Are you an artist or nonprofit arts administrator practicing or working on Chicago’s South Side?

The University of Chicago’s Office of Civic Engagement is sponsoring free admission for the Americans for the Arts 2015 Convention, which will be held in Chicago, from June 12-14, 2015.

The deadline to apply is May 15, 2015 by 12 noon CST. Download a pdf of the flyer.

The Convention
For nearly 60 years, Americans for the Arts (AFTA) has convened an annual convention for arts and community leaders to network and discuss strategies for building stronger towns, counties, and cities through the arts. In 2015, more than 1,100 will gather at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers for the AFTA Convention to network, learn, share best practices, and experience the arts and cultural sector in Chicago. Through panel discussions, workshops, discussions, debates, keynote addresses, and more, the AFTA Convention will bring together a diverse cross-section of national thought leaders in cultural republic policysearch and public policy, and from the nation’s cultural sector as well as philanthropic, business, and corporate community.

Why You Should Apply
This is a unique opportunity for local artists and nonprofit arts administrators from Chicago’s South Side to share thoughts and ideas, learn best practices from leaders in the field, discuss the most relevant issues facing the sector, and engage with peers from across the country. The AFTA Convention will provide insight, inspiration, and experience we hope will strengthen the arts and cultural sector in the South Side. View the complete schedule for more information.

The University of Chicago’s Office of Civic Engagement will be sponsoring admission to the AFTA Convention from June 12-14 for five (5) individual artists and five (5) nonprofit arts administrators.

Eligible applicants should be either an individual artist or nonprofit arts administrator working or practicing on Chicago’s South Side (with a preference for the neighborhoods of Grand Crossing, South Shore, Woodlawn, Washington Park, Hyde Park, Kenwood, Grand Boulevard, Oakland, and Douglas).

Requirements for Application

For any questions related to application, please contact Brian Inman with the Office of Civic Engagement at

For more details on the AFTA Convention, please visit their website:

Originally published on May 7, 2015.