two free 30 minute mentoring sessions valued at

$50 each.

2. A la Carte registration - $55 per seminar and

$50 for each mentoring session.

Registration fees go up on March 29, 2010

More info:

B. Volunteer Opportunities at the Chicago Fundraising Summit

We are still looking for three more volunteers to volunteer

on the second day of the Summit. Volunteers can sit in on

sessions on one day in exchange for volunteering on the

other day. Interested volunteers should complete the

volunteer registration form at:

C. Ordering Handouts for any sessions that you cannot attend

It is now possible to order handouts for any session that you

cannot attend (past or future). To order a handout:

1. Visit our calendar page at

2. Click on "View Past Events" to get to the Past Events

Calendar and select an event by city

3. To order handouts for an upcoming event, select

an event by city in the Upcoming Events calendar.

4. Select the session you are interested in, and in the

Register Now box for that session, click on the link "Order

handouts without attending."

5. Please note that if the speakers have not yet uploaded

all the handouts for an upcoming session, you will need

to return to your handout order on or after the sesion date

to upload the remaining handouts.

6. Handouts cost only $10 per session no matter how

many handouts are posted for that session.


The Center for Nonprofit Success is a nonprofit organization

whose mission to provide the training, knowledge and resources to

help nonprofit leaders succeed. If you do not wish to receive

any future notifications about our offerings, you can unsubscribe at:

knit-a-thon -Sifu Design Studio & Fine Yarns is a creative hub where people meet and share Ideas!

I am in the process of opening a shop in Chicago, I want to create a hub of creative people, artists, crafters, fiber artists, and host a fund raiser for this space. I want to create a network of these artists to come and share ideas/collaborate on projects. Sifu Design Studio & Fine Yarns is a creative hub where people meet and share Ideas!

I want to have a kind of knit-a-thon where people pledge per inch of fabric knit or per hour knitting. The entire thing would be video taped, over time-lapse video. People would come with their scrap yarn see how long we can all knit for. There would also be a silent auction of pieces while the knit-a-thon is going on. This could be the type of event were we could have a life feed on my web site, and just like PBS, have people call in and donate to the cause. The cause of uniting fiber artists, getting knitting known as a not just a feminine craft but as a community building activity. Where people can stitch and bitch, and be strong, and where men can create things, and not be afraid that they are stereotypically "girly" for doing so. That knitting and the needle arts is an art form!!

This is my project I did a while back, but I would really like to see it revived!

I would like to do a performance piece where knitters or crocheters gather together in the WCA conference in February, where during the speeches/lectures people are knitting 3"x3" color squares that will be put together by myself as a giant afghan or quilt. But this image will be of a giant penis, or a giant vagina. Something having to do with gender identification. Knitting or hand needle work is considered a traditionally female craft and a homemakers job where you knit your kids a sweater, knit your hubby a scarf, knit yourself a teapot cozy. These things are well and good but i want to challenge the idea of a feminine craft with a juxtaposed image as strangely jarring as a penis. And since this is going to be put together over time it could be that people don't realize what it is until most of the image is done. I am hoping to video tape hundreds of knitters in New York knitting in public places (like the subway, busses, coffee shops, parks) and in the conference to knit these squares that would be put together and then displayed at the Ceres Gallery in the summer of 2011. The piece could be put together at the conference in February if we have enough knitters, or at the gallery in the summer. However the piecing together would be time-lapsed so you can see this process unfold in a few minuets.

Performance in the winter conference for the show at "Ceres" gallery in The summer of 2011.

Let me know what you think.

Lisa Whiting

Artist/ Designer/ Teacher/ Owner

Sifu Design Studio & Fine Yarns

5044 N. Clark St.

Chicago, IL 60640


Proposals for panel, poster and open forum sessions for the CAA Conference 2011 in New York City

The Feminist Art Project and the Institute for Women and Art would like to invite College Art Association members to submit proposals for panel, poster and open forum sessions for the CAA Conference 2011 in New York City. We encourage you to propose sessions that address the theme of: Feminism, Diversity and Globalism. That theme is one of several selected by CAA for their Centennial celebration . It was originally proposed by a coalition of groups including ArtTable, The Feminist Art Project, and Women's Caucus for Art , along with several CAA committees. The Feminist Art Project will be presenting TFAP@CAA, an extraordinary day of feminist art panels and performances on Saturday, February 12 organized by Johanna Burton and Julia Bryan-Wilson.
Thank you,
Ferris Olin and Judith Brodsky
Directors, Institute for Women and Art
Connie Tell
Project Manager, The Feminist Art Project
Beginning June 26, individual CAA members may submit a session proposal for the centennial Annual Conference, taking place February 12, 2011, in New York. Proposals should cover the breadth of current thought and research in art, art and architectural history, theory and criticism, pedagogical issues, museum and curatorial practice, conservation, and developments in technology.

The Annual Conference Committee welcomes session proposals that include the work of established artists and scholars, along with that of younger scholars, emerging and mid-career artists, and graduate students. Particularly welcome are those sessions that highlight interdisciplinary work. Artists are especially encouraged to propose sessions appropriate to dialogue and information exchange relevant to artists.

Session proposals are only taken online; paper forms and postal mailings are not accepted. To set up an account, please email Lauren Stark, CAA manager of programs, who will register your email address and provide you with a password.
Or visit the CAA main website and click on "Conference" then "Proposals":

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Caroll Michels - 6th edition of HOW TO SURVIVE AND PROSPER AS AN ARTIST: Selling Yourself Without Selling Your Soul



"Somewhere between the mid-1990s and mid-2000s, art dealers in New York reinvented themselves and changed the title of their occupation to 'gallerist'," writes Caroll Michels in the 6th edition of HOW TO SURVIVE AND PROSPER AS AN ARTIST: Selling Yourself Without Selling Your Soul, published in 2009 by Henry Holt and Company. "The new title arrived with a set of rules regarding who can use the title and who cannot . . . Although the new title is pretentious and a less-than-subtle embellishment of the occupation of 'sales person,' it can also be interpreted that the 'ist' at the end of 'galler-ist' symbolically represents yet another encroachment into an 'art-ists's' territory. It can be compared to the 50 percent sales commissions art dealers receive, an implication that they are major contributors to the creation of artwork!"

Drawing on more than three decades of experience as a career coach and artist-advocate, Michels shares insights for navigating the complicated, often political, art world. In the chapter "Launching or Relaunching Your Career: Overcoming Career Blocks," she pinpoints specific danger zones for artists - including an unwillingness to confront money issues, an awe of New York and self-imposed "regionalism," the quest for external validation, and adolescent career goals.

Other chapters present advice and guidance on presentation tools, pricing work, art marketing and the Internet; public relations; exhibition and sales opportunities; dealing with art dealers; the mysterious world of grants; and handling rationalization, paranoia, competition, rejection, and the "overwhelm factor."

Caroll Michels is on the faculty of the Continuing Studies and Special Programs division of the Ringling College of Art and Design, in Sarasota, Florida. She will be a keynote speaker at "Sweet Rewards. 2010 Next Step Career Conference" on March 19 and 20, sponsored by the College.

She served as chairperson of the Fine Arts Advisory Board of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She was also on the faculty of the New School for Social Research. Her artwork has been exhibited in museums and cultural centers in the United States and abroad, including the Georges Pompidou Museum in Paris; the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis; and Exit Art and the Institute for Contemporary Art/The Clocktower in New York City. Michels has received numerous grants, including those awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council for the Arts; the New York Council for the Humanities; and the International Fund for the Promotion of Culture/UNESCO. She was a fellow at the Alden B. Dow Creativity Center, Northwood University, in Midland, Michigan. She is the founder of the Artist Help Network (, a launching pad to help fine artists mine resources on career development and career challenges.


Selling Yourself Without Selling Your Soul

By Caroll Michels

Published by Henry Holt and Company

6th Edition, 2009/ISBN: 978-0-8050-8848-9/ $20


Press Contacts:

Julia Howe, Henry Holt & Company. 646-307-5237.

Caroll Michels. 941-922-5277

2010 Creative Chicago Expo Workshops - April 10 - FREE

Saturday, April 10

10 AM - 4 PM

Chicago Cultural Center

78 E. Washington, Chicago IL

Admission free.
There's a lot to do -- bring a friend!

Artists and art organizations in all disciplines -- music, dance, theater, media, fashion, literary -- are invited to Chicago's 7th annual gathering of resources, services and expertise specifically for people in the arts, the Creative Chicago Expo. The Expo brings the best of Chicago's cultural community together under one roof.

Discover over 120 vendors and services, 25 workshops and panel discussions on topics specifically for individuals, arts organizations and small art businesses. Back by popular demand -- Consult-a-thon.

Five free workshops every hour cover all aspects of a creative career. Miss a workshop? All workshops will be audio recorded on CAR. Complete workshop schedule below, click here for a complete list of workshop descriptions.

Authentic Arts Marketing
Adam Thurman, Mission Paradox

Fiscal Sponsorship
Rory Golden, New York Foundation for the Arts

Forming a Non-Profit
William Rattner, Lawyers for the Creative Arts

How to Write a Business Plan
Office of the City Treasurer and Duman Microenterprise Center

Tools for Tough Times
Shilpi Shah, Nonprofit Finance Fund

Cultivating Shamelessness
Philip Huang, SF-based Artist + Provocateur

Forming a Business
Daliah Saper, Saper Law

Licensing Basics
Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection

Public Art Crash Course
Lynn Basa and Joel Straus

Sell Yourself Without Bragging
Rob Sullivan,, Career Elevator

Art in Vacant Storefronts
Amy Meadows, Windows Matter
Michael Perry, Art Pop Up Loop/Chicago Loop Alliance
Alpha Bruton, Phantom Galleries
Eleanor Mayer, Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce

Contemporary Approaches to Promoting Art
The Chicago Urban Art Society

Funding from the Crowd
Charles Adler,

Time Management for Artists
Bruce Winston, Communication Society LLC and International Academy of Design & Technology

Your Financial Survival Kit
Emily Watta and Diane Debicella, Fractured Atlas

Affordable Home Buying Opportunities
Irma Morales, Chicago Department of Community Development

Foreclosure Prevention
Richard F. Kohn, Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago

Grant Application Tips from the Inside
Paul Botts, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation

Imagination Training
Bite-Size Arts Ensemble, The Institute For Arts Entrepreneurship

Social Media, The News and You
Diana Pando, Community Media Workshop

The New Normal: Delight Your Donors
Robert Alpaugh, Campbell and Company

DIY Web Basics
Jenny Kendler, Other People's Pixels
Sara Schnadt, Chicago Artists Resource

Protect Your Future: Health Care and Emergency Preparedness
Laura Arnesen Craft Emergency Relief Fund
Renata Marinaro, The Actors Fund
Dr. David Hinkamp, UIC Health and the Arts Program

Self-Promotion for Performers
Peter McDowell, Peter McDowell Consulting

Your Credit Score: Rebuilding Your Financial Health
Marve Stockert, Mortgage Education Foundation

Want a fresh set of eyes on your grant proposal, or suggestions on your marketing strategy?

Make an appointment online for a one-on-one consulting session with an expert for only $15.

Find an expert on something you need -- career coaching, legal or accounting issues, portfolio or grant review, artist statements + resumes, casting agents, even organizational development and business issues for non-profits. PIck from over 40 consultants who will be at the Expo, and schedule your appointment online. Each mini-consulting session runs 45 minutes. Act soon -- spaces are limited!

CONSULT-A-THON Guidelines and Appointments on CAR

Meet with local and national service and space providers, connect with top Chicago art and community organizations, pick up your copy of the 2010 Creative Chicago Directory.

ACCION Chicago |
Adler & Franczyk |
After School Matters |
Aloft Circus Arts |
Archeworks |
AREA Chicago |
Arte y Vida Chicago |
ArtForms22/Murphy Hill Gallery |
Artisans 21 Gallery |
Arts Alliance Illinois |
Arts & Business Council |
Author! Author! |

Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation |
Brinshore Development |
Big Buzz Idea Group |

Camins Tomasz Kritt |
Chicago Access Network Corporation (CAN TV) |
Chicago Art Magazine |
Chicago Art Criticism |
Chicago Art Collector |
Chicago Artists Coalition |
Chicago Arts District/Podmajersky |,
Chicago Business Solutions LLC |
Chicago Cabaret Professionals |
Chicago City Treasurer |
Chicago Community Loan Fund |
Chicago Creative Coalition |
Chicago Cultural Alliance |
Chicago Dancemakers Forum |
Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection |
Chicago Department of Community Development |
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs |
Chicago Film Office |
Chicago Filmmakers |
Chicago Multicultural Dance Center |
Chicago Park District |
Chicago Public Library Visual & Performing Arts |
Chicago Reader |
Chicago Rents Right |
Chicago Urban Art Society |
Chicago Women in Publishing |
Chiro One Wellness Centers |
Community Male Empowerment Project |
Community Media Workshop |
Consolidated Printing |
Craft Emergency Relief Fund |

direction tour marketing / direction Printworks |

e-poets network |
Executive Service Corps of Chicago |

Fractured Atlas |

Glenwood Arts District |
Gorilla Tango Theatre |
Gothic Art Chicago |
GYST (Getting Your Sh*t Together) |
Hairpin Lofts and Logan Square Community Arts Center |
Harmony, Hope & Healing |

I AM Logan Square |
I-GO Car Sharing |
Illinois Institute of Art |
Illinois Dept. of Healthcare and Family Services |
Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago (ICNC) |

Jefferson/Gladstone Park Chambers & Six Corners Assoc. |
John Sisson Photography |
Johnsonese Brokerage LLC |

Kartemquin Films |
Keystone Realtors |

Lawyers for the Creative Arts |
League of Chicago Theatres |
Lillstreet Art Center |
Living Room Gallery |
Local Origination -- Cable 25 |

Marshall Creative LLC |
McNaughton & Gunn, Inc. |
Midwest Writers Association |
Mission Paradox |

Newcity |
Niche Realty ArtHouse Chicago |
Nubian Cultural Center NFP, Inc. |
Nuns4Fun Entertainment |

Oakwood Shores |
OtherPeoplesPixels |

Paczolt Insurance & Financial Group |
Parents of Color Magazine |
Peter McDowell Art Consulting |
Pop-Up Art Loop/Chicago Loop Alliance |
Podmajersky / Chicago Arts District |
Preservation Chicago |

Ragdale Foundation |
Riverfront Work Lofts |

Sitar Group |
Sound Culture Center for Global Arts |
Southeast Chicago Chamber of Commerce |
Spudnik Press |
Superior Rehearsals |

Taproot Foundation |
The Actors Fund |
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago - Continuing Studies |
The Chicago Mosaic School |
The DeForest Group |
The Great Books Foundation |
The Institute for Arts Entrepreneurship |
The Recording Academy |
The Resurrection Project |
Third Coast International Audio Festival |
TourSmart |

University of Chicago - Graham School of Writing and Editing Programs |
Urban Gateways |

Venifica Grandeur |
visuals4u |

Wegner Properties |
Wooded Isle Computer Consultants |
Women In Film Chicago |
Women-Eye Inc. |

Yes for Arts |