A Message from DCASE

Dear Performing Arts Community, We have spent the last several weeks compiling and digesting the great feedback offered by this community at the recent Performing Arts Convening. A summary of your feedback can be accessed/downloaded here. In response to what we heard, we also want to share information and resources related to DCASE programs, events, and services that connect back to the four main pillars that were identified as areas of interest that structured our discussions at the Convening: 1. Cultural grants program flyer that details eligibility and tentative 2023 program calendar …

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The Bayless Family Foundation Stepping Stone Grant

The Bayless Family Foundation is proud to announce their continued commitment to the sustainability of Chicago’s vital theatre community with the return of the Stepping Stone Grant. Stepping Stone grant recipients receive $150,000, awarded over three years, to aid the intentional growth and sustainability of the organization. Award of this multi-year grant was paused briefly during the pandemic as the Foundation sought to prioritize responsive giving through 14 Signal Grant Awards, intended to support theatres as they returned to the stage following long closures.  Applications are now open to all Chicago theatres. The Foundation …

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The Saints Grant Opportunity

9/30/22 (Appplication Deadline) – The Saints encourage theater, dance, and music organizations to apply for our grant assistance to be used for artistic development or production-related purposes. Budget requests for grants up to $5,000 will be considered for projects occurring from August 1, 2022 through May 31, 2023. Requesting organizations must be established as 501(c)(3) for a minimum of three years. The live Grant application link will be available here on September 1.Online applications will be accepted through September 30, 2022 at 11:59 pm. The Grants Guidelines & FAQs and Preview Application are now available for your review. Please review the specific requirements …

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Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation

9/19/22 (Application Deadline) – Looking to grow your board? Or looking for help with a specific area of expertise? From the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation at the University of Chicago School of Business: “Is your organization looking for strategic thinkers who can offer support in finance, marketing, crisis management, and more? Apply to one of the Rustandy Center’s nonprofit governance and strategy programs, which connect Booth MBA alumni and students with Chicagoland area nonprofits.” More info on the ALUMNI BOARD CONNECT PROGRAM. More info on the NET IMPACT BOARD FELLOWS PROGRAM.

A Message from DCASE Regarding Monkey Pox Virus (MPV)

The city and its health partners have been responding to the MPV (monkeypox virus) outbreak since Chicago identified its first case in June. This is an evolving situation and information is being updated regularly. Below and attached are resources from the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Resources: One-page summary from the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) Chicago Department of Public Health’s MPV hub Centers for Disease Control and Prevention monkeypox hub All CDPH social media images, posters, and FAQs are available via the …

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PlayGround-Chicago

Are you a Chicago-based early-career or aspiring professional playwright? Have you ever wanted to see your plays performed on stage by leading local professional actors? Do you respond well to deadlines? PlayGround is seeking applications for the inaugural PlayGround-Chicago Writers Pool. Only members of the Writers Pool are invited to submit for the Monday Night PlayGround short play staged reading series, from which each year’s Best of PlayGround are selected. PlayGround releases a prompt on a Friday morning and writers have just four-and-a-half days to write an original ten-minute play inspired by the prompt. Of the submitted scripts, …

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Processing Pandemic Grief for Theater Artists

The global pandemic has led to specific and significant losses for folks involved with theater. We’ve been deprived of our artform and the community it fosters, leaving us financially unstable, isolated, and confused. Many of us grieve what’s been lost in our creative lives, our collaborations with other artists, and the potential development of our careers that never got to unfold. We at Red Theater know those feelings well. After some serious hibernation and a lot of transformation, we felt a need to foster a space of healing for our fellow theater …

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