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The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is pleased to announce that the application period for the Cultural Grant Program’s 2016 Individual Artist Program (IAP) opens Monday, October 5. The Individual Artists Program aims to discover and nurture practicing artists and creative professionals through grants to Chicago-based artists over 18 years of age, at all career levels, working across numerous disciplines and across both traditional fine arts and for-profit creative industries. The IAP project grants are given in amounts up to $5,000 to support the creation of artistic work or up to $2,500 to support professional development opportunities. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, November 5 at 5pm.
DCASE awards $1.7 million each year in direct funding to Chicago’s arts community – via the Individual Artists Program; the CityArts Program for organizations; and IncentOvate, for larger cultural institutions. In 2015, IAP grants supported projects that reached an estimated audience of more than 2 million and employed approximately 615 artists.
“The City of Chicago encourages artists from every neighborhood across the city and artists working in every discipline to apply for a grant,” says Michelle T. Boone, Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. “This program is immensely important for the development of Chicago’s practicing artists and creative professionals.”
There are two funding categories, which artists can self-select when they apply for a grant. The first category is the “Creation of Artistic Work,” which provides support for practicing artists and creative professionals to develop or create artistic work. The second category is “Professional Development,” which provides support for professional development opportunities.
In order to apply, all applicants are required to attend one of the Application Assistance Workshops, which will review updates to grant guidelines and review criteria, providing guidance to help applicants prepare the strongest, most competitive applications possible. The workshops are FREE to attend and will be held at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.) on these dates/times:
• Wednesday, September 23, 3- 5pm, in the 5th Floor Washington Room
• Thursday, September 24, 9-11am, in the 5th Floor Garland Room
• Thursday, September 24, 2-4pm, in the 5th Floor Garland Room
• Friday, September 25, 11am-1pm, in the 5th Floor Washington Room
• Monday, September 28, 2-4pm, in the 5th Floor Washington
• Tuesday, September 29, 9-11am, in the 5th Floor Washington Room
• Tuesday, September 29, 4-6pm, in the 5th Floor Washington Room
• Tuesday, October 6, 3-5pm, in the 5th Floor Garland Room
• Tuesday, October 6, 5:30-7:30pm, in the 5th Floor Garland Room
To register for an Application Assistance Workshop, apply for an Individual Artists Program grant or to learn more about the Cultural Grants Program, please visit ChicagoCulturalGrants.org.
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural asses to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.