Skip to content

Board Leadership Certificate has been made Permanent! And other happenings!

Southside Arts & Humanities Network February
Bart and Erika 

Network Members,


The Network is thrilled to announce that our Board Leadership Certificate Program has been made permanent by the Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies.  Applications are now being accepted for organizations and individuals. This program recruits and trains individuals affiliated with the University of Chicago and helps match them with the boards of small South Side Arts & Humanities organizations. For more information please visit



If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me




If your arts/humanities organization seeks new trained board members, please clickhere.




City’s Celebratory Campaign to Feature Local Cultural Partner 

City’s Celebratory Campaign to Feature Local Cultural Partners 

Chicago turns 175 on March 4, 2012.
To celebrate the city’s birthday, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, in partnership with the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture, will launch 175 DAYS TO LOVE CHICAGO., the city’s official tourism website, will serve as the digital hub of the birthday celebration and feature an exciting calendar of events, programs, and promotions across the city, alongside fun facts about Chicago’s history and culture.

175 DAYS TO LOVE CHICAGO will highlight the cultural vitality of Chicago throughout 2012 and encourage visitors and residents to explore the city’s cultural heritage. Cultural organizations interested in participating in this promotional campaign should click here. The online calendar will highlight festivals, cultural events, restaurant specials, local deals and tips, and fun historical facts covering the whole city.

This city-wide celebration will highlight the following type of events:

Milestone birthdays & anniversaries
Is your organization celebrating an important birthday or anniversary? We look forward to promoting events and programs planned around the milestone birthdays or other celebrations of our cultural partners.

Chicago traditions and other popular special activities
In the coming months, we will honor “Chicago favorites,” such as popular annual summer events and other “not to be missed” Chicago traditions. Let us know about the major festivals or events you have planned in 2012.

Special activities/promotions created around the theme of Chicago’s 175th Birthday
This celebratory initiative will also highlight restaurants, hotels, shops, and other attractions throughout Chicago that design unique programs and promotions around the theme of “175,” “1837,” or other features of the birthday.

If your organization is interested in being featured as part of this campaign, click here.

Participating partners will enjoy increased access to media and visitor attention as a result of their participation in this campaign. To be considered as a featured event during 175 DAYS TO LOVE CHICAGO, please click here to submit information about your planned event.

The deadline for March events is February 10. The deadline for April events is February 24.
Later events will be considered on a rolling deadline.


New Opportunity from the Joyce Foundation
Letter from Angelique Power 

” Artists are great placemakers, they are entrepreneurs, and they should
be the centerpiece of every town’s strategy for the future.”
Rocco Landesman, Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts 

Dear Artist, Nonprofit Professional, Community Member:

Artists change neighborhoods. Artists change cities. Artists change the world.

Since 2003, the Joyce Awards have distributed $1.8 million to support the commissioning
of new artwork from artists of color in Chicago, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Detroit, Milwaukee
and Minneapolis/St. Paul. In those ten years, Joyce Award recipients have flourished both
nationally and within their communities.

NEW! After 10 successful years, the Joyce Awards are changing the way communities
interact with art again. In recognition of the fact that art is happening everywhere, all the time, the Joyce Awards will now support the commissioning of new work from diverse artists no matter where they choose to work-in the gallery, on the stage, in the church, the schoolyard, the prison, the community center.

Starting this 2013 cycle, the applicant pool is open to any nonprofit organization, not just
art institutions. Artists and nonprofit groups in Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis,
Milwaukee, and St. Paul/Minneapolis are eligible to apply. Annually, a minimum of four awards
of $50,000 each is granted.

The Joyce Award guidelines are posted on the Culture Program section of the Joyce
Foundation website at The submission deadline for letters of inquiry is
April 3, 2012.

Thank you for considering applying and I look forward to learning about your projects.

Angelique Power
Senior Program Officer, Culture



Chicago Cultural Plan
Town hall meetings 

Community Invited to Plan for the Advancement of the Arts 

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is asking residents, cultural organizations and community groups for their input in developing the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan. The plan will deliver a set of recommendations to support the arts and artists throughout the city, as well as enhance economic growth and Chicago’s reputation as a global cultural destination.

Chicagoans can easily participate in shaping the plan and can submit their ideas through social media, town hall meetings and public forums. The plan will provide a list of recommendations and serve as a blueprint for the future of Chicago’s arts and culture community.   The strategies of the plan will also help implement key goals such as extending the arts into the neighborhoods.

Public engagement will play a key role. Town Hall meetings will be held in four locations beginning February 15 and continuing on February 16, 18 and 21. To participate in the conversation, attend one of the following meetings:

Wednesday, February 15: Columbia College from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 16: Nicholas Senn High School from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 18: DuSable Museum from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 21: National Museum of Mexican Art from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

To learn more,


Artistic and cultural diversity initiative
Deadline March 15th 

Please be aware that The Chicago Community Trust is accepting Letters of Inquiry until 5 p.m., March 15, 2012 for its Artistic and Cultural Diversity initiative. 

All applicants for Artistic and Cultural Diversity Grants are invited to an information session on February 14, 2012 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at The Chicago Community Trust offices. To attend, please RSVP to Karen Mensch

Arts organizations and/or presenting venues of all sizes should submit a Letter of Inquiry individually or in collaboration for support for projects that aim to achieve the following goals:
·         Showcase the talents of culturally specific artists.
·         Perform/exhibit/conduct programs in venues that are located in areas of Cook County that are culturally underserved.
·         Perform/exhibit/conduct programs in public venues (such as libraries, parks, community colleges) located in areas of Cook County that are culturally underserved.
·         Plan and implement projects with meaningful involvement by leaders/collaborators from the target community or audience.
·         Ensure affordability and accessibility for the target community or audience.
·         Include an effective means of tracking market penetration and participant response.
·         Include well-defined strategies for building on or sustaining the collaboration, cross-promotion or presence within the target market or community.
·         Increase the Trust’s visibility within the target community.
Collaborators are encouraged to work together to submit complementary proposals requesting separate grants to support the clearly defined role of each partner. This grant making area is a competitive process that will select projects/productions by different organizations each year; it is not designed to support the same organization for multiple consecutive years.

More information on the initiative can be found here.



Posted in Events.

0 Responses

Stay in touch with the conversation, subscribe to the RSS feed for comments on this post.

Some HTML is OK

or, reply to this post via trackback.