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Chicago Commissioning ‘Ambitious’ Public Art With $500K In Funding. Applications Open Monday

Another $250,000 will be given to partners that will use the money for smaller, local projects.

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CHICAGO — The city is looking to commission a series of “ambitious” public art projects with $750,000 in funding, according to a Monday morning news release.

The city has created the Artist Response Program to provide $750,000 to support arts in response to the coronavirus pandemic and its economic fallout, according to the Mayor’s Office.

Of that money, $500,000 will go to commissioning up to 10 public art projects, and another $250,000 will be given to partners that will use the money for smaller, local projects.

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is looking for proposals for the commissions and for the partners. Guidelines and applications will be available online at 2 p.m. Monday.

There will be a webinar to help people learn about the applications at 11 a.m. Friday. Registration is available online.

Applications will close 5 p.m. Feb. 5.

The annual CityArts Program will also offer $1.7 million in grants to nonprofit arts organizations in the city. Applications for that open Jan. 19.

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