In 2011, the Mayor’s Office of Special Events and the Department of Cultural Affairs merged to form the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). DCASE presents large scale and small high-quality FREE festivals, exhibitions, performances, parades, sport events, farmers markets and holiday celebrations in venues throughout the city each year and assists film projects through the Chicago Film Office. DCASE is dedicated to promoting and celebrating the arts in Chicago as well as supporting the people who create and sustain them.

Jazz Institute of Chicago

The Jazz Institute of Chicago has programmed the Chicago Jazz Festival in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Special events since the festival’s inception in 1979. Established in 1969, the Jazz Institute of Chicago serves as a foundation of support for the creation of new jazz music, sustaining active artists, nurturing new talent and developing new audiences for jazz, especially for Chicago jazz artists.  We do this by supporting jazz education in the schools through partnerships with Chicago Public Schools, mentorship of young players outside of schools through our Jazz Links Youth Programs, commissioning new work and expanding performance opportunities through the concerts and festivals we program throughout the year.   For more information or to join the Jazz Institute please visit www.jazzinchicago.org

Chicago Jazz Partnership

The Chicago Jazz Partnership is a collaborative philanthropic effort made up of corporate, foundation and public funders to promote and support Chicago jazz. It began in 2005 and consisted of four founding members. Today the Partnership has grown to twelve members and includes The Boeing Company, Chicago Community Trust, City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs, Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Illinois Arts Council, The Joyce Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, J.P. Morgan Chase and Company, Kraft Foods, Union League Civic and Arts Foundation, United Airlines. The members of the Jazz Partnership recognize jazz in Chicago as a vital part of the city’s history and culture. Therefore through its individual members, the partnership strives to support jazz financially, technically and strategically by leveraging its resources and social networks. The outcome is that jazz in Chicago will be a more financially secure, powerful music sector in Chicago year-round.

Asian Improv Arts Midwest 

Asian Improv aRts Midwest’s mission is to build a vital, self-empowered Asian American community in the Chicago area by advancing the understanding and profile of Asian and Asian American cultures through the traditional and contemporary cultural arts. AIRMW is dedicated to creating productive relationships with artists, community and institutions in order to produce high quality arts programs that accurately reflect the multi-cultural, multi-ethnic reality of Chicago and the nation.

Umbrella Music 

Umbrella Music is a group of Chicago-based musicians and presenters working together to provide concert opportunities for creative and improvising musicians. Their goal is to pool resources in order to reach a larger audience for the music, and to provide better performance situations for artists. Umbrella members curate weekly concert series at Elastic, the Hideout, and the Hungry Brain, and work together to produce the Downtown Sound Gallery concerts at Gallery 37.

Hyde Park Jazz Society 

Recognizing the place of Hyde Park in the history of jazz in Chicago, the Hyde Park Jazz Society is committed to the encouragement, promotion, and expansion of jazz performance in the greater Hyde Park community as well as to the education and expansion of the jazz listening audience.

Jazz Unites 

Jazz Uites’ mission is to further the growth and appreciation of jazz, in addition to the establishment of a program that combines cultural goals with human, social, and economic development purposes. Thus, JUI seeks to expose jazz (a uniquely American art form) to communities and people who otherwise would not have access to this form of artistic expression.

National Museum of Mexican Art

The mission of the National Museum of Mexican Art (NMMA) is to stimulate and preserve knowledge and appreciation of Mexican culture through sponsoring events and exhibitions that exemplify the rich variety of visual and performing arts in the Mexican culture; to develop, preserve, and conserve a significant permanent collection of Mexican art; to encourage the professional development of Mexican artists; and to offer arts education programs.


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