Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events


Calls For Arts Organizations & Creative Businesses 


Calls For Year of Public Art Partner Programs
Application Deadline is April 28
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and DCASE have designated 2017 the "Year of Public Art," which includes a collaborative marketing campaign to promote confirmed public art related events, programs and exhibitions that are happening in 2017. Partner events will be listed on the Year of Public art webpage, and a select number of activities will be highlighted in our July- December brochure and our bi-monthly newsletter. Submit your event information along with a high resolution image with the form posted on

Call for Public Art Youth Corps Worksites
Application Deadline is May 15
Is your organization producing a public art project, program or exhibition the summer in honor of the Year of Public Art. Could you use some extra help to get the job done? Apply to host aPublic Art Youth Corps intern through Mayor Emanuel's One Summer Chicago Program. Youth Interns may fulfill a variety of duties including administrative support tasks as well as work directly with artists fabricating and installing artwork. If interested, please visit and click the companies/organizations icon.


Professional Development Events

ChicagoMade Music Collective
May 30, 6:30-8:30pm at Room 43, 1039-1043 E. 43rd St.

Join local music industry professionals and working musicians for FREE series of networking events that combine a panel discussion on an industry topic and a showcase performance by several local artists. For this panel in collaboration with 360 Nation, W.D. Floyd will lead a conversation on "The State of the Music Industry in the Inner City." Panelists include Kevin Ross, the CEO of Twoguard Media Group; emcee and radio personality Teefa; and Ephraim M. Martin, founder of the Chicago Music Awards, the International Reggae and World Music Awards and the International Festival of Life.