Overview and Guidelines
We may be physically distant but we can still be creatively connected.
While the CCC remains closed due to Covid-19
we welcome proposals from artists that engage with the public via live video.
When the newly re-designed Learning Lab re-opens,
visitors of all ages and abilities
will have an opportunity to safely delve into art and cultural experiences
with artists in a wide range of arts discipline, media and backgrounds.
In the meantime, we'll see you AT HOME!
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector and independent working artists by providing a framework to guide the City’s cultural future.
Hundreds of thousands of patrons visit the Chicago Cultural Center annually, making it one of the most popular tourism sites in Chicago. The stunning landmark building hosts free musical concerts, films, dance and theater performances, lectures and art exhibitions. In 1991, the building was established as the Chicago Cultural Center; the nation’s first and most comprehensive free municipal cultural venue.
Non-profit arts organizations and individual artists are invited to present free cultural programs that engage the public. The Meet an Artist series celebrates that sweet spot where the artist and visitor meet together in the Learning Lab. This is an opportunity to engage with a broad audience in a unique way. This year, we are especially interested in activities that align with the Year of Chicago Music. See chicago.gov/music.