Artist Response Program

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The City of Chicago is facing a critical moment in its history as the COVID-19 pandemic amplifies systemic racism and the history of disinvestment on the South and West sides of the city and presents an opportunity to rebuild towards equity. Recognizing that artists have always played an important role in advancing the causes of justice and equity, DCASE seeks to support artists in developing projects that engage the public in a constructive, civic dialogue that will propel our collective action, facilitate progress, and make Chicago a model city for the nation as it faces the difficult work ahead.

Through the Artist Response Program, DCASE will select 5 – 10 artists/artist teams to implement ambitious public art projects and 3 – 5 Re-granting Partners to distribute funds to artists.

Artists/artist teams interested in applying for Direct Grants can download the guideline packet (PDF) and apply through Café online.

To learn more about Direct Grants, please join us for a webinar on Friday, January 15 at 11:00am. Sold Out, a recording will be available online.

Organizations interested in applying to be Re-granting Partners can download the guideline packet (PDF) and apply online through CyberGrants.

To learn more about becoming a Re-granting Partner, please join us for a webinar on Friday, January 15 at 2:00pm. Register Online.

Please review the guideline packet in full before applying.


  • January 11: Applications opens
  • February 5: Applications close at 5:00pm CST
  • March: Finalist interviews
  • April: Grantees selected
  • May: Payments distributed

Timeframe is subject to change.


DCASE strives to provide a balanced portfolio of grants across the city and across all eligible disciplines and will prioritize projects in community areas that have been historically under-resourced.

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