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Opportunities for Individual Artists

 

Chicago Band Roster Grant Program Application

Application deadline for the first round of funding: Wednesday, June 15, 2022
Application deadline for the second round of funding: Monday, July 25, 2022

The Chicago Band Roster Grant program is a financial resource for producers, venues, and organizations looking to present free high-quality music programs in their neighborhoods. Event organizers and cultural presenters may submit requests for musicians to perform at free, live, in-person, indoor and outdoor concerts and events. Applications will be reviewed, and DCASE will provide funding for Chicago Band Roster musicians to play at select neighborhood events. More information about the program and to apply online.

 

Together We Heal Creative Place Program

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at 5pm CST
Virtual Info Sessions: Wednesday, June 22 at 5pm: Register Online  /  Thursday, July 7 at 12pm: Register Online

As part of the pathway toward an equitable and sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Together We Heal Creative Place Program will invest in projects that strengthen neighborhood environments. Projects should activate public spaces; promote health and safety; and encourage movement, recreation, dialogue, and connection. The program encourages existing and new projects that highlight a community’s history, culture and assets, leveraging the creative potential present in communities, and that honors the work already taking place. More information about the program and to apply online.

 

Request For Qualifications (RFQ) for MOPD Field Office Artist-in-Residence Program

Deadline to Apply: Thursday, July 21, 2022 at 5pm, CDT

Information Session: Friday, July 15 from 10-11am on Zoom
(Please email any access needs to dcase@cityofchicago.org)

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), in partnership with the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) seeks an artist/arts organization to participate in the inaugural Field Office Artist-in-Residence Program (AIR Program). More Information and Download the RFQ.

 

Chicago Made

Chicago’s local creatives, entrepreneurs and artisans make our city the artistic and economic hub that it is. Chicago’s TV and Film, Music and other creative industries jump-start neighborhood growth, drive cultural identities and lead ingenuity felt worldwide. We’re here to support Chicago’s makers and dreamers by connecting them to the resources they need to get started and keep going. Learn more at ChicagoMade.us.

 

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.

 

Opportunities for Everyone

 

Chicago Arts Census

Open until Monday, June 20, 2022

Data is an imperfect but powerful tool for change. Historically, surveys have purposefully excluded and undermined experiences, especially for marginalized communities. The Chicago Arts Census aims for a data set representing the breadth of Chicago's arts community. Your experiences and voices matter to this work. DCASE is amplifying the Chicago Arts Census to ensure our creative community gets counted.

The Census is open until June 20th, read more information about the Census, follow the link to take the survey, and join the thousand other art workers advocating for change.

 

Jumping Jack Program Applications Now Open

Each year, the Jumping Jack delights children across Chicago. This inflatable playground, provided by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, is available for FREE and runs from Saturday, May 28 through Sunday, September 4, 2022.

The Jumping Jack is limited to Residential Block Parties within the city limits of Chicago. More information and to apply online.

 

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.

 

Opportunities for Arts Organizations and Creative Businesses

 

Together We Heal Creative Place Program

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at 5pm CST
Virtual Info Sessions: Wednesday, June 22 at 5pm: Register Online  /  Thursday, July 7 at 12pm: Register Online

As part of the pathway toward an equitable and sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Together We Heal Creative Place Program will invest in projects that strengthen neighborhood environments. Projects should activate public spaces; promote health and safety; and encourage movement, recreation, dialogue, and connection. The program encourages existing and new projects that highlight a community’s history, culture and assets, leveraging the creative potential present in communities, and that honors the work already taking place. More information about the program and to apply online.

 

Request For Qualifications (RFQ) for MOPD Field Office Artist-in-Residence Program

Deadline to Apply: Thursday, July 21, 2022 at 5pm, CDT

Information Session: Friday, July 15 from 10-11:00am on Zoom
(Please email any access needs to dcase@cityofchicago.org)

More Information and Download the RFQ

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), in partnership with the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) seeks an artist/arts organization to participate in the inaugural Field Office Artist-in-Residence Program (AIR Program).

 

Opportunities for Businesses and Vendors

 

Chicago City Markets Application

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.

 

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.