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

 

ChicagoMade 2019 Music A&R Auditions

Deadline for Submissions: Friday, September 20

DCASE invites Chicagoland-based artists and bands, age 14 and up, to apply for the 2019 ChicagoMade A&R Auditions, taking place in downtown Chicago on Saturday, October 26, 2019. A limited number of artists 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 and to apply, visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/chicagomade.

 

2020/2021 Chicago Public Art Prequalified List

Request for Qualifications

Deadline for Submissions: Monday, October 7, 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.

 

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 Arts Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave.

(Application to register for October 19th convening to open on September 17th; acceptance confirmed by October 4th)

DCASE is pleased to announce a series of three free events to explore public art and its relationships to Chicago communities. 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. Who chooses the works and does the current process remain relevant as the location of an expanding social and civic-minded group of practices in Chicago now coexists alongside experimental, collaborative, commissioned and traditional processes. In short: how do we work better in neighborhoods? For more information, visit cityofchicago.org/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 for Submissions: Monday, October 7, 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

 

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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