Mayor Lightfoot and DCASE Announce $2.5 Million In Artist Commissions and Arts Organization Grant Opportunities.

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) today announced $2.5 million in funding opportunities for Chicago artists and arts organizations. A new “Artist Response Program,” opening January 11, will provide $750,000 to support art that respond to the recent health, economic and humanitarian crises. The program includes $500,000 to commission up to 10 ambitious public art projects and an additional $250,000 for three to five regranting partners to distribute for smaller local projects. The annual “CityArts Program” opening January 19 will also award an additional $1.7 million in grants to nonprofit arts organizations throughout Chicago.

“Our city is facing a critical moment in its history, as the COVID-19 pandemic has amplified systemic racism and disinvestment on our South and West sides and caused us to rethink and reignite our efforts to address these issues,” said Mayor Lightfoot. “This has presented us with

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