Artists Arise

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Comment by Deby Dearman on September 24, 2013 at 11:05am

Please come over and read my recent blog post:


Comment by Court McCracken on September 21, 2013 at 12:54pm

Thanks, Deby! 

I wish I could be at the Artist's Arise event! It looks completely amazing!

I will be working here in Asheville at an Arts Council fundraiser, so that should be fun, but I wish I could come hang with you all too!

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Comment by Deby Dearman on September 20, 2013 at 10:56am

You guys are making me want to go to Chicago!! Enjoy, Jocelyn!

Court, congratulations on the book!

I'm very excited about our upcoming Artists Arise Event! Everyone will have the chance to share 5 minutes of their dream and then our MasterMind team will give feedback and suggestions. It's going to be stimulating and very informative. So get ready to share you dream . . . bring samples . . . share with passion!

Click here for more info about the event.

Comment by Jim Harris on September 19, 2013 at 10:11pm


I'm on the sight at least once a week. Many of the lessons are 4-5 hours, but they're broken down into 15-30 minute segments so you don't have to watch it all at one time.  It also makes it easier to work along with the instructor.


I'd second a lot of Nathan's ideas for Chicago. One correction, the Bean is in Millenium Park not at Navy Pier. There are times the Symphony also plays at the band shell in Millenium Park (which is close to the Museum of Art). The parking is somewhat expensive ($20+ per day at most parking garages). If you plan to do shopping the Magnificent Mile is the place to go.  If you have boys they'll definitely like the Nike store and of course girls love the American Girls store. Depending on the age of your children the architectural tours are very interesting.

Comment by Court McCracken on September 19, 2013 at 12:14pm

Artists, I am so excited...It is only 4 weeks until my book comes out : ) 

Art Nurture: The Simple Guide to Cultivating Your Creativity is coming out on October 14th!

I am doing weekly video updates to share from the book and thought you might appreciate this week's post, about shedding the outer layer to reveal our creative potential : ) enjoy!

Comment by Court McCracken on September 19, 2013 at 12:11pm


I have been wanting to go to Chicago soon : ) One of my dear friends just moved up there so I will have to make an excuse to go and see all of the fun stuff too! Thanks for posting the coursera link, love that site and the class looks amazing!

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Comment by nathan miller on September 19, 2013 at 6:51am

There is so much to see in Chicago! You really need to identify what the kids like to see/want to see first. But here's a short list of what I've done in Chi Town:

1.) Lincoln Park Zoo (free)

2.) walk the bay near navy Pier - definitely check out the sculptures (the "bean" is my favorite)

3.) There's always the Shedd Aquarium, and Field Museum are side by side and a lot of fun.

4.) As an artist one should never miss the Art Institute Museum!!

5.) If you're like me "food tourism" is about as important as breathing. I'd say you MUST try a Chicago style hot dog - here's my favorite: http://www.flubadubchub.com/
It's a hole in the wall.. well, actually it's in a basement. But the people are friendly, prices are low, the food is great, and the relish is extra glow in the dark green. 
There's also Chicago deep dish pizza... absolutely must have! The safest bet is probably Giordano's. It's a bit commercialized and kind of a tourist trap at this point... but it's good... really, really good. Here's their site: http://giordanos.com/

All of these recommendations are based on being down town. Get out of the center of town and I'm not much help.. It's a big city and there is soooo much to see! :) 

One quick word from experience. And let me preface this by saying I'm a pretty conservative person and live in the sticks of Indiana. When traveling around town understand Boystown may not be an area you'll want to take the kids. It's the official gay village district. My wife wanted to visit a few thrift shops (for reasons I will never understand...) and there was supposed to be a great one North of downtown. It turned out to be in Boystown. The shop was great and the proceeds went to aids research. But it was quite the awkward shopping trip for me! I've never been so openly affectionate to my wife, ever. Sort of over the top, openly and obviously in love with her! LOL  :)

Comment by Jocelyn Richard on September 19, 2013 at 5:34am

Check this free course on choregraphy in open spaces. I think it would be great for any art. https://www.coursera.org/course/sitedance I grew up in NYC so we saw this type of creativity all the time. I want to do somthing like this in my city.

I will be taking the course.

Comment by Jocelyn Richard on September 19, 2013 at 5:32am

We are going to Chicago for a conference that I am speaking at. I am looking forward to the long drive to think and read. Also the change of space.

The kids want to tour the great city. Any suggestions on must sees in Chicagoland?

Thank you for your time.

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Comment by Deby Dearman on September 16, 2013 at 10:03pm

Jocelyn, so glad you've jumped in to the conversation. I think we all struggle with the time issue, but the best solution I've found is to get up 1 hr earlier.  It's not easy, but worth it!

Thanks to Patti, I attended the Start conference this past weekend. It was really inspiring. They promote getting up at 5:00 to facilitate working on your dream.

Jim, thanks for sharing this site. I'm gonna check it out. Have you done any classes there yet?

Christina, I'll try to get back with you this week. Been swamped. I spent the entire day today in a MasterMind meeting - getting ready for the Artists Arise event. Intense meeting, but think it will result in a great event!! Excited!!


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