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Job Opportunity


Come be a part of the DCASE team and help enrich Chicago's artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. We're currently seeking to fill the following position:


Projects Administrator, Executive Administration Division (Job Number: 352242) Number of openings: 1

Deadline to Apply: Monday, September 27

The Projects Administrator position in the Executive Administration Division of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) will help inform the development and implementation of cultural policies and programs, providing research, evaluation, strategic planning, assessments, and quality standards for cultural policies, strategies, and program development at DCASE and in collaboration with other city agencies and the cultural sector at large. As a member of the Executive Administration Division, this position reports directly to the First Deputy Commissioner and Commissioner of DCASE.

For more information and to apply, visit cityofchicago.org/careers and search for the job number before the application end date.


Opportunities for Everyone


We Will Chicago Artist-led Community Engagement Events

August–September, All events are free and open to the public, registration is not required

As the lead community engagement artists for We Will Chicago, artist/organizer teams from Honey Pot Performance are hosting in-person events now through the end of September, organized around the seven pillars of We Will Chicago. Members of the public are invited to join these events to meet the artists, learn about Chicago's citywide plan, and share their thoughts on the project pillars For all related event dates, times and Zoom links, visit https://wewillchicago.com/calendar.


Chicago in Tune

Music In The Key Of Chicago, Chicago In Tune (August 19 – September 19) is a new citywide festival celebrating music in the key of Chicago — during the 2021 Year of Chicago Music. This month of music will bring iconic neighborhood venues, presenting organizations and musicians from across the city together to celebrate all music genres and forms — with both large and small, free and ticketed events at clubs, concert halls and beyond. Venues, organizations and artists should please submit Chicago In Tune events by visiting Do312.com/ChicagoInTune.


Chicago Monuments Project

Monuments and memorials have become a focal point for conversation, protest and activism in the city of Chicago. In response, the City has created a committee to review the city’s collection of monuments and recommend solutions. The Chicago Monuments Project intends to grapple with the often unacknowledged – or forgotten – history associated with the City’s various municipal art collections and provides a vehicle to address the hard truths of Chicago’s racial history, confront the ways in which that history has and has not been memorialized and develop a framework for marking public space that elevates new ways to memorialize Chicago’s true and complete history. To learn more and share your thoughts, please visit www.ChicagoMonuments.org – and join the conversation on social media using #ChicagoMonuments.


Volunteer for DCASE

Applications accepted on a rolling basis

Share your love of Chicago’s culture, history and architecture by volunteering with DCASE. 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, greeting and wayfinding at events and more. Information and application at dcasevoluntours.org.


Opportunities for Individual Artists


Next Showcase Chicago 4th Year Anniversary Showcase

Auditions Dates: Saturday, September 25, 10am-4pm at Avalon Park, 1215 E. 83rd St.  /  Sunday, September 26, 2-10pm at Music Garage, 345 N. Loomis (5th Floor Show Room)

Event Date: Thursday, October 28

Presented as part of the 2021 DCASE Professional Development Series.

No fee to audition! No performance fee!

Must Be 21 and Older. Chicagoland musicians and/or groups.

For more information email info@nextshowcaseusa.com.


2021 Artist Response Program Re-Granting Partners — Applications Now Open

Application Deadlines: Community Storytellers, Monday, September 13; Chicago Forward Project, Friday, October 1

Community Storytellers
Community Storytellers uplifts community voices by equipping Chicago-based storytellers with the tools to produce films that impact communities. Full Spectrum Features (FSF) will produce and exhibit three artist-led scripted short films that showcase community resilience and rebuilding. Too often, stories about underrepresented communities only center on their trauma and suffering. We also want to spotlight stories that showcase joy, healing, and peace as acts of resistance. FSF is a Chicago-based nonprofit committed to driving equity in the independent film industry by producing, exhibiting, and supporting the work of women, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ filmmakers.

Applications are now open through Monday, September 13. For more information and to apply, visit www.fullspectrumfeatures.com/community-storytellers


Chicago Forward Project
Kartemquin Films (KTQ) supports independent filmmakers to create impactful documentary films that foster a more just and engaged society. KTQ’s Chicago Forward grantees will receive funding to produce a demo-like piece (collection of scenes, extended trailer, etc) exploring broad themes emerging from the pandemic and renewed reckoning with racial injustice in Chicago’s communities. KTQ will award 8 grants for makers advancing a short or feature documentary, with decisions made by a panel of 7 diverse Chicago filmmakers. The initiative will pair grantees with dedicated mentors to provide guidance in the full year of their grant term and culminate in 8 community-centered events.

Application now open through Friday, October 1. For more information and to apply, visit https://kartemquin.com/content/chicago-forward-project


Call for submission "Now Playing...Sights & Sounds" in the Learning Lab

Applications accepted on a rolling basis

The Learning Lab at the Chicago Cultural Center is an interactive studio that offers sights, sounds, and experiences for visitors of all ages and a wide range of abilities. Reinvigorated by design team Made in Englewood.

Organizations and artists from around the world are invited to submit their work to play in the sound dome and projection wall in the Learning Lab. Special focus on work that aligns with youth and/or the Year of Chicago Music.

For more information visit: "Now Playing...Sights & Sounds" in the Learning Lab


City of Chicago Mural Registry

Applications accepted on a rolling basis

DCASE manages the 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.


Opportunities for Arts Organizations


Chicago Youth Music Exchange Applications Now Open

Applications accepted on a rolling basis

Chicago-based youth music ensembles/programs are invited to apply to the Chicago Youth Music Exchange, a pilot cross-neighborhood, cross-program virtual exchange. Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE) is curating this new pilot program for the Year of Chicago Music and DCASE. Information and application at bit.ly/YOCMExchange.


Chicago Cultural Center ArtsSpace Program

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.


Opportunities for Businesses and Vendors


Film & TV Workforce Training Program

Request For Proposals

Proposal Deadline: Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 3:00pm CST
Pre-Proposal Conference will be held on August 27, 2021 at 2:00pm CST, virtually via Microsoft Teams

The City of Chicago, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) seeks proposals from qualified firms to provide a film and TV workforce training program. For more information and to download the bid documents, visit chicago.gov/dcase.


Maxwell Street Market Vendor Application

Entrepreneurs, artisans, farmers and food vendors are invited to submit applications to vend at the historic Maxwell Street Market. Opportunities are still available through December 19, 2021. More info at MaxwellStreetMarket.us.


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.