Redmoon Requests Proposals for 2014 Great Chicago Fire Festival Community Partners

Redmoon Requests Proposals for 2014 Great Chicago Fire Festival Community Partners

Redmoon today announces a citywide request for proposals (RFP) from Chicago community-based organizations interested in becoming one of 15 different Community Partner Organizations to anchor the Great Chicago Fire Festival. The inaugural Great Chicago Fire Festival will introduce an annual urban ritual to Chicago in the form of a massive event celebrating Chicago's powerful spirit of resilience. Preparations take place throughout 2014, culminating in a free, public Grand Spectacle float parade down the Chicago River, Saturday, October 4, 2014. The Great Chicago Fire Festival is a project of Redmoon in partnership with the City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE).

"Redmoon's core mission has always centered on bringing creativity and artistic experiences into Chicago's neighborhoods and our work with 15 Community Partner Organizations in preparation for the Fire Festival is a natural progression of that," said Jim Lasko, Redmoon Executive Artistic Director. "Not only has Redmoon collaborated on art in the communities with its free outdoor spectacles, it has also introduced Chicago audiences to other neighborhoods within the city with which they were not already familiar. The collaborative build and design process throughout next spring and summer will be a democratic opportunity for Chicagoans to join in this festival that celebrates the unique identity of Chicago."

The Process

The building blocks of the Great Chicago Fire Festival come from the city's neighborhoods through art projects during summer 2014 in city parks. Community-based organizations selected to be a part of the Fire Festival will receive free arts programming from Redmoon consisting of:

· Interactive "Sidewalk Senates," arts-based town hall-style community gatherings in the spring and summer 2014

· Designing "Pop-Up Tours" - dynamic, personalized tours of each community's neighborhood - created collaboratively with the citizens of that community

· Open sculptural build workshops in neighborhood parks guided by Redmoon-commissioned artists

· A Launch Party at Redmoon's space in Pilsen on October 3, 2014, and the Grand Spectacle on the river's main branch between State St. and Columbus Ave on October 4. Redmoon will provide transportation to and from these events for the Community Partner members.

Project Requirements

In order to be a Great Chicago Fire Festival Community Partner, an organization must be able to demonstrate the ability to bring a consistent group of at least 10 community members to the "Sidewalk Senates" and to promote the programming of the Great Chicago Fire Festival through their existing networks. Each Community Partner Organization must also designate a contact person to attend meetings, give feedback and explore new ideas and partnerships.

Who Can Apply?

All community-based organizations (both loose groups of individuals and more formal nonprofit partnerships) can apply to be a part of the inauguration of the Great Chicago Fire Festival. Redmoon is looking for a diverse array of applicants, including but not limited to: church groups, neighborhood organizations, Alderman offices, City offices, local arts organizations and parent boards at schools.

Proposals should be submitted in Word Document format to by December 19, 2013. Redmoon will carefully evaluate proposals before passing them on to an external civic committee comprised of leading individuals from Chicago. Final decision will be made and organizations notified in February, 2014. Questions can be directed to Fatimah Asghar (

About ArtPlace America: ArtPlace America provides grants and loans, supports research, and conducts outreach and advocacy. To date, ArtPlace America has awarded 134 grants totaling $42.1 million to 124 organizations in 79 U.S. communities (and a statewide project in the state of Connecticut). Foundations participating in ArtPlace America include Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Ford Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The William Penn Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation, The Surdna Foundation, and two anonymous donors. ArtPlace America also seeks advice and counsel from close working relationships with various federal agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the departments of Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Education, and Transportation, along with leadership from the White House Office of Management and Budget and the Domestic Policy Council. ArtPlace America is also supported by a $12 million loan fund capitalized by six major financial institutions and managed by the Nonprofit Finance Fund. Participating institutions are Bank of America, Citi, Deutsche Bank, Chase, MetLife, and Morgan Stanley.

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