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.
"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.”