Passion to Profession

  • The Commons
    Second Floor, East Side
    220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

21Minus 2018, curated by the Teen Creative Agency June 16, 2018. Photo: Grace DuVal, © MCA Chicago.


I love making art but how do I make a living?

Hang out and share strategies for making a career in the arts. Passion to Profession is a workshop series created by artists Anisa Olufemi and Jada-Amina Harvey that aims to create a welcoming, informative, and productive space for youth and professional artists to imagine pathways to a sustainable career in the arts.

Youth-led events highlight Chicago artists under 21 years old and are organized by Grace Needlman, Manager of Youth and Family Programs, and Ellen Chu, Coordinator of Family, Youth, School, and Teacher Programs.


About the Curators

Jada-Amina is an interdisciplinary visual artist, art worker, teaching artist, and curator interested in creating alternative and experimental spaces for youth and other crucial community stakeholders to explore and enrich their creative understandings, possibilities, and aspirations.

Anisa Olufemi is an independent curator and interdisciplinary artist pursuing her BFA with a focus in art histories of the African Diaspora. She hopes to contribute to the ongoing conversation around arts education accessibility and POC art space inclusion through Passion to Profession, a series of workshops.