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Serve as a Grant Panelist

The Cultural Grants team seeks Chicago-area individuals to serve as grant application reviewers. Candidates must have arts and culture experience and be available for approximately 40 total hours over a period of six weeks. There is compensation for service. To apply, please go to: www.surveymonkey.com/r/655BL7Z.


Become a Millennium Park Art Market Vendor

Applications accepted through Friday, October 7

Apply Online

The Millennium Park Art Market returns from November 18 – November 20! In conjunction with the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, the North Promenade Tent in Millennium Park will be transformed into a tasteful and cozy marketplace for visitors to start their holiday shopping. Artisans and artists are invited to apply to sell their paintings, prints, drawing, jewelry, ceramics, sculptures, fashion accessories and more. Apply online and complete application by Friday, October 7th!


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.


Share your goals for Arts & Culture with We Will Chicago

Now through November

Citywide – Pop-ups + Online

What does it look like to chart a better future for all Chicagoans in every neighborhood? It starts with a plan. A draft of We Will Chicago – the first citywide municipal plan since 1966 – is now available online. Completed after months of community-driven input, We Will's next phase is about connecting with you to get your feedback, especially around the goals for Arts & Culture. Join the We Will team at a pop-up event this summer or share your thoughts online!


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.


Celebrate the 2022 #YearofChicagoDance

In deep partnership with the local dance community, Mayor Lightfoot and DCASE have designated 2022 as the Year of Chicago Dance. This citywide, year-long focus on dance is the first of its kind in the U.S. The collaborative initiative activates Chicago’s dance industry to address critical issues facing dancers and the field of dance including funding, space and capacity building — and to consider the sustainability of this work. The Year of Chicago Dance features dance performances, social dancing and special events for the public in dozens of venues throughout the city. Partners include dance service organizations Chicago Black Dance Legacy Project, Chicago Dancemakers Forum and See Chicago Dance — as well as Art on theMART, Night Out in the Parks at the Chicago Park District and many other presenters and funders. For updates throughout the year, visit Chicago.gov/DCASE and YearofChicagoDance.com and join the conversation on social media using #YearofChicagoDance.


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.


Chicago Monuments Project

Monuments and memorials have become a focal point for conversation, protest and activism in the city of Chicago. In response, the City has created a committee to review the city’s collection of monuments and recommend solutions. The Chicago Monuments Project intends to grapple with the often unacknowledged – or forgotten – history associated with the City’s various municipal art collections and provides a vehicle to address the hard truths of Chicago’s racial history, confront the ways in which that history has and has not been memorialized and develop a framework for marking public space that elevates new ways to memorialize Chicago’s true and complete history. To learn more and share your thoughts, please visit www.ChicagoMonuments.org – and join the conversation on social media using #ChicagoMonuments.


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.


Professional Development and Capacity Building


Chicago Made: Professional Development Series

The Chicago Made Professional Development Series provides free workshops, panels and unique showcasing opportunities for Chicago’s emerging creative community. This annual program is directly connected to many of the City’s most visible festivals and special events. Access the resources you’ll need to get started and keep going as part of Chicago’s TV + Film, Music and other creative industries. For more information visit ChicagoMade.us.


Chicago Made Auditions Showcase in collaboration with Next Showcase USA

Will be holding auditions for the October Chicago Made Showcase

Music Garage, 345 N. Loomis, Chicago, IL

Auditions will be held, Saturday, September 24, 12-6pm

Register for FREE at Nextshowcaseusa.com; Open to all genres of music, ages 16+

For more information call 312.618.3507.