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Opportunities for Everyone


Ensemble-Made Chicago Virtual Workshop Series

Select dates, October 12November 14, 2020 * Pick and Choose workshops

Chicago is home to one of the most exciting and democratic forms of theater: devised and ensemble-made performance – a way of working that invites everyone to be a part of creating something new and uniquely theirs. Drawing inspiration from Ensemble-Made Chicago: A Guide to Devised Theater by authors Chloe Johnston (of Neo-Futurists) and Coya Paz Brownrigg (of Free Street Theater), Chicago theater ensembles lead free co-creativity workshops for theatre creatives, performers and artists of all backgrounds, teachers, students, and everyone curious to learn new collaboration tools. Workshop schedule and registration at


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


Opportunities for Individual Artists


2021 Individual Artist Program Grants

Application Deadline: Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 5pm CST

DCASE is pleased to announce the timeline for the 2021 Individual Artists Program (IAP) grant cycle. IAP grants aim to assist Chicago's practicing artists in creating work that develops their craft and elevates their careers, while adding to the cultural vitality of the city of Chicago. IAP grants support artists across all artistic disciplines including Film & Media Arts, Literary Arts, Performing Arts (Theatre/Dance), Music and Visual Arts/Design. The application will open and guidelines will become available on October 26, 2020, and are due before December 1, 2020 at 5pm CST. For eligibility requirements, grant calendar, and to RSVP for virtual application workshops please visit


Request for Qualifications: Chicago Aviation Artist Pool

Application Deadline: Sunday, November 29, 2020, 11:59pm CST

DCASE, in partnership with the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA), invites Chicago-based professional artists and artist teams to submit qualifications for potential inclusion in Chicago’s Aviation Artist Pool. The Aviation Artist Pool is a mechanism for selecting artists for public art opportunities at Chicago O’Hare and Midway Airports. For more information and the application, visit


Chicago Cultural Center Learning Lab Virtual Programs

Applications accepted on a rolling basis

The Chicago Cultural Center's Learning Lab invites artists to share their talents in hands-on "Meet an Artist" programs. As the Chicago Cultural Center remains closed to the public in response to COVID-19, we invite artists to propose activities that can be shared with the public through live video. We are especially interested in activities that align with the Year of Chicago Music. To apply, visit Learning Lab Meet an Artist Proposal Application.


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


Performance Opportunities at DCASE Events

For consideration for performance opportunities at events organized by DCASE, please submit information at Note, due to the volume of submissions, we are unable to respond to each artist.


Opportunities for Educators/Instructors


Millennium Park Summer Workout Instructors

The application process has closed for the 2020 season. If you would like to be notified when we open the application for summer 2021, please submit your information at


Opportunities for Arts Organizations and Venues


Performing Arts Venue Relief Grants Program – Round 2

Deadline to apply is Thursday, December 3 at 5:00pm CST

Applications are open for a new round of funding for the City of Chicago’s Performing Arts Venue Relief Program.

To review important updates to the guidelines for this round of funding and apply, visit


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


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

Please note, in response to COVID-19, the Chicago Cultural Center remains closed to the public and all events, programs and tours are canceled until further notice.


CityArts Program Grants

2021 Application is expected to open early in 2021

The goal of DCASE’s CityArts Program is to encourage the attainment of artistic excellence and financial stability, and to incentivize innovation related to citywide priorities. Nonprofit arts and culture organizations of all sizes can apply for general operating grants and project grants. Information about the 2020 program is available at


Opportunities for Businesses and Vendors


2020 Chicago City Markets Vendor Applications

Farmers, food entrepreneurs and artisans are invited to submit applications to sell their produce and locally-sourced and -made food products at some of our neighborhood City Market locations. Due to COVID-19 precautions, food may not be prepared on site by any market vendors. More information and application at


Maxwell Street Market Vendor Applications

Be a part of the historic Maxwell Street Market, a Chicago tradition with an eclectic mix of handmade crafts, resale housewares, clothing and more. For more information and vendor application, visit

Please note, in response to COVID-19, the Maxwell Street Market remains closed through September 6, 2020.


Taste of Chicago Vendor Application

The application process has closed for the 2020 season. If you would like to be notified when we open the application for summer 2021, please submit your information at


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 or email at


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