Professional Development Opportunities for Artists and Arts Organizations

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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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Grants

 

2020 Individual Artists Program Grants

Application Opens: Tuesday, October 22

DCASE is pleased to announce the timeline for the 2020 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 22, 2019. The application deadline is December 5, 2019 at 5pm CST. All applicants are encouraged to attend an Application Assistance Workshop to learn about important updates to this year's program. For eligibility requirements, grant calendar, and to RSVP for workshops please visit chicagoculturalgrants.org.

 

Opportunities for Individual Artists

 

2020/2021 Chicago Public Art Prequalified List

Request for Qualifications

(Deadline Extended) Deadline for Submissions: Monday, October 14, 11:59pm

Artists, teams and nonprofits prequalified through previous calls must apply to this RFQ to be considered for prequalification in 2020 and 2021.

DCASE and the Chicago Public Art Program invite Chicago-based professional artists, professional artist teams and nonprofit arts organizations to submit qualifications for potential inclusion in the 2020/2021 Chicago Public Art Prequalified List.

Download Request for Qualifications (RFQ)  l  Application is available via CaFÉ

 

2020 Individual Artists Program Grants

Application Opens: Tuesday, October 22

DCASE is pleased to announce the timeline for the 2020 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 22, 2019. The application deadline is December 5, 2019 at 5pm CST. All applicants are encouraged to attend an Application Assistance Workshop to learn about important updates to this year's program. For eligibility requirements, grant calendar, and to RSVP for workshops please visit chicagoculturalgrants.org.

 

Gold Star Families Memorial and Park, Canine and Equine Plaza

Request for Qualifications

Deadline for Submissions: Monday, November 11

The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation is seeking an artist or artist team to create wall-mounted high relief sculptures for the Gold Star Families Memorial and Park, Canine and Equine Plaza addition. For more information and how to apply, visit chicago.gov/dcase.

 

New City of Chicago Mural Registry

Applications accepted on a rolling basis

DCASE recently launched the new 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.

 

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.

 

Industry Events

 

Public Art Professional Development Forums: Learning in Public

Mondays, October 7 & 14, 68pm

Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.

Saturday, October 19, 9:30am3pm

Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave.

Learning in Public is a series of three free events exploring public art and its relationships to Chicago communities, organized by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). To continue the important, collective exchanges in vision, policy and the future for public art in Chicago during 2017 and 2018, individuals from across the city were invited to contribute to the Chicago Public Art Plan. One of the fundamental questions raised was about the role of communities and how artists work in neighborhoods as insiders, outsiders and outliers. In short: how can public art work better in neighborhoods? For more information and to register, visit chicago.gov/dcase.

 

Master Class in Production Design with Oscar-winner Hannah Beachler

Saturday, October 19, 4pm

Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 78 E. Washington St.

Hannah Beachler made history this year as the first African American to win the production design Oscar for her visionary work on Marvel’s blockbuster Black Panther. Previous credits include Oscar-winner Moonlight, Creed, Fruitvale Station, and Beyoncé’s Lemonade. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit chicago.gov/dcase.

 

The Pitch

Sunday, October 20, 1:30pm

Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Park Room, 78 E. Washington St.

A curated selection of filmmakers with new narrative projects in active development will take part in a competitive pitch session. The winning pitch, selected by a jury of noted film experts, will receive an award of in-kind services from Chicago Production Facilities, including Keslow Camera, Stage18, Chicago Media Angels, and the Tribeca Film Institute, worth over $20,000. For more information, visit chicago.gov/dcase.

 

ChicagoMade 2019 Music A&R Auditions

Saturday, October 26, 12–4pm

Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 78 E. Washington St.

Chicagoland-based artists and bands, age 14 and up, who have applied for the 2019 ChicagoMade A&R Auditions will be chosen to showcase their work live in front of A&R (Artist & Repertoire) executives from major and independent record labels to be considered for possible opportunities. For more information, visit chicago.gov/dcase.

 

Opportunities for Educators/Instructors

 

Call for Millennium Park Summer Workout Instructors

If you are interested in teaching a fitness class in the world renowned Millennium Park during our 2020 Millennium Park Summer Workouts, please apply online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/mpworkouts and we will reach out to you when we open up for submissions.

 

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 surveymonkey.com/r/CCCtours, and please note in the comment section whether you are interested in an Exhibition Exploration or Building Tour.

 

Chicago Architecture Biennial Guided Tours for School Groups

Tuesdays–Fridays, October 1–December 20
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.

CAB will offer 90-minute guided tours of the Biennial, Tuesday through Friday, between October 1 and December 20 for school groups with students in grades 5-12. Free buses will be provided to qualifying schools on a first come first serve basis. The Biennial will also provide a welcome and guidebook to teachers wishing to lead a self-guided tour of the Biennial. Field trip sign up will begin in mid-august at chicagoarchitecturebiennial.org/learn. If you would like to receive a notification when field trip sign up has opened, please email education@chicagoarchitecturebiennial.org.

 

Opportunities for Arts Organizations and Businesses

 

2020/2021 Chicago Public Art Prequalified List

Request for Qualifications

(Deadline Extended) Deadline for Submissions: Monday, October 14, 11:59pm

Artists, teams and nonprofits prequalified through previous calls must apply to this RFQ to be considered for prequalification in 2020 and 2021.

DCASE and the Chicago Public Art Program invite Chicago-based professional artists, professional artist teams and nonprofit arts organizations to submit qualifications for potential inclusion in the 2020/2021 Chicago Public Art Prequalified List.

Download Request for Qualifications (RFQ)  l  Application is available via CaFÉ

 

Retail Concession Services for the Chicago Cultural Center

Request for Proposals

Proposals must be received No Later Than 4pm, Central Standard Time on Friday, November 25

DCASE invites the submission of proposals to operate retail concession services for the Chicago Cultural Center. The Shop will primarily feature original artwork and handmade decorative items made by local artists through a consignment business model. For more information and the application, visit chicago.gov/dcase.

 

Community Market Vendor Application

City Markets is still looking for vendors at markets in the neighborhoods! For more information and the application, visit chicagocitymarkets.us.

 

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 chicagoculturalgrants.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.

 

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