Arts & Culture Unit: Berger Park Music & Movement

Artist Opportunities

There are several ways artists and arts organizations can engage with the Chicago Park District, including;

●     Employment
●     Arts and Culture Space Rentals
●     Arts Partner in Residence
●     Artists for Hire Directory
●     Local Park Agreements
●     Night Out in the Parks

The most successful partnerships start at the local park level.  We encourage you to go out and meet your parks.
 


Lapidary Class at Lincoln Park

Employment

WHO:
Individual artists and arts educators of all disciplines

WHAT:
The Chicago Park District seeks talented and committed individuals to apply for positions in parks across the city. Artists will find opportunities to bring arts to the parks as activities instructors, recreational leaders, cultural staff, seasonal art positions, and administrators.

HOW:

Positions are posted throughout the year at http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/jobs/

 

 

 

 

 

 



Arts & Culture Unit - Spacefinder website

Arts and Culture Space Rentals

WHO:

Individual artists and arts organizations of all disciplines

WHAT:
The Chicago Park District offers the arts community park spaces for arts and culture rentals. Spaces include rehearsal rooms, dance studios, visual arts galleries, theaters, and outdoor stages. Rentals are at the discretion of parks and negotiated at the local park level. 

The Chicago Park District in partnership with Department of Cultural Affairs,  and Special Events and Fractured Atlas built a public database of the park district’s cultural resources.  The Chicago Park District Spacefinder is now available!

HOW:
Go to http://chicago.spacefinder.org/communities/ChicagoParksArtsSpaces to learn more, or visit your local park.  Review booking guidelines.

 

 

 

 

 


Arts Partners in Residence

WHO:
501 C3 and fiscal sponsored arts organizations of all disciplines


WHAT:
This program assesses a park’s available space and programming needs. Parks are matched with non-profit arts organizations in a barter relationship. The arts organizations provide year round free public programming in exchange for free use of park space. The goal of Arts Partners in Residence is to develop long term collaborations between neighborhood parks and professional arts organizations to serve local neighborhoods’ cultural interests. Partnerships are requested at the local park level based on available space.


HOW:
The Arts Partners in Residence program has shifting partnership priorities based on available space and park programming needs. We will be looking for different types of arts organizations and park locations each application cycle. The Arts Partners in Residence program accepts applications annually.

2015 Application cycle has closed.  2016 Applications will be available in winter of 2016.  View a sample application.
 

View a current Arts Partners in Residence List

 


Arts & Culture Unit: Ayodele Drum and Dance Arts Partner in Residence at Sherman Park

Artist Directory

WHO:
Artists and arts organizations of all disciplines

WHAT:
The Culture Arts and Nature staff maintain a directory of artists, teaching artists, arts organizations, and their program offerings as a resource for parks. Programming opportunities could include a series of classes, one time workshops, performances, etc. Opportunities are at the discretion of park needs and interest.


HOW:
Fill out the Artist Directory Form to be entered in our directory. Parks will contact artists as interested.
 


West Pullman Park

Local Park Agreement

WHO:
Individual artists and arts organizations of all disciplines

WHAT:
Artists or arts organizations deliver free programs and resources to a park. Local park agreements are exchange based partnerships appropriate for individuals or organizations who have fully funded programs, projects, or performances that only require park space. Partnerships are at the discretion and needs of park and are negotiated case by case through a local park agreement.

HOW:
Contact your local park to propose your idea and discuss a local park agreement.  Please note these agreements may need at least two months to negotiate. If you have a more immediate need consider a park rental.
 


Night Out in the Parks logo



Night Out in the Parks

WHO:
Chicago artists, arts organizations, film makers, educators, and citizens

WHAT:
Each year the Chicago Park District seeks proposals from Chicago based organizations and individual artists to participate in Night Out in the Parks, programming over 1,000 cultural events citywide.


HOW:
Proposals are accepted annually in the fall for the following summer's events.  View a listing of current Night Out in the Parks events now, and learn about our Night Out app: My Chi Parks.