SEA is a program geared towards helping emerging visual, performing, literary, and media artists gain the resources and connections they need to be a successful creative.
Housed at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, and funded through grants and private donations; SEA offers a variety of programming including conferences, workshops, panel discussions, webinars, competitions, mentoring, virtual coffee hours, and so much more. (For 2020-21, all programming has been adapted to virtual formats including the launch of our 1-1 Mentoring Platform and Membership Content Site / ArtCareer365.)
At the Annual In-Person Conference, there are a variety of activities including keynote presentations, artist-led sessions, one-on-one mentoring, round table discussions, networking events, as well as creative releases such as a gallery reception, create room, and pitch competition.
SEA program support is provided by staff, advisory board members, ambassadors, volunteers, sponsors, and collaborative partners.
"Participating in the SEA Pitch competition was truly an amazing experience and opportunity. The amount of support I received from the SEA judges and staff was inspiring and the conference provided me with ideas and connections that I have applied to my entrepreneurial endeavors."
"SEA was fun from the moment that I heard about it – Day One! I love learning from my fellow panelists and my students. At the conference, I am taking lots of notes! In SEA, I have found a generous community, a nice family consisting of just good people."
"SEA challenged me to reach out to others beyond theater – to schools, public speaking, and to advocacy with groups like Little People of America. I got to go twice! It’s an amazing opportunity and more people should know about it. I never thought I’d make my own business, but I am! You can too!"
“At the SEA conference, I learned a lot about how to be a pro in the artistic world. In addition to the information that I received, I had so much fun. The drum circle and art room were so rewarding. I still have some of the art on my wall now. Go! You well get so much more than you can imagine now.”
"For me it has always been a great experience every time! I love the mood of this conference, everyone just excited to be there, so inspiring"
“SEA’s conference is a necessary event for young artists to surround themselves with like minded people. People who can understand and nurture them on their own life’s journey. Attendees receive a full spectrum of panelists and presenters, from technical “how to” panels and coaching, to motivational speakers. I would present every year if SEA would have me! It’s a wonderful forum.”