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DCASE is a proud partner and contributor of $1M to the Arts for Illinois Relief Fund
- providing financial relief to workers and organizations in the
creative industries impacted by COVID-19. The fund is a partnership
between the City of Chicago, the State of Illinois and the broader
philanthropic community. The Arts for Illinois Relief Fund is
administered by Arts Alliance Illinois in partnership with 3Arts and
Arts Work Fund, long-standing and trusted service organizations and
Donate or apply at www.artsforillinois.org.
Arts for Illinois also launched an online platform that features
talented artists - performers, singers, poets, painters, writers and
other creatives from across Illinois - who have generously made their
works available for the public's enjoyment while at home during these
COVID-19 Arts Community Resources
The COVID-19 outbreak is having an enormous economic impact
on our local arts community. For anyone looking for resources, in
addition to the Arts for Illinois Relief Fund, please also visit DCASE's COVID-19 Arts Community Resources - a partial list of the many local and national efforts to support our artists and arts organizations.
Recognizing that the music industry
has moved to #DoStuffAtHome, DCASE is partnering with Do312 to continue
celebrating the 2020 Year of Chicago Music. A new listing of virtual
events and concerts has just launched at www.do312.com/yearofchicagomusic.org
to highlight the local music venues and musicians sharing "Music in the
Key of Chicago." Are you hosting a virtual concert or music-related
event? Please share the link to your event details and artwork to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cultural Grants Program
All of the cultural grants programs
managed by DCASE are continuing as planned, with notifications of the
Individual Artists Program (IAP) grants taking place this week. Visit chicagoculturalgrants.org for updates.
Venue Closures and Event Cancellations
As previously announced, following
the recommendation from the CDC and the guidance of City and State
officials, DCASE will not issue Special Event permits through May 15.
Additionally, the Chicago Film Office is not issuing film permits
through May 15.
All DCASE programming is canceled through May 15, including the following:
Millennium Park is closed to the public. All events and programs are canceled;
The Chicago Cultural Center is closed to the general public, and all programs and tours are canceled;
The Clarke House Museum is closed, and all tours are canceled;
Expo72 and the City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower, including exhibitions, are closed;
Maxwell Street Market is canceled.
Please refer to the Chicago Department of Public Health's website chicago.gov/coronavirus, for the latest local updates on the response to COVID-19.
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, 78 E. Washington St., 4th Fl., Chicago, IL 60602
The Chicago Small Business Resiliency Loan Fund is now open for applications! This $100 million fund will provide low-interest grants to thousands of Chicago small businesses suffering due to COVID-19.
to the high expected demand, the number of Resiliency Fund loans will
be limited. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling first-come,
first-served basis. We therefore recommend applying as soon as
possible. Please visit chicagoresiliencyfund.com to
start your application and for more information about loan terms,
business requirements, application information requirements and required
attestations. In the event the website is overwhelmed, we recommend checking back often to submit your application.
Resiliency Fund has a team of trusted experts at your service to guide
you through the application, underwriting and closing phases of your
loan. Questions can be submitted in English and Spanish. Additionally, the City of Chicago has a network of Neighborhood Business Development Centers to
provide free remote/virtual assistance to business owners interested in
applying for the Chicago Small Business Resiliency Loan Fund.
City is committed to leveraging every dollar available to business
owners from any source in order to provide as much funding as possible
to Chicago's small businesses. The Resiliency Fund is structured to
complement the new federal Paycheck Protection Program that
the Small Business Administration (SBA) has launched. The City and its
partners will seek to provide all Resiliency Fund loan applicants with
the best offer available, including from the SBA's new program.
In the event that you/your business does not qualify for this program, please look at the City’s resource website to find other programs that may meet your needs. Additionally, please visit www.chicago.gov/BACPCOVID19 for resources specific to businesses, consumers and employees.
Guidance for Businesses and Employers
- The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) is reminding
businesses that remain open during the State's Stay at Home order to
comply with social distancing requirements. The most effective measures
to decrease the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace remain social
distancing, routine environmental cleaning, and good hand hygiene and
sending sick employees home. Please follow CDPH's recommendations for preventing transmission in the workplace and help Chicago flatten the curve.
Unemployment Benefits - The
Illinois Department of Employment Security recently adopted emergency
rules, expanding the pool of residents that qualify for unemployment
benefits. Unemployment benefits may be available to some individuals
whose unemployment is attributable to COVID-19 so make sure to check
frequently for updates at www2.illinois.gov/ides.
HIV Resource Hub - The AIDS Foundation of Chicago and Center on Halstedcan
help with emergency financial assistance (rent, utility payments,
COVID-19-related support) for people who are living with HIV and who are
HIV-negative and taking PrEP. They can also link people living with HIV
to medications, case management, medical care, food, mental health,
substance abuse treatment and more, or connect people vulnerable to HIV
to PrEP, HIV testing, medical care and more. Services are available in
Chicago, Cook County and the Collar Counties. Call the HIV Resource
Hub at 1-844-HUB-4040 or learn more online.
Smart 911 - Residents are encouraged to sign up for Smart 911 and
provide critical medical information to 9-1-1 so they can help faster
in an emergency. Residents can create a safety profile for themselves
and family members with information on their current health conditions
as well as information if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or are
under quarantine, and it will automatically be provided to first
responders when calling 9-1-1. To learn more, check out this video:
Mayor Lori Lightfoot and CDPH Commissioner Allison Arwady, M.D. have issued a call for assistance from the medical community and are seeking to hire healthcare workers immediately to help the City of Chicago in its COVID-19 response efforts.
Medical Assistants and Nurses are
encouraged to apply for temporary positions. If you have any questions
about the positions or the application process, you may email email@example.com or call 813-261-2706.
Chicago Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)
is a network of both medical and non-medical professionals who
volunteer their time to assist during public health emergencies such as
the current COVID-19 outbreak. Many MRC volunteers are just like you -
nurses, doctors, pharmacists, therapists, public health professionals,
and other community members who believe in keeping Chicago safe.
Register at illinoishelps.net and be there when Chicago needs you most.
CDPH is coordinating multiple opportunities for individuals, organizations and businesses to donate medical supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) and join the fight against the COVID-19. Go to the links below to:
As I reflect on the past few weeks - a period when so much of the ground
underneath us has fallen away - what sustains me is how incredibly
quickly people are coming together to support one another, and to ensure
people are safe, fed, and cared for. This crisis is being met by a
creative outpouring across all sectors of life, especially in the arts
and humanities. Even as we tend to immediate critical needs, we are also
turning to those things that always sustain us - art, poetry, good
books, great music.
That’s the goal of our work at the Festival - to bring people together
to share ideas and experiences and to find common purpose, even across
our differences. In that spirit, every Friday I’ll share some good news
or fun things happening in our communities alongside favorite CHF
moments from our staff, volunteers, supporters and partners - in the
hopes that we maintain a vibrant connection in a time of physical
SUPPORTING A CREATIVE CHICAGO
ARTS FOR ILLINOIS
As all of us seek relief in the work of artists we must remember they too need our support. The recently announced Arts for Illinois Relief Fund provides immediate assistance to artists, artisans and cultural organizations.
CHF has always been proud to provide a platform for diverse artists in
Chicago and this week's selection features a long-time friend of the
Festival: Damon Locks and his inspiring project Black Monument Ensemble. This performance took place in 2019 as part of an evening of programming at the South Shore Cultural Center.