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Public Art Youth Corps

Year of Public Art  >  Public Art Youth Corps

 (Artwork: Pajaro Cosmico by Remed, Photo credit: Adam Alexander)

(click on image to enlarge) (Artwork: Pajaro Cosmico by Remed, Photo credit: Adam Alexander)


In honor of the Year of Public Art, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is partner with Mayor's Emanuel's One Summer Chicago and the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services and One Summer Chicago to create a Public Art Youth Corps. The paid interns will be matched with community organizations to work on public art projects in neighborhoods across the city. Interns participating in the program will also be invited to spend a day at the Chicago Cultural Center to network with other interns and to establish career connections with industry professionals.

The One Summer Chicago program invests in our future by hiring young people to work during the summer. Last year, the program provided over 31,000 jobs for youth ages 14-24 at businesses and organizations throughout the City. Youth gain invaluable professional development experience and we benefit from the additional staff support, and their energy and perspective.

Young job seekers ages 14 to 24 are encouraged to apply by May 15 at

Cultural organizations interested in offering public art-related internships are invited to join DCASE and One Summer Chicago for an informational workshop March 30, 4-6pm, at the Chicago Cultural Center's 5th Floor Millennium Park Room (78 E. Washington Street) or visit and click on the companies/organizations icon.