Chicagoans of the Year in the Arts
Chicago Tribune critics and writers pick the Chicagoans of the Year in the Arts.
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Carolina Jayaram, Chicago Artists Coalition
The Chicago Artists Coalition's executive director Carolina Jayaram wants artists to get in touch with their entrepreneurial sides, and if her vision for the CAC pans out, it will soon become a national resource for creative professionals of all stripes, not just visual artists but practitioners in the fields of dance, music, theater, literature, publishing and media ... even the culinary arts. Jayaram has only been in the job for three years, but in that time she's re-booted the entire organization, sharpening the CAC's mission and boosting its profile by launching a slew of new programs, many of them aimed at helping arts professionals become better business people, which in turn, Jayaram says, will help the city of Chicago grow a larger and more sustainable creative marketplace. -Claudine Ise, Special to the Tribune