Support, Inspire, and Encourage Creatives

Together we can help artists start off on the right foot!

Tyler Bradley (pictured on the left) states, "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."


Tyler exemplifies the type of creative that SEA is seeking to support, inspire, and encourage to develop a career out of their art.

Donations are made through PayPal to North Central College. SEA is a program housed at the college. North Central College is a 501c3 nonprofit educational institution. 100% of the donations through this link will be allocated specifically to the SEA Program.


Gain Access to the Next Generation of Creative Business Owners and Leaders!

75% of arts alumni report being self-employed at some point in their career according to the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP). That is a huge number! This is your opportunity to connect and engage with these future self-employed artists.

Sponsorship Opportunities Include:
Please note several of our sponsorship opportunities that are associated with print deadlines, have a January 1st deadline

Conference Bags

Exhibitor Table

Student Scholarships

Funding Pitch Competition for Creatives

Roundtable Discussions

Conference Lanyards

Juried College Art Competition

Printed Program / Advertisements

Faculty, Sponsor, Presenter Reception

Keynote Session

Juried College Art Competition

Refreshement Breaks

Lunch and Learn Sessions

Joins these other great sponsors:
Sponsors over the last several years have included:

The Coleman Foundation

The John E. and Jeanne T. Hughes Foundation

The Illinois Arts Council

North Central College

Illinois State University

Millikin University

Beloit College

Ace Metal Refinishers, Inc.

Columbia College Chicago

Guident Business Solutions

Blick Art Materials

DePaul University

Band for Today

Blooming Color