Tuesday, February 24, 2015

NEA- Challenge America Grants


National Endowment for the Arts /Arts Programs for the Underserved Funded:


The Challenge America grant program primarily offers support to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Through the Challenge America Fast-Track grants program, NEA will award fixed grants of $10,000 to projects designed to extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations. A minimum $10,000 match from an outside funder is required.


Please note that deadline is Thursday, April 16, 2015.

DCASE Opportunities
Lake FX Chicago 2015 Presented by Google Lake FX Summit + Expo ● April 16-19
This April 16-19, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is launching the inaugural Lake FX Summit + Expo presented by Google. The region's largest FREE conference for artists, creative professionals and entrepreneurs builds on the success of three popular past DCASE events - the Creative Chicago Expo, the Chicago Music Summit and the Chicago Film and Media Summit - for four days of career development and inspiration.With topic tracks related to the music, film, fashion, culinary and arts industries, the summit will present keynote addresses, professional development panels and networking opportunities, as well as an Expo resource fair and a marketplace open to local artisans. Events will take place at the Chicago Cultural Center and other venues within a walkable campus in Chicago's "Loop," with evening showcases held throughout the city's neighborhoods. Visit LakeFXChicago.org for more information.
Applications for the Lake FX Marketplace by Dose Market are currently being accepted through March 15 at dose.formstack.com/forms/orbitcc2015.
DCASE Theater and Dance (Tuta - Anyway Cabaret pictured)
Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Theater and Dance season at the Storefront Theater, Jay Pritzker Pavilion Stage in Millennium Park, Chicago Cultural Center Dance Studio and other locations. Nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organizations staging world premiere works of theater, dance or performance are encouraged to apply before March 16. For more information and requirements, visit  cityofchicago.org/dcase.
Taste of Chicago Food Vendor Applications
Taste of Chicago Food Vendor Applications
Deadline March 16, 5pm
The world's largest food festival is turning 35 this summer, and DCASE is looking for food vendors that represent the wide spectrum and diversity of Chicago's food scene. Applications for Taste of Chicago Five Day Vendors, Pop-Up Vendors and Food Truck Vendors are now being accepted through March 16 for the July 8-12 event. Visit tasteofchicago.us for guidelines and applications.
Chicago Gospel Music Festival Art Fair & Marketplace
Chicago Gospel Music Festival Art Fair & Marketplace Applications
Deadline March 20, 5pm
The 30th Chicago Gospel Music Festival in Millennium Park this May 29-31 presents two stages of world-renowned Gospel entertainers in the city where gospel music originated. Applications are now being accepted for the Art Fair & Marketplace that takes place throughout the festival weekend. Visit cityofchicago.org/dcase for guidelines and application.
Student Internships
Student Internships 
DCASE will be posting several paid and unpaid internship opportunities for college students in the near future. Please keep an eye on the City of Chicago's website at www.cityofchicago.org/careers to apply for specific DCASE internships and to apply to the general pool of City of Chicago internships.
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Tuesday, February 10, 2015


Arts Infusion Initiative

February 17, 2015

Knowledge Share


Understanding Youth Trauma


Dr. Bradley Stolbach PhD.


Better Boys Foundation

1512 S. Pulaski





9:30am – 10:00am                              Breakfast/ meet and greet


10:00am - 10:15am                            Introductions and announcements


10:15am – 12:00pm                            Trauma presentation


12:00pm – 12:30pm                            Lunch - Provided by Native Foods               


12:35pm – 2:00pm                              Discussion                              

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Jan 31st: Film Track @ Cutters, Music Track @ Metro, Winter Block Party 
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Behind the Scenes

of Commercial Production & Freelancing @ Cutters Studios


Jan 31st
12pm- 3:30pm
515 N. State Ave

This film track workshop will give participants the rare opportunity to peek behind the curtain of one of the top post - production companies in the world, Cutters Studios and see how i production, editorial, special effects staff and more work together to create the best product possible.

Participants will also have the unique opportunity to work with Film Track Mentors Kwame Amouku, J'mme Love and Sandy Gordon on how they can develop their personal and professional business plan and become a successful entrepreneur. 




On the Set Film Track WS

Cinespace Studios 
On the Set of EMPIRE
Fox's hit new show! 


FEB. 28th 

Careers in Sound:

A Panel Discussion on Careers Behind the Boards of the Music Industry

Jan 31st 

The Metro
3730 N. Clark St. 


This music track workshop will have a panel of folks from various careers behind the scenes of the music industry. This workshop will take place in conjunction with The Winter Block Party--a day of film, music videos, B-boy/B-girl dance battle, a poetry/storytelling slam, Vocalo's DJ Collective and a Hip-Hop Marketplace.

The LTAB2015 Mixtape will drop at The Winter Block Party during the day.

The 6th Annual Vocalo Winter Block Party Evening Show

Featuring Mick Jenkins, Show You Suck, Saba, No Name & Daryn Alexis.
Tickets required for all attendees
(inc. Chicago Track students).

Starting 7PM
Student Tix: $5

Winner of People's Music Video Awards announced at 7PM!!! 

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Knowledge Share

Knowledge Share

Understanding Trauma

Featuring Dr. Brad Stolbach, Ph.D

Tuesday February 17, 2015

10:00am – 2:00pm


Better Boys Foundation

1512 South Pulaski Road

 Chicago, IL 60623


During the February knowledge share we welcome Dr. Stolbach. Licensed clinical psychologist Brad Stolbach, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at The University of Chicago Medicine and Clinical Director of Healing Hurt People - Chicago, a trauma-informed hospital-based violence intervention model implemented in emergency pediatric settings in Chicago through a partnership of the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital, La Rabida Children’s Hospital’s Chicago Child Trauma Center, the Trauma Dept. of John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, and The Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice at the Drexel University School of Public Health, where the Healing Hurt People model was developed. His work at University of Chicago Medicine also focuses on developing trauma-informed programs and services in a variety of settings, including the Adoption Center, the Pediatric Mobile Medical Unit, and the Center for Community Health and Vitality, as well as developing and co-directing a Trauma-Informed Psychiatry Clinic for youth on probation. Prior to moving to the University of Chicago full-time in 2013, Dr. Stolbach spent 18 years at La Rabida Children's Hospital, where he co-founded and directed the Chicago Child Trauma Center. Dr. Stolbach’s research activities focus on Developmental Trauma Disorder in urban children, cumulative trauma in young children, links between poverty and trauma, and the role of developmental trauma in the lives of children and youth affiliated with armed groups.

To help prepare for the knowledge share please take a moment to read the follow case study.

Dramatic Healing: The Evolution of a Trauma-Informed Musical Theatre Program for Incarcerated Girls




Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Summer Immersion Courses for Teens

GCE is excited to offer summer immersion courses in two sessions for the summer of 2015.

Summer Session 1
Monday, June 22 through Friday July 19
(no class July 3)

Summer Session 2
Monday, July 13 through Friday, July 31
Summer Immersion teaches public art and theater to 7-12 graders

Would you like to work with passionate teachers and students from around Chicago? Join GCE this summer for a 3-week course to create and examine the history of public art in "You Are Beautiful," or to experience the narrative power of theater which comes to life through STEAM principles in "Stage Chemistry."

Participants sample GCE's Model for Learning — inquiry & project-based courses featuring integrated curriculum, differentiated instruction, field experiences, the creation of digital portfolios, and a focus on global citizenship. For rising 7th to 12th grade students, the Summer Immersion is a great way to infuse your learning experience with a jolt of purpose and inspiration.
You Are Beautiful

You Are Beautiful

Why is it important to make art accessible to everyone? How does art spark conversations and human interactions? How does art change the space it occupies? How does art go viral?
In the You Are Beautiful course, an Art History elective, you will examine the history of public art and its ability to transform spaces and connect people on a worldwide scale. Inspired by case studies of successful public art movements and featuring the work of Matthew Hoffman, the artist behind the You Are Beautiful project, you will learn:
  • To work in teams to plan, produce, promote, and install original artworks in public spaces
  • Basic photography and wheat-pasting techniques
  • Techniques to reclaim trash into art
  • The process of documenting and promoting a piece of artwork
Throughout this course, you will master skills to conceptualize, produce and install your original art pieces in public spaces with the goal of engaging people in conversations. You will do this by joining in on conversation sparked by the You Are Beautiful project.
Credits: 0.5 Arts, 0.25 History
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Stage Chemistry

Stage Chemistry

How does the narrative power of story come to life in theater? How does learning the production process of theater change your perception and experience of the world? How can you replicate a multi-million dollar theater in your backyard, school, or anywhere else that you choose? Behind, below, above, and on stage, this course features the magic and magician’s tools that are used to create theater.
The journey begins behind the stage, learning about scale, proportions, and models through light, sound, and space. Then you descend below the stage, only to soar above, interacting with pulleys, flys, traps, and turntables. You’ll learn about safety, balance, and movement. Course closure is achieved on stage by bringing to life theatrical form and function, concepts and designs. Mastery is demonstrated through understanding, adapting, and transforming the main course concepts.
Credits: 0.25 Math, 0.25 Science, 0.25 Art
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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Summer Employment for Teens

Illinois Arts Council Agency Announces Summer Youth Employment in the Arts Program for Fiscal Year 2015


The Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA) Summer Youth Employment in the Arts (SYEA) program provides funds to eligible Illinois not-for-profit arts organizations to support summer employment opportunities for high school students. Jobs may be administrative or artistic in nature, or a combination of both. This program will provide positive experiences and training in the arts to enhance personal growth, while supporting the mission and goals of the host organization.


SYEA  is open to tax exempt (501c3) organizations registered as not-for-profit corporations in good standing with the Illinois Secretary of State (or units of government or institutions of higher education) who have received an IACA Program Grant, Grant to Arts Service Organizations or Partners in Excellence Grant in Fiscal Year 2014 or 2015.


Grant requests for fiscal year 2015 are for employment opportunities occurring between June 1 and August 31, 2015.  Application deadline is Friday, January 30, 2015.


Visit http://www.arts.illinois.gov/SYEA for the complete guidelines and application. 


Contact Jennifer Armstrong, Community Arts Development Director for more information: J.Armstrong@illinois.gov | 312-814-4993.