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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

 

Arts77 Info and Drop-In Sessions

Info Sessions: Thursday, May 13, 11am-12pm; May 20, 3:30-4:30pm

Drop-In Sessions: Monday, May 17, 3-4pm

“Arts77” is a citywide arts recovery and reopening plan for all of Chicago’s 77 community areas, representing an initial investment of over $60 million from the Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, the Chicago Parks District, other city agencies and private funding to support local artists and organizations. Join us for one of our virtual Info or Drop-In Sessions to learn more about Arts77 and its various initiatives, programs and opportunities. Registration is required and space is limited. For more information, visit chicago.gov/arts77.

 

Neighborhood Access Program

Submissions are due Friday, May 21, 5pm CST

DCASE is currently accepting Idea Submissions for its new Neighborhood Access Program. The goal of this program is to support the cultural vitality of every Chicago neighborhood via grant programs and partnerships designed to be responsive to the complex needs of individual communities. Through its pilot year, this program will offer direct grants for all types of community-based arts and culture activities. Project ideas may be submitted at ChicagoCulturalGrants.org.

 

Public Art, Light and Infrastructure Prequalified List

Request for Qualifications

Application Deadline: Friday, June 18 at 11:59pm, CDT

The Chicago Public Art Program, a division of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, in collaboration with the Department of Planning and Development and the Department of Transportation, invite the submission of qualifications to be included in a pre-qualified list for the development of future lighting-based public art projects in the City of Chicago. Learn more and apply, artist.callforentry.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.

 

Opportunities for Arts Organizations

 

Arts77 Info and Drop-In Sessions

Info Sessions: Thursday, May 13, 11am-12pm; May 20, 3:30-4:30pm

Drop-In Sessions: Monday, May 17, 3-4pm

“Arts77” is a citywide arts recovery and reopening plan for all of Chicago’s 77 community areas, representing an initial investment of over $60 million from the Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, the Chicago Parks District, other city agencies and private funding to support local artists and organizations. Join us for one of our virtual Info or Drop-In Sessions to learn more about Arts77 and its various initiatives, programs and opportunities. Registration is required and space is limited. For more information, visit chicago.gov/arts77.

 

Neighborhood Access Program

Submissions are due Friday, May 21, 5pm CST

DCASE is currently accepting Idea Submissions for its new Neighborhood Access Program. The goal of this program is to support the cultural vitality of every Chicago neighborhood via grant programs and partnerships designed to be responsive to the complex needs of individual communities. Through its pilot year, this program will offer direct grants for all types of community-based arts and culture activities. Project ideas may be submitted at ChicagoCulturalGrants.org.

 

Chicago Presents Funding Program

As part of the Arts 77 recovery plan, DCASE is launching Chicago Presents - a new funding program to support cultural presenters activate cultural programs that comply with public health guidelines in neighborhoods throughout Chicago in Summer 2021. Emerging and established cultural presenters are invited to submit proposals for free live, in-person concerts and events, spanning across all genre’s music, performance and dance that activate Chicago’s streets, plazas and parks. Additionally, presenters may select up to two solo musicians and/or bands from the Chicago Band Roster to play at their event. For more information, visit chicago.gov/music.

 

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

 

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. The application is closed for Daley Plaza and Division Street City Markets, but there are still opportunities at other market locations. More info 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.