By TONIA HILL
The Chicago Park District is inviting Chicago artists and community organizations to be a part of the sixth edition of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Night Out in the Parks a cultural and arts programming event series that is hosted in parks citywide.
Locally, the event series has been incorporated at area parks such as Jackson Park, 6401 S. Stony Island Ave., and featured programming for Night Out in the Parks in June, August, and September.
“Dancing with the Garden of Phoenix,” “Wild Indigo Explorations,” “Community Stewardship Workday,” “Summer Dance in the Parks,” and “Stories with Music in the Parks” are some of the featured events held at Jackson Park in collaboration with Night Out in the Parks.
“Night Out in the Parks has provided a platform for more than 120 arts and community organizations each year to showcase their work as part of this successful year-round, citywide initiative,” said Chicago Park District Superintendent and CEO Michael P. Kelly in a written statement. “In 2018, we aim to continue to foster creativity and cultural celebration in Chicago’s 77 community areas by hosting over 1,000 varied, free cultural events in our neighborhood parks.”
In 2013, Night out in the Parks was launched by Chicago Park District in collaboration with Emanuel, the City of Chicago and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. It included a summer series of over 750 cultural events and programs in over 230 parks citywide.
Four years later, Night Out in the Parks expanded to over 1,000 cultural events across Chicago year-round. Projects for the Night Out in the Park series have consisted of traditional performances and concerts to community workshops, nature-based programs, interactive dance, festivals and more.
Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events designated 2018 as the “Year of Creative Youth.” The Night Out in the Parks initiative will support the campaign by seeking out performance opportunities for youth citywide, according to the Park District. The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events will fund the year-round, citywide initiative.
For a complete list of eligibility requirements or to apply visit www.nightoutintheparks.com. Applications are due by midnight, Mon. Dec. 11.