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Sign up for an Etsy and Social Media workshop with Karla Wheeler and Elaine Luther!

Date: Sunday, March 18th

Time: 3:00 pm

Place: Spudnik Press

1821 W. Hubbard St., Chicago

$5.00 for CMAG, Spudnik Members
$10.00 for non-members

Click here for more information and to reserve a seat.

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The Copyright Safety Belt: Maximizing Revenue Streams
Presented by: I Am Logan Square and The Logan Square Chamber of Commerce

Speaker: Marci A. Rolnik, Legal Director, Lawyers for the Creative Arts

Date: Thursday, March 14th

Time: 6-8 p.m.

Place: Hairpin Arts Center, 2800 N. Milwaukee Ave., 2nd Floor

Admission: $10



Surviving and thriving as a freelance artist means knowing what steps to take to protect your work. Marci Rolnik will present a comprehensive overview of copyright law, licensing and assignments

and discuss various issues with “appropriation artwork” and derivative use. She will also focus on best practices to safeguard copyrighted artwork marketed at art shows and online via social media

and other third party websites.

For more information visit:

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Make your opinion known!

The City of Chicago is launching a new initiative to develop the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan. The plan will create an outline for Chicago’s future cultural and economic growth as the centerpiece for the City’s goal to become a global destination for creativity, innovation, and excellence in the arts. The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is seeking input from Chicago’s citizens, cultural organizations, and city and community groups regarding the direction of our arts, cultural and creative industries as it affects them and their quality of life.

Public engagement will play a key role; Chicagoans from all walks will be actively involved in shaping the plan and can submit their ideas through social media, town hall meetings and public forums. Town Hall meetings will be held in four locations beginning February 15 and continuing on February 16, 18, and 21. The following dates include the location and time of each town hall:

Wednesday, February 15:  Columbia College from 6–8 p.m.
Thursday, February 16:  Nicholas Senn High School from 6–8 p.m.
Saturday, February 18:  DuSable Museum from 10–12 p.m.
Tuesday, February 21:  National Museum of Mexican Art, 6–8 p.m.

To further the conversation and to allow an even greater role, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events has launched an interactive website, where Chicagoans can submit ideas and participate in the discussion. Additionally, neighborhood meetings will be held throughout the city this spring; details including time and place will be announced at a later date. The final plan will be unveiled in the fall.

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The Chicago Craft Mafia is looking for new members to join the familia. New members will assist with the planning of the DIY Trunk Show, quarterly craft rackets and other networking events.

The Chicago Craft Mafia is a collaborative and non-competitive organization of independent crafting business owners. We work together to both foster our own individual entrepreneurship and support the greater crafting community. Members of the familia pride ourselves on the design, integrity and workmanship of our products and the ethics of our business practices.

For more info click on Join the Mafia. Applications are due by Friday, September 2, 2011.

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Lillstreet’s Fall 2011 Catalog Cover Contest

Create a new cover for Lillstreet Art Center’s Fall 2011 Catalog! The winning design will be featured on the cover of Lillstreet’s 2011 Fall Catalog, and distributed to a 10,000 person mailing list plus hundreds of places around the city. Additionally, the winner will receive a free 10-Week Class at Lillstreet Art Center or $250 Cash Price.

-8″ x 10″ Design must be able to accommodate our Lillstreet logo and some basic text

-Submit high-resolution jpeg(s) by July 1 to w/ subject line “Cover Contest Submission”

-Please include full name, email, and phone number in the submission.

-Limit 3 entries per person.

If you have any questions, please contact Julia Zema at

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The Chicago Outfit Roller Derby League has a call for all you crafters to sell your goods at their upcoming matches.  Yes, that’s right sell your craft, watch a match and raise funds for the Howard Brown Health Center.   How cool is that!

Here are the details:

The Chicago Outfit is hoping to showcase some of the wonderful people and talents of Chicago on Saturday 07/09 (and also our other home bouts throughout the season: 08/13, 09/10, and 10/01).

We have two options:

1) $50: 6×4′ space with a table and two chairs (you + 1 helper); space+table+2chairs deadline: 06/26.**

2) $40: 6×4′ space without a table (you bring your own setup) includes two chairs (you + 1 helper); space+2chairs deadline: 07/04. **

Your space will have two chairs; you are responsible for supplying and setting up your own table and displays and are only permitted to sell the items that we have discussed.  Booth sharing is currently not permitted.  Food (with the exception of hot dogs and nachos) can be sold with the proper license.

If you cannot attend, let us know as soon as possible. Please note that no refunds for cancellations will be given after Wednesday 06/29. It is the vendor’s responsibility to have a valid IBT#, collect and pay their own sales tax and have their own cash-change.  Electricity is not included in space.

If you are as excited as we are and ready to go (and can bring your own set-up), PayPal $40 to:

In the subject of the PayPal payment, please enter “07/09 Vendor”. In the body of the Payment, please provide…

1) Business Name:

2) Contact Name:

3) Helper Name:

4) Contact Phone for day of bout:

5) Tax ID/IBT No.:

Vendor load-in for the Saturday July 9th doubleheader bout is at 5pm.

Season ticket holders may arrive as early as 5:30p.  Doors to the public open at 6 and bout begins at 7.

Location: Windy City Fieldhouse

2367 West Logan Blvd.

Chicago, IL.  60647

^ Free parking ^

If you’d like to co-promote: presale tickets are available for $15 via a local skater, select Chicago vendors, and our website (; or $20 at the door, cash only on bout-day.

I will check you in at the door on Bout Day and show you to your spot (I’ll have my name on the back of me) or shoot me a text/call: 630/965-8977 or

Please let me know if you have *any* questions!

Partial proceeds from all 2011 home bouts will benefit the Howard Brown Health Center, one of the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender organizations in the nation. Howard Brown focuses on eliminating the disparities in healthcare that exist in the LGBT community, by providing primary medical care and HIV/STD prevention, among other services.

Following the bout, The Chicago Outfit will host an afterparty at Cobra Lounge, with free bus transportation from Windy City Fieldhouse and drink specials.  Cobra Lounge is located at 235 North Ashland Avenue.

The Chicago Outfit Roller Derby, founded in the fall of 2007, is a democratic, not-for-profit, all-female, flat track roller derby organization, run by the skaters, for the skaters, based in the city of Chicago. The Chicago Outfit Roller Derby’s goal is to create a positive female community dedicated to contributing charitably to other nonprofit organizations.

The Chicago Outfit Roller Derby is a proud member of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), and strives to develop and maintain the high level of skill and expectations required by the WFTDA, representing roller derby nationwide with class, sass, and dignity.

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Lillstreet’s On-Going Roof Top Flag InstallationRooftop Flags

Call for Entry!

Installations rotate monthly from May – December. Open to all artists who wish to create fiber or textile work. Also open to alternative media. Four 9ft flag poles are available for hanging work. Work can easily be seen from CTA and Metra tracks.
All Applications must be received by July 31st!

Please submit the following information:

  • Sketches of each flag
  • Materials you plan on using (images of materials optional)
  • Size of each flag
  • Title for the flag series
  • Preferred month to display
  • Artist statement
  • Resume or CV
  • Examples of most recent work  (jpegs or website preferred)

We will be awarding two prizes for the best flag installations:
$500 1ST PLACE, $150 runner-up

For more information and to view former artists see the blog.
Send all proposals to Lillstreet Art Center, 4401 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago IL 60640, c/o Camille Canales.

Electronic proposals should be sent to

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Get to know your creative peers — sponsored by C3 (Chicago Creative Coalition) — at their monthly networking dinners where there are no agendas, no sales pitches, no boring speeches  and — ta da — no dues!  They call them Creatives and Networking Dining Occasions, or for short, CanDo Dinners.  Compare notes on who’s working, who isn’t, who has ideas and who knows whom. In these challenging times, you can’t be too connected.

Easy ground rules: attendees should be in creative fields, and do not have to be C3 members.  Everyone buys their own food and drink (minimum of $15) to keep the restaurants happy. RSVPs are necessary. Bring plenty of business cards.
THURSDAY, June 9th 6 PM
New China Buffet
3246 W. Addison St., Chicago
Plenty of Parking
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If Project Runway wasn’t enough awesome as it is, there is now a spin-off!  And its casting!  Project Accessory is casting in Chicago June 23rd, go to the Goodbye Pictures site for more info and to apply.

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The Chicago Craft Mafia is pleased as a pickle to announce we are now accepting applications for the 9th annual DIY Trunk Show.  This year’s event is moving to the Broadway Armory which means more crafters than ever before, with so much craftiness all in one room!  We are also rolling out advertising on the CTA as well as teaming up with local businesses to offer fun and free activities for shoppers during the show.  We are certain this will be the biggest show the Chicago Craft Mafia has ever held and we want you to be a part of it!  Go to the DIY Trunk Show website to apply! Applications will be available until June 30th. 

Dates: November 19th, 2011,  10 am to 5 pm

New Location! Broadway Armory Park 5917 North Broadway Street Chicago, IL 60660