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Navigating Recovery: Arts and Culture Financial and Operating Treads in Chicago Navigating Recovery: Arts and Culture Financial and Operating Trends in Chicago

SMU DataArts has partnered with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) to produce this first look at the health of many of the city’s arts and cultural organizations before, during, and emerging from the pandemic. The report examines financial and operating trends among its applicant organizations from 2019 through 2022, and analyzes variations for organizations with different characteristics such as budget size, discipline, and mission focus. A look in the rearview mirror provides context for the underlying challenges that a lot of organizations are facing today. Download the Executive Summary and Full Report.

 

 

Career Opportunities

 

The City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) supports artists and cultural organizations, invests in the creative economy, and expands access and participation in the arts throughout Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods.

For more information on the following opportunity and to apply, visit Chi.gov/DCASEJobs.

 

Cultural Affairs Coordinator II, Permits (Job Number: 394893)

Application Closing Date: Monday, March 11, 2024, 11:59pm (CDT)

The Cultural Affairs Coordinator II, Permits position in the Operations Division of DCASE will serve as an active liaison between event organizers and City agencies to coordinate and secure Special Event Permits required for hosting outdoor events in the City of Chicago, with a focus on community stakeholders for private athletic events requesting to use the public way. The position will work with organizers and City agencies to review permit applications for street closures, alcohol sales, food sales, merchandise sales, large stages, large tents, etc.

 

Cultural Affairs Coordinator II, Chicago Film Office (Job Number: 394631)

Application Closing Date: Monday, March 25, 2024, 11:59pm (CDT)

The Cultural Affairs Coordinator II position in the DCASE Chicago Film Office Division will serve the needs of the local film and media industry and be its advocate. This includes reviewing and facilitating film permit applications and city services requests for film and television productions and serving as a liaison between city departments, aldermanic offices, location departments, sister agencies, and other government, community, and industry stakeholders. In addition, the position will support other activities of the Chicago Film Office as needed, including programming, events, and serving as an industry resource for the local film community.

 

Opportunities

 

Healing Arts Chicago

Winter Session 2024: Tuesday, February 20 – Friday, March 29

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Chicago Department of Public Health announce Healing Arts Chicago, a new program offering free arts services to support mental health and wellness at the City’s Mental Health Centers year-round. Sign up for free creative classes and workshops, including yoga, sound and body meditation, music, painting, writing, and more. For more information and to register, visit Chicago.gov/DCASE.

 

Chicago Farmers Markets Vendor Application Now Open

Renewing Vendor Deadline: Friday, March 8

New Vendor Deadline: Friday, March 15

Farmers, food entrepreneurs and artisans are invited to submit applications to sell their produce and locally-sourced and -made food products and goods at Chicago Farmers Markets. For more information and to apply, visit ChicagoFarmersMarkets.org.

 

CityArts Program is Now Open

Application Deadline: Monday, March 25, 5:00pm CT

Chicago arts and culture nonprofits of all sizes and artistic disciplines can apply for CityArts general operating grants. Applicants must have a primary mission to create, produce, present, provide, or support arts and culture activities or services. 2023 CityArts general operating grantees DO NOT need to re-apply to the 2024 CityArts program. To apply and learn more, visit ChicagoCulturalGrants.org.

 

Special Events Permit Application

DCASE processes Special Events applications for outdoor festivals, street and art/craft fairs and athletic events. Special Event Permits will be issued but are subject to change based on updated health and safety guidelines from either the City of Chicago or State of Illinois. All events must follow guidelines in place at the time of the event. For more information and to apply online, visit our Special Events Permit Application website.

 

Performing Arts, Music, Dance, and Theater Programming Submissions 2024

Apply Online

Are you an artist or arts organization interested in participating in 2024 DCASE Performing Arts, Music, Dance, or Theater programming? Due to the volume of responses, applications will be reviewed on a monthly basis. Should an opportunity arise for partnership, you will be contacted directly by a member of the DCASE Performing Arts Programming Team.

 

Learning Hub in the Learning Lab

More Info and Apply Online

The Learning Lab is a free public space that makes learning visible.

Do you want to make the Chicago Cultural Center your hub for educational and creative activities?

Educators, artists, and non-profit organizations are invited to submit proposals to make our Lab your Hub.

 

Share your Feedback with us!

Complete the Survey Online

If you are an artist, creative worker or arts administrator – we want to hear from you! DCASE wants to learn more about how to support you as we build out our cultural resource offerings. Are you interested in workshops, trainings, conferences, or virtual resources? Let us know how we can support you.

Complete this survey to share information with us about yourself and the types of support you need. The first 350 individuals that complete the survey will receive a gift card to the Buddy Store!

 

Cultural Community Rental Path

The Cultural Community Rental Path was created to reduce barriers to entry for Chicago's artists and arts organizations to produce free and open to the public events at the Chicago Cultural Center. The process features a reduced room rental rate and waived standard equipment fees (other production and operations costs still apply). For more information, visit ChicagoCulturalCenter.org.

 

Apply for the Small Business Improvement Fund

The Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF), offered by the Department of Planning and Development (DPD), provides grant funding for permanent building improvements and repairs across the city.

SBIF is offered to tenants and owners of industrial and commercial properties. Program participants can receive grants to cover between 30% and 90% of the cost of remodeling work, with a maximum grant of $150,000 for commercial properties and $250,000 for industrial properties. The grant, which is administered by SomerCor on the City’s behalf, does not have to be repaid. To learn about eligibility, attend an information session, and apply, please visit Chicago.gov/SBIF.

February's prioritized geographies are the following TIF districts (the districts change each month):

 

Nonprofit Capacity Building Program

The Nonprofit Capacity Building Program, offered by the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection, aims to support nonprofits disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic through the support of technical assistance and capacity building services to help stabilize and scale their operations. Programming concluded at the end of December 2023, but past webinars are available online.

Past Events:

To learn more about the Nonprofit Capacity Building Program, visit Chicago.gov/BACPRecoveryPlan.

 

Call for Submissions: “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. 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, application and process, visit Chicago.gov/muralregistry.

 

Nominate a Neighborhood Cultural Spotlight for 2024

Chicago Cultural Center, Welcome Center, 1st Floor North

Neighborhood Cultural Spotlights feature people, places and things nominated and recognized for a cultural contribution to their neighborhood’s vitality, and celebrates cultural assets in Chicago’s varied and vibrant 77 community areas.

Neighborhood Cultural Spotlights can be given to your local puppeteer, the house on the block with sculptural installations in the yard, the neighborhood culture compiler who sends out a newsletter, or the local arts supporter who your community relies upon, etc.

Know a person, place or thing in your neighborhood that deserves a Neighborhood Cultural Spotlight?  Nominate now

Check out the current Neighborhood Cultural Spotlights in the Welcome Center and then nominate your favorite neighborhood cultural asset!

 

Digital Access for ALL Chicagoans

Chicago families know the importance of quality, affordable internet, computers, and resources to participate in today’s society. For information on no-cost resources for eligible households to ensure they are supported and safe in today’s digital world, visit Chicago.gov.

 

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

 

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.

 

Resources

 

City Marketing Assets + Resource Guide

Access a partial list of City of Chicago Marketing Assets available to the local arts industry. This was compiled by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) for its Performing Arts Convening: Marketing and Audience Development, held October 26, 2022. Download the guide (PDF).

 

Creative Worker Resources

This is a listing of resources available locally and nationally to support creatives, from job boards, to professional advancement programs, to emergency funding.

 

Navigating Recovery: Arts and Culture Financial and Operating Treads in ChicagoNavigating Recovery: Arts and Culture Financial and Operating Trends in Chicago

SMU DataArts has partnered with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) to produce this first look at the health of many of the city’s arts and cultural organizations before, during, and emerging from the pandemic. The report examines financial and operating trends among its applicant organizations from 2019 through 2022, and analyzes variations for organizations with different characteristics such as budget size, discipline, and mission focus. A look in the rearview mirror provides context for the underlying challenges that a lot of organizations are facing today. Download the Executive Summary and Full Report.