SEA 2020-21 & Covid-19:
When we left the 20th Annual SEA Conference the end of February 2020, none of us really had a grasp on what lied ahead. In less than a month, most of us would see our daily lives drastically altered whether that meant working from home or trying to figure out how to pay bills now that creative work was halted. Our world is definitely in a different place.
After careful evaluation, we have decided to cancel the 2021 conference and reimagine what the 21st year of SEA will look like. While we are very disappointed that we won't be able to gather together in person in February, we are excited at what we have in store. This is an opportunity for us to connect with all of you in ways we never thought possible. As one of our well loved former keynote's stated:
"Now is not the time to just settle for ordinary. We encourage you, instead, to take advantage of this time for reinvention, innovation, and the extraordinary. Just because you have to do it differently, doesn't mean it has to be inferior to how it was done before."
- Jade Simmons, artist and independent presidential candidate
2020-21 New Initiatives:
We'll be adding additional programming throughout the year. We'll announce new opportunities on our social media platforms as well as listing them here. For the latest updates, check our calendar of events, follow our Facebook page, and sign up for our email list.
Covid-19 Artist Interview Series:
How to move your art business forward during these uncertain times
We are excited to present this new series virtually live on Facebook. Ten interviews are scheduled with a variety of our past SEA Presenters to talk about how their art careers have been affected by Covid-19, how they are adapting, and tips for success during these challenging times. Interviews run Monday and Thursday evenings at 7 PM CST June 22nd through the end of July. The live recordings are then available on our Youtube channel. For a list of upcoming interviews, click here. For access to past recordings, click here.
Innovating Forward into the Unknown
The CEO Global Conference will be held virtually November 6th and 7th. SEA is pleased to once again provide sessions geared specifically towards the creative fields. SEA attendees can receive a special rate of only $25 which will provide access to all regular and SEA track sessions for both days. Use this LINK to learn more and access the special SEA rate.
Virtual Networking Coffee Breaks
Resuming with special guests and topics in October, every Wednesday at 11 AM CST, join us for a chance to build your network and stay connected with other creatives from across the country. Through our SEA Mastermind Facebook Group, we'll be providing a link to Zoom where you can join the conversation. The SEA Mastermind is a free closed group. To join, visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheSEAMastermind/
Mentoring Platform = 1 to 1 Sessions
One-on-one mentoring sessions are a favorite at our in-person conference. Now, you can access many of our great experts you have come to know and love at the conference all year long through our mentoring platform launching November 5th. The platform allows for a variety of mentoring options from video and audio clip feedback to portfolio reviews and question and answer sessions geared around topics relevant to your career aspirations. Sign up now for your chance to win a free live 1 - 1 session. More information about the experts and mentoring areas will be available when the platform launches on November 5th.
Where Are They Now?
As we put together the 20th Annual SEA Conference last winter, we came across many former attendees who were now succeeding at what they love to do - their art! So, we decided we needed to collect these stories in a more formal way. We're sharing profiles of past attendees on our Facebook page and our website. We also will be adding live interviews in the coming year. Stay tuned! In the meantime, visit our Facebook page for recent profiles and if you are a past attendee and would like to share your "Where are you now?" story with us, click this link.