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Opportunities for Everyone
Select dates, October 12 - November 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 chicago.gov/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 chicago.gov/dcase.
Opportunities for Individual Artists
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.
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 chicago.gov/muralregistry.
For consideration for performance opportunities at events organized by DCASE, please submit information at www.surveymonkey.com/r/3RFHTH7. Note, due to the volume of submissions, we are unable to respond to each artist.
Application Opens October 26, 2020
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 and grant calendar, please visit chicagoculturalgrants.org.
Opportunities for Educators/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 www.surveymonkey.com/r/MPSW2021.
Opportunities for Arts Organizations
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 bit.ly/YOCMExchange.
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 chicagoculturalgrants.org.
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.
2020 Application is now closed, 2021 Application is expected to open in Fall 2020
The CityArts Program aims encourages the attainment of artistic excellence and financial stability and incentivizes innovation related to citywide priorities. Nonprofits of all sizes and across all artistic disciplines can apply for general operating grants. Additional projects grants are considered each year in alignment with DCASE’s annual arts theme (e.g. Year of Chicago Theatre, Year of Chicago Music, etc.). Eligibility criteria and information is available at chicagoculturalgrants.org.
Opportunities for Businesses and Vendors
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 chicagocitymarkets.us.
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 maxwellstreetmarket.us.
Please note, in response to COVID-19, the Maxwell Street Market remains closed through September 6, 2020.
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 tasteofchicago.us.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.