Above Image: From left: Allyson Esposito [Director of Cultural Grant Program], Shoni Currier [Director of Performing Arts], Ivy Hall [Special Events Coordinator], Daniel Schulman [Program Director of Visual Arts], Tonya Gross – Head of Fashion, Design and Culinary Arts, and standing behind podium is moderator Kennon Reinard [Communication Director at Arts Alliance Illinois].
The DCASE team of the City of Chicago
Where DCASE stands for Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.
The DCASE Team
where DCASE is the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
Michelle T. Boone – Commissioner of DCASE
Tonya Gross – Head of Fashion, Design and Culinary Arts
Daniel Schulman – Program Director of Visual Arts
Ivy Hall – Special Events Coordinator in Events and Programming Division
Shoni Currier – Director of Performing Arts
Allyson Esposito – Director of Cultural Grant Program
Tim Samuelson – Cultural Historian of the City of Chicago
Meet the DCASE team..
DEPARTMENTS of DCASE
[I] FASHION, DESIGN and CULINARY ARTS
Creative Chicago Expo
Chicago Arts Month
Fashion Focus Chicago
Chicago Sidewalk Sale
Chicago Farmers Market
Maxwell Street Market
Taste of Chicago
[II] VISUAL ARTS
Public Arts Program
[III] EVENTS and PROGRAMMING DIVISION
Chicago Blues Festival
Chicago Gospel Music Festival
Chicago Jazz Festival
[IV] PERFORMING ARTS
Chicago Summer Dance
[V] CULTURAL GRANT PROGRAM
Daniel Schulman – Program Director of Visual Arts Department at DCASE.
Cultural Grants Staff
Allyson Esposito, Director, Cultural Grants Program, Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships (SIP) Division
Julie Partynski, Coordinator, Cultural Grants Program, SIP
Andrea Portillo, Coordinator, Cultural Grants Program, SIP
My Husband and I attended the Gospel Fest Friday the security personnel was terrible. My husband who is a 63 yr old Vietnam Veteran was treated disrespectfully by the security team he was cussed at because he was trying to bring food into the venue. He was told outside food was not allowed, which was not true because I saw people bringing pizza and everything else in to the venue I’m heated and I will be contacting the powers that be!!!