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Artist-in-Residence, Central West Center – Ariella Granados

2102 W. Ogden Ave., Chicago, IL 60612 (Parking is available at the building)

Friday, January 27, 6-8pm

Experimental Graphic Score Performance Screening

A one hour DJ set supports the mingling vibe before a video screening of the Experimental Graphic Score Performance and then an audience Q&A. CART provided.

Visit the Artist-in-Residence webpage for a complete list of upcoming programs.


Public Art Commission – Request For Qualifications (RFQ)

Artist Information Session – Virtual

Wednesday, February 1, 2023 6pm Central Time (US and Canada)

Email for publicart@cityofchicago.org for link


CTA State and Lake Station Public Art Commission 
Deadline to Submit: Sunday, March 5 at 11:59pm, CST

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) invite professional artists and artist teams with a demonstrated history of completing complex, permanent, outdoor public art projects to submit their qualifications for a $750,000 public art commission for the new CTA State and Lake Station to be built on the Loop elevated tracks at the intersection of State and Lake Street in downtown Chicago. Construction is scheduled to begin in Summer 2023. Download the RFQ


“We Shall Rise” Mother Jones Monument Public Art Commission 
Deadline to Submit: Sunday, March 26 at 11:59pm, CST

The Chicago Departments of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and Water Management (DWM) in partnership with the Mother Jones Heritage Project (MJHP) invite professional artists and artist teams with a demonstrated history of completing major permanent outdoor public art projects to submit their qualifications for a $250,000 commission remembering Mother Jones and her continuing legacy to be placed in Jane Byrne Park at the Historic Water Tower, 806 N. Michigan Avenue. Download the RFQ


Apply to the recently announced Climate Infrastructure Funds

As part of the Department of Planning and Development’s ongoing efforts under the Chicago Recovery Plan, the Climate Infrastructure Fund provides grants from $50,000 to $250,000 to nonprofit organizations and small businesses for climate-related capital projects in three priority areas: energy efficiency projects; electric vehicles and EV charging; and green infrastructure. Attend the upcoming webinar on Thursday, February 2, 2023, 12-1pm, to learn more. Register via Zoom.

Applications must be submitted via the Chicago Department of Planning and Development universal application by February 24, 2023


Chicago Cultural Center Audience + Engagement Project

The Practice, a group of socially engaged artists, researchers, and educators, is working with DCASE to reimagine how the Chicago Cultural Center (CCC) can serve as a hub for artistic innovation and an active gathering place for creatives and audiences.

If you want to participate or learn more, you can visit the Chicago Cultural Center and share your thoughts through an interactive wall installation in the Welcome Center, take a survey or participate in interviews.

Through February 27 you may take this survey yourself and pass it on to anyone you consider to be involved in making or enjoying art and culture in Chicago.


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):


Become a City Markets Vendor

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 City Markets. Download the application at ChicagoCityMarkets.us.


P.A.R.T.Y. (Public Art Reimagining Tour with You)

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) has launched an initiative to develop a Public Art Vision Plan for each INVEST South/West neighborhood. Each plan will outline public art themes, types, and locations unique to each neighborhood, contributing to its revitalization.

To get involved and stay up to speed, please visit: www.iswpublicart.org.


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 CULTURE SNAPS for 2022

Check out the current CULTURE SNAPS in the Chicago Cultural Center's Welcome Center and then nominate your favorite neighborhood cultural asset to be a 2022 SNAP!

CULTURE SNAPS features people, places and things nominated and recognized for a cultural contribution to their neighborhood’s vitality. CULTURE SNAPS celebrates cultural assets in Chicago’s varied and vibrant 77 community areas. SNAPS 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, the local arts supporter who your community relies upon, +++. Know a person, place or thing in your neighborhood that deserves a SNAP? Nominate now https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QVZ87LV.


Culture In My Neighborhood

Announced as part of the Arts77 recovery and reopening plan, Culture In My Neighborhood is a unique partnership between the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), Chicago Park District, and Chicago Public Library to advance Mayor Lightfoot’s vision for equitable access to the arts in all of Chicago’s 77 community areas. This $40 million collaborative initiative supports cultural programming at the Chicago Cultural Center, 18 Chicago Park District neighborhood cultural centers, and the Chicago Public Library regional libraries — through grants and commission opportunities for artists and organizations. Visit the DCASE, Park District, and Library websites to find free arts activities near you. Learn more at CultureInMyNeighborhood.org and join the conversation on social media using #CultureInMyNeighborhood.


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.


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.




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).