Professional Development Opportunities for Artists and Arts Organizations

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Job & Student Internship Opportunities


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 positions.

To apply, visit and search for the job number before the application end date.
  • Student Intern, Programming (Job Number: 0404-DCASE-2019-5, ends 3/20/19) Number of openings: 2
  • Sponsorship Coordinator, Development (Job Number: 320538, ends 3/21/19) Number of openings: 1
  • Chief Revenue Analyst (Job Number: 320536, ends 3/21/19) Number of openings: 1
  • Student Intern, Facilities (Job Number: 0404-DCASE-2019-3, ends 3/22/19) Number of openings: 2
  • Student Intern, Executive Administration (Job Number: 0404-DCASE-2019-6, ends 3/22/19) Number of openings: 2
  • Student Intern, External Events (Job Number: 0404-DCASE-2019-7, ends 3/26/19) Number of openings: 1
  • Student Intern, External Events-Operations (Job Number: 0404-DCASE-2019-7A, ends 3/26/19) Number of openings: 1

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 Events


Panel Discussion: The Avenue to Success in Advertising

Tuesday, April 9, 5:30-7pm

Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 2nd Floor North

Free Admission

Join advertising and music industry professionals for a discussion on the different ways for songwriters, composers, artist reps, publishers and labels can break into and be successful in the wild world of music in advertising. For more information, visit


Opportunities for Individual Artists


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 Playwriting Series

Application deadline is Monday, March 25 at 5pm CST

As part of the Year of Chicago Theatre, DCASE and Definition Theatre Company are thrilled to announce a new Introduction to Playwriting program for emerging theatre creatives. Lead instructors Marsha Estell and Isaac Gomez will teach the fundamentals of writing plays focusing on Principles of Dramatic Structure, world building, and character development with the completion of a 10-minute play as the final project for this course.

This seven week program will take place at the Green Line Performing Arts Center starting on Saturday, April 6, 2019. The class will meet from 1-4pm for seven consecutive Saturdays with the final presentation on Saturday, May 18, 2019.

There are no prerequisites to apply, though space is limited. Selected applicants will be required to attend every course.

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ArtsSpace Program - Michigan Avenue Galleries

Application deadline is Friday, May 31 at 5pm CST

Curators and individual artists are invited to apply to curate exhibitions of work by Chicago area artists in the galleries on the first floor of the Chicago Cultural Center. For more information including opportunities to attend application assistance workshops, visit


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


Chicago City Market Vendor Application

Application Deadline is Monday, March 11, for previous vendors and Sunday, March 31, for new vendors

Be a part of Chicago City Markets, including Chicago’s longest running farmers market on Daley Plaza, the historic Maxwell Street Market and community markets in neighborhoods across Chicago.

Farmers, food entrepreneurs and artisans are invited to to submit applications to sell their produce and locally-sourced and -made food products and goods for the 2019 Market Season. For more information and the application, visit


2019 Chicago Jazz Festival Citywide Programs Application

Application deadline is Friday, March 22, at 5pm CST

As part of the 41st Annual Chicago Jazz Festival in 2019, local music venues and jazz-presenting organizations are invited to apply to DCASE for support to offer free, public programs during August 23-28, 2019. The goal is to encourage collaboration within the Jazz community to build excitement and promote Chicago as a destination for Jazz. The more information, including program guidelines and application, visit


Millennium Park Theatre Series Call

Application deadline is Monday, April 1 at 5pm CST

As part of the 2019 Year of Chicago Theatre, this special designation DCASE is seeking proposals from Chicago's diverse theatre and performance community - including street theatre, stage combat, musical performance, improv and immersive theatre - to present original works at Millennium Park. Companies will have the opportunity to develop site- -specific theatre performances that engage the unique architecture, design, public art and Cloud Gate Plaza as the ultimate stage. Between July--October 2019, DCASE will commission up to 12 theatre companies to complete a one week residency in Millennium Park and produce a minimum of three performances that are free and open to the public. Please visit for application information.

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Taste of Chicago Request for Proposals (RFP)

Proposals must be received on Wednesday, April 3 at 4pm CST

The City of Chicago, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events seeks proposals from qualified firms to provide online ticket sales and related services for Taste of Chicago.

For more information and the bid documents, visit


Year of Chicago Theatre Microgrant Program

Application deadline is Friday, April 5 at 5pm CST

As part of the 2019 Year of Chicago Theatre, organizations are invited to apply for microgrants to support projects which increase diversity and access in Chicago's theatre sector, with a focus on Chicago's South and West sides. Funded projects might include productions, performances or initiatives taking place in underrepresented neighborhoods, devising theatrical works in collaboration with Chicago residents, and building the capacity of culturally specific organizations. Microgrants will range in size from $500 - $5,000. For more information, including guidelines and eligibility criteria, please visit


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


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