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Chicago in Tune

Music In The Key Of ChicagoChicago In Tune (August 19 – September 19) is a new citywide festival celebrating music in the key of Chicago — during the 2021 Year of Chicago Music. This month of music will bring iconic neighborhood venues, presenting organizations and musicians from across the city together to celebrate all music genres and forms — with both large and small, free and ticketed events at clubs, concert halls and beyond. Venues, organizations and artists should please submit Chicago In Tune events by visiting Do312.com/ChicagoInTune.


Opportunities for Everyone


We Will Chicago Artist-led Community Engagement: Virtual Kick-off Events

July 19-24

All events are free and open to the public, registration is not required. American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters will be provided.

As the lead community engagement artists for We Will Chicago, artist/organizer teams from Honey Pot Performance are holding virtual events organized around the seven pillars of We Will Chicago. Members of the public are invited to join these virtual kick-off events to meet the artists, learn about Chicago's citywide plan, and share their thoughts on the project pillars.

For information on all related event dates, times and Zoom links, visit https://wewillchicago.com/calendar


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 Individual Artists


Whitney Young Branch Library Percent for Art Commission

Request for Qualifications

Application Deadline: Sunday, August 8 at 11:59pm CDT

The City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), working with Chicago Public Library (CPL), Alderman Roderick Sawyer and the Whitney Young Library Public Art Advisory Committee (WYLPAAC) invites artists and artist teams to submit their qualifications for a public art commission in the outdoor courtyard of the Whitney Young Branch Library at 415 E. 79th Street.

This public art commission will create an artwork that embraces the rich civil rights and entrepreneurial heritage of the communities served by the library. Artists are encouraged to look at the history of Chatham, an important neighborhood for African-American educators, professionals, and musicians, and civil rights activism in Chicago. The artwork should be representational and celebrate the everyday leaders who have a connection to the library and local community. Successful public art proposals will be sensitive to the building, the neighborhood and the residents who use the library. Learn more and apply, chicago.gov/dcase.


Legler Regional Library Artist-in-Residence Program

Request for Qualifications

Application Deadline: Sunday, August 15, 2021 at 5:00pm CDT
Information Sessions: Online - Tuesday, July 20, 10:00am CDT; In-Person - Thursday, July 22, 12:00pm CDT

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), in partnership with the Chicago Public Library (CPL), seeks artists to participate in the inaugural Legler Regional Library Artist-in-Residence Program. During a two-year residency, an artist will be given studio space at the library to develop public art projects and art programs that utilize the artist’s unique talents to promote greater connectivity between the library, its services, and the needs and aspirations of the local West Garfield Park community. Learn more and apply, chicago.gov/dcase.


Call for submission "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. Special focus on work that aligns with youth and/or the Year of Chicago Music.

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 process application and process, visit chicago.gov/muralregistry.


Opportunities for Arts Organizations


Art on theMART

Request for Qualifications

Application Deadline: Monday, August 9, 9:00am CDT

Art on theMART is seeking Chicago-based artists and companies who have robust practices in visual art and dance to create an original moving-image artwork and accompanying audio to be projected on Art on theMART. The projection(s) will be a part of Art on theMART’s 2022 season celebrating Chicago’s vibrant dance community, in partnership with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. This commission provides a unique opportunity to honor Chicago’s dance history, present, and future with an inventive and experimental approach. Finalists will be invited to submit a full proposal that includes a video sample and commissioned artists or artist collaborations will be supported with a budget to provide final materials to be shown on the façade of theMART.

Special thank you to the support from See Chicago Dance and the Chicago Dancemakers Forum. For more information on qualifications, applications, design criteria and more, please visit: artonthemart.com/submissions.


Chicago Youth Music Exchange Applications Now Open

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.


Chicago Cultural Center ArtsSpace Program

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.


Opportunities for Businesses and Vendors


Vaccine Community Mobilization Grants

Application Deadline: Monday, July 26, 5:00pm
Reaching unvaccinated populations in Chicagoland will take the expertise of organizations that work in those communities every day. That’s why we’ve announced at least $1,000,000 in grant funds to support ongoing community mobilization efforts around the COVID-19 vaccine, administered by the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago.

The Chicagoland Vaccine Partnership, staffed by Partners In Health, is accepting grant proposals from organizations that demonstrate deep community relationships in the geographic areas most impacted by COVID-19. We encourage organizations to submit creative proposals about how they can best reach their communities to improve both vaccination rates and access to public health.

Individual organizations can apply for up to $25,000 in grant funding, and multiple collaborating organizations can apply for up to $75,000. Grants for individual organizations are designed to support organizations with annual operating budgets up to $500,000. For more information and to apply, visit https://chicagolandvp.org/vaccine-outreach-grants/


Chicago City Markets Vendor Application

Farmers, food entrepreneurs and artisans are invited to submit applications to sell their produce and locally-sourced and -made food products and goods for the 2021 Market Season at neighborhood markets. Opportunities are still available at our neighborhood markets and Maxwell Street Market. More info at ChicagoCityMarkets.us and MaxwellStreetMarket.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.