ArtsSpace Program

Recognizing that one of the most valuable resources DCASE has to offer is space, in 2018 DCASE launched the ArtsSpace Program, providing a variety of opportunities for cultural organizations to access space at Millennium Park and the Chicago Cultural Center.


DCASE’s current ArtsSpace Programs are:


ArtsSpace Program — Michigan Avenue Galleries

Applications are now open. Deadline is May 15, 2020 at 5pm CST

The Michigan Avenue Galleries (MAG) ArtsSpace Grant Program is entering its third year, awarding exhibition space and a stipend of $10,000 for expenses. The grant will be open to individual curators and artists with a demonstrated record of curatorial experience and achievement. Applications can be submitted by individuals, or by organizations with which the curator is affiliated, but all narrative questions must be addressed by the curator.

The goal of this program is to elevate the careers of Chicago-based artists and curators, and to strengthen the diversity of artists represented in the Chicago Cultural Center’s galleries.

This year, residency requirements for curator/artist(s) have expanded from the City of Chicago to include Cook County (IL) or Lake County (IN).

Download eligibility and grant parameters (PDF)

To apply, please visit:

Applicants are encouraged to attend an application assistance workshop to learn about updates to the program and details of the application process. The last workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, May 6 at 2pm CST.

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ArtsSpace Program — Jay Pritzker Pavilion

The 2020 application is now closed.

The ArtsSpace Program — Jay Pritzker Pavilion is an in-kind grant opportunity providing free space in the Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park for Chicago-based non-profit organizations and cultural producers. The 2020 Millennium Park Summer Season will take place from June 2020 through October 2020, and a limited number of program dates will be available through a competitive application process. Selected grantees are responsible for bringing their proposed event to life, with DCASE providing critical technical and in-kind support to help the grantee to realize their vision. This year, DCASE will also be offering stipends to some organizations to help support their performances.

All programs in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion must be free and open to the public.



ArtsSpace Program — Chicago Cultural Center

Due to health safety concerns, ArtsSpace applications for the Chicago Cultural Center are limited to proposed events scheduled for September 2020 onwards. Please email Meghan Beals McCarthy at with any questions.

Application open Year Round

Year-round performance and presenting opportunities for non-profit arts organizations at the Chicago Cultural Center. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and must be submitted at least 120 days prior to the event date. Selected organizations will have their venue rental fee waived, but will incur operational costs for their programs.

Download eligibility and application questions (PDF)

To apply please visit:

All programs presented through an ArtsSpace grant must be free and open to the public.