Professional Development Opportunities for Artists and Arts Organizations

DCASE Homepage  >  Opportunities for Artists and Arts Organizations


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.

Apply Online


Industry Events


ChicagoMade Music Collective Artist Enrichment Workshop in collaboration with Next Showcase USA

Monday, January 28, 7-10pm

Complex 2010 Studios, 2625 S. Wabash Ave.

For new and aspiring artists, the Artist Enrichment Workshop will help educate artists on necessary components of the music industry. Learn what you need to know about live performances, the business behind the music, protecting your instrument, how to get your music played and more from a panel of music industry experts and artists. The evening will include a Q&A session and time for networking with peers and panelists.


Chicago 2019 Special Event Permit Application Workshop

Saturday, February 9, 10am-12pm

Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.

The City of Chicago 2019 Special Event Permit Application and Resource Guide are now available at All are invited to a workshop with DCASE's External Events Team and other City Departments to learn more about the permitting process for neighborhood festivals, music festivals and athletic events taking place in Chicago in 2019.


It's Showtime, Chicago - A Celebration of Chicago Theatre

Monday, February 11, 6-8pm

Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.

Celebrate the start of the Year of Chicago Theatre! This free-admission, building-wide celebration invites everyone - from the curious to seasoned theatre-goers - for an inspiring and surprising look at the "fearless soul" of our city - Chicago's theatre community. Participating artists and theatre companies including The Second City, Walkabout Theater Company, Free Street Theater, Chicago Youth TheatreFest, Chicago Children's Choir and many others will present interactive performances, live music, youth project showcases and more. The event is held in conjunction with the 7th annual Chicago Theatre Week, taking place February 7-17. Visit for more info on discounted tickets to more than 100 productions across Chicago.


14th Annual Chicago Food Policy Summit

Friday, February 15, 9:30am-5pm

South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Dr.

Join DCASE and Chicago Food Policy Action Council at the 14th Annual Chicago Food Policy Summit, and connect with food workers, farmers, vendors, and local leaders to discuss food policy and critical issues involving climate change, labor, food access, urban farming and the economics of food production in Chicago, Cook County and Illinois. This event is a culmination of the past year's of food justice efforts and accomplishments, including Cook County's adoption of the Good Food Purchasing Policy, and an opportunity for us to collectively imagine how we can transform food the system to support health and equity for all. The day will consist of workshops, speakers, hand-ons on activities, food demos, a marketplace of resources and vendors, and a Food Business Clinic.


Opportunities for Individual Artists


Performance Opportunities at DCASE Events

Applications Due Friday, March 1

DCASE is now accepting artist submissions for the following 2019 festivals:

The application is available at

Information on other applications.


Opportunities for Educators


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, and please note in the comment section whether you are interested in an Exhibition Exploration or Building Tour.


Opportunities for Arts Organizations and Businesses


Request For Proposals (RFP) for Social Media Advertising Agency

Proposals must be received No Later Than 4pm, Central Standard Time on Friday, February 15

The City of Chicago, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events seeks proposals from qualified firms to provide social media advertising coordinating services. For more information and download bid documents, visit


Taste of Chicago Call for Food Vendors

Application Deadline is Wednesday, February 20

The summertime tradition, Taste of Chicago is now inviting members of Chicago's culinary scene to apply as 5-day participants, 1 or 2-day pop-up participants or as food trucks at the 2019 festival in Grant Park this July 10-14. All Chicago-based restaurants, shared kitchens and food trucks that offer traditional, unique and ethnically diverse menu items are encouraged to apply. Don't miss this opportunity to reach new customers and gain marketing exposure. Guidelines and online application are available at


2019 CityArts Program Grants for Nonprofit Organizations

Applications are now open for arts organizations of all sizes.
Application deadline is February 28 at 5pm CST.

This year's CityArts program will include opportunities to apply for general operating grants across all artistic disciplines, as well as project grants in alignment with the City of Chicago's Year of Chicago Theatre. Project grants will support initiatives that have the potential to impact the Chicago theatre sector at large. All applicants are encouraged to attend an application assistance workshop. To RSVP for a workshops, view guidelines and apply, please visit


Neighborhood Opportunity Fund Grants

Application Deadline is March 5

The Neighborhood Opportunity Fund (NOF) generates revenue from downtown developments to finance cultural projects that strengthen commercial corridors on the South, Southwest and West Sides. Grants support property owners and tenants who provide cultural experiences by providing funding for storefront build-out, façade repair, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, new construction, roofing repairs, etc. Please visit for more information. Cultural organizations and creative businesses interested in hearing more about NOF grants should join us for a free workshop on January 31, 11am-noon at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St. Reserve your spot for the workshop at


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


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


 Additional Information

Follow us on:

Instagram YouTube

 I Want To