Professional Development Opportunities for Artists and Arts Organizations

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Volunteer for DCASE

 

Share your love of Chicago’s culture, history and architecture by volunteering with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

With DCASE you will connect guests (Chicagoans and visitors alike) with some of the city’s cultural treasures, such as Millennium Park, the Chicago Cultural Center, Clarke House Museum, and the Taste of Chicago.

Volunteers help in a variety of ways: leading tours, providing information, assisting with events, and more.

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Industry Event

 

Theater on the Lake: PROLOGUE

a gathering place for theatre-makers, cultural programmers and change agents state-wide

June 26–28

2401 N. Lake Shore Dr.

Free Admission

As part of 2019 as The Year of Chicago Theatre, the Chicago Park District presents three days of workshops, performances and conversations for theatre professionals focusing on: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; Radical Accessibility; Investing in Cultural Work for all people; and Connecting Artists and Organizations. This new program is in partnership with The Chicago Cultural Accessibility Consortium, The Chicago Inclusion Project, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and Arts Alliance Illinois.

For complete program information and to register, visit www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/theater-lake.

 

Opportunities for Individual Artists

 

New City of Chicago Mural Registry

DCASE recently launched the new City of Chicago Mural Registry, a publicly-accessible database documenting the growing collection of murals across the city on both private and public property. Artists, organizations and property owners are encouraged to register completed murals by submitting an application. For more information about the registration process application and process, visit chicago.gov/muralregistry.

 

Performance Opportunities at DCASE Events

The deadline to apply to perform at the 2019 festival has passed. The 2020 application will open in the Fall.

 

Year of Chicago Theatre Cultural Asset Mapping

Application deadline is Friday, July 19 (Deadline Extended)

The Department of Cultural Affairs (DCASE), in partnership with the League of Chicago Theatres, has designated 2019 as the Year of Chicago Theatre (YOCT). A key component of the mission of the YOCT is to build inclusivity and expand the geographic scope of Chicago theatre. As part of this work, YOCT will conduct a survey of theatre assets on the south and west sides. Led by artists, YOCT will map cultural ‘assets’ – documenting the people, organizations, facilities, businesses, and place-based and place-based histories that support and inform the development of theatre on the south and west sides of the city. Individual artists, artist teams and arts organizations are invited to apply to lead these cultural asset mapping projects.

Apply Online

 

Opportunities for Educators/Instructors

 

Call for Millennium Park Summer Workout Instructors

If you are interested in teaching a fitness class in the world renowned Millennium Park during our 2020 Millennium Park Summer Workouts, please apply online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/mpworkouts and we will reach out to you when we open up for submissions.

 

DCASE Exhibition Exploration

By reservation, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am–12:30pm, maximum 30 students
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.

DCASE offers a free guided Exhibition Exploration especially for Elementary and High School groups. Delve into current exhibitions and explore the Chicago Cultural Center, Learning Lab and Millennium Park! Register at surveymonkey.com/r/CCCtours, and please note in the comment section whether you are interested in an Exhibition Exploration or Building Tour.

 

Opportunities for Arts Organizations and Businesses

 

2020 ArtsSpace Program – Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Application deadline is Monday, July 1, at 5pm CST

The DCASE ArtsSpace Program offers access to space at DCASE venues for free public programs organized by Chicago's cultural organizations. Through this program, arts organizations can apply to bring a performance, program or event to the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park in 2020. The application will open and guidelines will become available on May 15, 2019. The application deadline is July 1, 2019 at 5pm CST. View guidelines and apply at ChicagoCulturalGrants.org.

 

Open House Chicago Theatre Opportunity

Proposals Due Saturday, June 15

Do you have a theatre venue and are looking for new audiences? Are you interested in connecting to the Year of Chicago Theatre in a simple and exciting way, right in your own neighborhood?

Join fellow theatres in participating in Open House Chicago, a citywide program for thousands of visitors to discover unexpected and beloved neighborhood spaces across the city! Gain the opportunity to attract new and captive audiences - and through a special collaboration with the Chicago Architecture Center for the Year of Chicago Theatre, participating theatres will get special visibility and promotion during 2019 Open House Chicago (Oct 19-20)! Download FAQ here for more info.

Propose your site at openhousechicago.org/propose, and email questions to OHC@architecture.org.

 

Year of Chicago Theatre Teen Engagement Program Funding Opportunity

Applications due Monday, July 15 at 5pm

As part of 2019 Year of Chicago Theatre and supported by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Teen Arts Pass (a program of Urban Gateways) is looking to present a series of unique teen engagement programs celebrating Chicago theatre this fall! Organizations working with teen populations are invited to propose teen-focused programs offering one-of-a-kind, hands-on opportunities for young people to engage with theatre across the city. Non-theatre youth organizations can apply if in partnership with a theatre venue or group.

Visit bit.ly/YOCTteen for more information and apply at bit.ly/YOCTTAPapply. Contact Tarah (tortiz@urbangateways.org) with any questions.

 

Maxwell Street Market "The Big Deal" Vendor Opportunity

Application deadline is Wednesday, July 17

Products galore, food trucks, and more wanted for THE BIG DEAL at Maxwell Street Market!

Join us for THE BIG DEAL – a celebration of historic Maxwell Street Market, Chicago's longest running open air market – Sunday, August 4th, 9am–3pm! We are looking for new vendors to participate in this festival-style extravaganza featuring a vendor marketplace, live music, DJs, kids activities and more.

Only $30 for general merchandise vendors.

Don't miss the chance to get your products in the hands of thousands of attendees! Interested vendors should email maxwellstreet@cityofchicago.org to request an application.

 

Year of Chicago Theatre Cultural Asset Mapping

Application deadline is Friday, July 19 (Deadline Extended)

The Department of Cultural Affairs (DCASE), in partnership with the League of Chicago Theatres, has designated 2019 as the Year of Chicago Theatre (YOCT). A key component of the mission of the YOCT is to build inclusivity and expand the geographic scope of Chicago theatre. As part of this work, YOCT will conduct a survey of theatre assets on the south and west sides. Led by artists, YOCT will map cultural ‘assets’ – documenting the people, organizations, facilities, businesses, and place-based and place-based histories that support and inform the development of theatre on the south and west sides of the city. Individual artists, artist teams and arts organizations are invited to apply to lead these cultural asset mapping projects.

Apply Online

 

Community Market Vendor Application

City Markets is still looking for vendors at markets in the neighborhoods! For more information and the application, visit ChicagoCityMarkets.us.

 

DCASE ArtsSpace Program – Chicago Cultural Center

Applications accepted on a rolling basis

The DCASE ArtsSpace Program offers access to space at DCASE venues for free public programs organized by Chicago's cultural organizations. Applications for programs at the Chicago Cultural Center 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. For more information and the application, visit ChicagoCulturalGrants.org.

 

Call for Corporate Partners

DCASE produces Chicago's largest free festivals including Taste of Chicago, Chicago Blues Festival and Chicago Jazz Festival plus a variety of other festivals and events throughout the year. Our goal is to engage companies, agencies and other partners to add value to the City's events while bringing brands directly to local consumers to increase brand awareness, generate valuable press exposure, drive traffic and sales, and build customer loyalty. To learn more about partnership opportunities, visit ChicagoPartnerships.com or email at chicagopartnerships@cityofchicago.org.

 

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