2022 Night Out in the Parks CALL FOR PROPOSALS
The Chicago Park District currently seeks proposals from Chicago-based organizations, collectives and individual artists to participate in the 10th year of the Night Out in the Parks program. The season runs from June 1 - December 31, 2022. Proposals are due by midnight Wednesday, December 8, 2021 for 2022 season consideration.

Celebrating 10 years, Night Out in the Parks brings neighbors together to laugh, dance, sing, and engage, activating parks with robust cultural events. Since its inception, NOITP has provided thousands of hours of safe, diverse, and unique arts programming where artists and audiences can connect and celebrate Chicago’s rich cultural tapestry in neighborhood parks.

We strongly recommend that first-time applicants and anyone looking for more detailed information on the program, proposal and process, start first by referring to our website for a full program overview, eligibility, FAQs and a comprehensive virtual NOITP Call for Proposals Information Presentation. www.nightoutintheparks.com

We will do our best to communicate with you during the selection process. If you have questions about the process during the completion of your application or once your application has been submitted, please direct them via email to noitp@chicagoparkdistrict.com
As a reminder, the following criteria will be weighed heavily when evaluating proposals:

  • Culturally Relevant events and performances that exhibit high-quality work from artists at every step of their career, demonstrating Programmatic Excellence
  • Project Viability given both the unique ecosystem of park spaces in the Chicago cultural landscape and the challenges of the pandemic
  • Commitment to Community Connectivity with a thorough Strategic Outreach and Marketing Strategy that will engage Chicago communities
  • Professionalism & Self-Sufficiency of our potential partners as evidenced by an Affordable/Sustainable Budget that is fair and accurate to the project scope

Please use this application if you are a theater, music, dance, spectacle, or other LIVE cultural event applying for financial support, as well as performance space, production support and marketing support.  As with all previous years, we will make our selections for partnerships with financial support through this process only. Not all applications will receive financial support, and priority will be placed on partners who score the highest in all four areas of focus: Programmatic Excellence, Project Viability, Commitment to Community Connectivity and Affordable Budget. Some partners who apply for financial support may be offered space only, which also includes production and marketing support. Additionally, projects that are fully funded but only looking for space may apply both during this application process **and year-round** to become a NOITP partner on a case-by-case basis. For those interested in applying to partner outside of the NOITP curation window of November 1 - December 8, 2021, please send an email to noitp@chicagoparkdistrict.com
Email any questions about the Night Out in the Parks submissions process to noitp@chicagoparkdistrict.com.

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