May 13, 2024

Artspace Returns to Chicago for Second Artspace Immersion Cohort

Artspace Immersion: Chicago (2025)

Photo by Josh Hailey


10 Chicago-based organizations will be selected to participate in a year-long program designed for arts and culture organizations

Chicago, IL — Artspace Projects, Inc., America’s leading developer for the arts, announced the opening of their application for Artspace Immersion: Chicago (2025), a year-long capacity-building program that celebrates and supports arts and culture organizations as they build impactful creative spaces. Designed for groups in the planning stages of a space-related initiative, the program brings together the guidance, tools, and networks that advance small and large-scale projects. Artspace Immersion: Chicago (2025) is made possible by a generous grant from the Good Chaos Foundation.

“Artspace is delighted to deepen our work in Chicago and to support neighborhood organizations as they secure the spaces they need to continue serving their communities.” 

Anna Growcott, Artspace Immersion Program Director

The Artspace Immersion curriculum builds a learning community, develops new ways for organizations to tell their story, facilitates unexpected partnerships, and connects to broader discussions of community development and social justice. This 2025 cohort will be the second time the program will focus on 10 Chicago organizations. Each participating organization brings a clear and unique vision of how space ownership, development, or accessibility will create ripple effects in the communities they serve. 

“Artspace gave us the tools to empower ourselves to dream bigger and plan better for our company’s future. Each month we were connected with insightful and generous professionals who were always happy to answer our questions, big and small. In a world of money, building codes, grants proposals, and regulations, it was such a joy to hold space with this group of people who were cheering on your dreams every step of the way.”

Alix Rhode, a member of the Artspace Immersion: Chicago (2022) cohort

Applications are now open and must be completed through the online form. Information Sessions will be held on May 21, 2024 and June 13, 2024. The cohort will meet once a month either in-person or virtually through Howspace, an e-learning platform that contains the program curriculum, social elements, and a library of resources. The program is free of cost and a stipend is awarded to each organization upon completion of the program.

More about the curriculum, view the eligibility requirements, or submit an online application:

Artspace Immersion: Chicago (2025)

Application Timeline

May 13, 2024 – Application Opens

May 21, 2024 – Information Session #1

June 13, 2024 – Information Session #2

June 20, 2024 – Application Closes

July 2024 — Applicants Notified of Acceptance

August 2024 – Program Begins

July 2025 – Program Ends


Previous and ongoing iterations of Artspace Immersion include New Orleans, LA (2024)Minneapolis, MN (2023); Washington D.C. (2023); Chicago, IL (2022); Little Rock & North Rock, AR (2021); Detroit, MI (2021 and 2016); Memphis, TN (2020); and Minneapolis & St. Paul, MN (2019)