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Opportunities for Everyone

 

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

 

Designing a Better Chicago

If there was ever a time to recognize and support individuals and organizations using design for civic good, it’s now. Nominations are now open through March 12th for the 2021 Design Impact Grant program as part of our ongoing partnership initiative Designing a Better Chicago. The program provides annual project-specific grants to individuals and organizations using design or design principles to directly address pressing issues in Chicago communities. To learn more, visit www.designchicago.org.

 

Chicago Cultural Center Learning Lab Virtual Programs

Applications accepted on a rolling basis

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.

 

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.

 

Performance Opportunities at DCASE Events

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.

 

Opportunities for Educators/Instructors

 

Millennium Park Summer Workout 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 and Venues

 

2021 CityArts Program Grants

Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 3, 5pm CST

Applications are open for the 2021 CityArts Program, offering grants to nonprofit arts and culture organizations of all sizes. This year’s program includes opportunities to apply for general operating grants and project grants focused on rebuilding and recovery across all artistic disciplines. Project grants will support initiatives that have the potential to impact the Chicago arts sector at large. To learn more and apply, please visit chicagoculturalgrants.org.

 

Designing a Better Chicago

If there was ever a time to recognize and support individuals and organizations using design for civic good, it’s now. Nominations are now open through March 12th for the 2021 Design Impact Grant program as part of our ongoing partnership initiative Designing a Better Chicago. The program provides annual project-specific grants to individuals and organizations using design or design principles to directly address pressing issues in Chicago communities. To learn more, visit www.designchicago.org.

 

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.

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.

 

Opportunities for Businesses and Vendors

 

2021 Chicago City Markets Vendor Applications

Application Deadline is March 15 for Returning Vendors and March 22 for New Vendors

Be a part of the Chicago City Markets, including Chicago's longest running market on Daley Plaza, the historic Maxwell Street Market and community markets in neighborhoods across Chicago. 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. More information and the application is online at chicagocitymarkets.us.

 

Maxwell Street Market Vendor Applications

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.

The health and safety of our visitors, vendors and staff members remain our highest priority. As such, Maxwell Street Market will remain closed going into 2021 and until further notice.

 

Bid Opportunity for Rental of Items for City Festivals and Events

Bid Deadline: Wednesday, March 10, 11am

Solicitation Number: 7813, Specification Number: 457240

For more information, visit cityofchicago.org/eProcurement.

 

Bid Opportunity for Target Market Maintenance Services for City Festivals

Pre-bid Conference Call: Wednesday, February 24, 10am; Bid Deadline: Wednesday, March 17, 11am

Solicitation Number: 7847, Specification Number: 604926A

For more information, visit cityofchicago.org/eProcurement.

 

Taste of Chicago Vendor Application

If you would like to be notified when we open the application for summer 2021, please submit your information at tasteofchicago.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.

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