Eighty-eight grants totaling nearly $1.2 million were made through the MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation and the Prince Charitable Trusts in support of Chicago area arts and cultural organizations.

The MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture were established at the two foundations in April 2003 through grants totaling $6.5 million from the MacArthur Foundation. The funds will be used over a five-year period.

This year, the Driehaus Foundation awarded 57 grants totaling $500,000 and the Prince Charitable Trusts awarded 31 grants totaling $695,000 through the funds.

The fund at the Driehaus Foundation is used primarily for general operating support to arts and cultural organizations with annual budgets of approximately $500,000 or less. The fund at the Prince Charitable Trusts is used to support mid-sized arts and cultural organizations, those with annual budgets between $500,000 and $2 million. As with the fund at Driehaus, the emphasis is on support of general operations.

Each year, MacArthur also awards grants directly to organizations with budgets of more than $2 million. In April, the Foundation announced 17 grants totaling more than $3.5 million to large arts and cultural groups in the city. These grants are made for multiple years for general operations.

Support for arts and cultural organizations in Chicago and the region is an expression of MacArthurs' civic commitment to Chicago and is designed to help sustain the cultural life and vitality of the city and region.

The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation is a family foundation formed in 1992. Its primary mission is to benefit individuals and communities by preserving and enhancing the built and natural environments. The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation also supports the performing and visual arts and makes grants to organizations that provide opportunities for economically disadvantaged individuals.

Prince Charitable Trusts
The Prince Charitable Trusts were established in 1947 from the bequests of Frederick Henry Prince and his wife, Abbie Norman Prince. The three trusts operate as a family foundation with giving programs in the city of Chicago, the Washington D.C. region, and the state of Rhode Island. In Chicago, the Trusts support the core mission of arts organizations through general operating support grants, project grants to strengthen organizational capacity, and the Prince Prize for Commissioning Original Work.

Grants made through the MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at the Prince Charitable Trusts (31 grants totaling $695,000): 

 

About Face Theater
$30,000

Apple Tree Theatre
$20,000

Arts & Business Council of Chicago
$20,000

Bailiwick Repertory
$20,000

Black Ensemble Theater
$20,000

The Center for International Performance and Exhibition (HOTHOUSE) 
$25,000 

Chicago Chamber Musicians 
$25,000

The Chicago Classical Recording Foundation
$5,000 Final Grant

Chicago Jazz Ensemble
$20,000

Chicago Public Art Group
$20,000

Chicago Sinfonietta
$20,000

Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra
$25,000

Child's Play Touring Theatre
$20,000


The Dance Center of Columbia College
$30,000

Eta Creative Arts Foundation, Inc.
$20,000

Gene Siskel Film Center of the 
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
$30,000
Hyde Park Art Center
$25,000

Illinois Arts Alliance Foundation
$20,000

International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago
$20,000

The Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance
$25,000

Lifeline Productions, Inc.
$25,000

Little Black Pearl Workshop
$20,000

Marwen
$20,000

Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago
$35,000

Music of the Baroque
$30,000

Redmoon Theater
$20,000

The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago
$20,000

River North Chicago Dance Company
$25,000

SCT Productions
$20,000

Street-Level Youth Media
$20,000

Writers' Theatre 
$20,000 


Grants made through the MacArthur Foundation Fund for Arts and Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation (57 grants totaling $500,000):

Albany Park Theater Project
$12,500

Anchor Graphics
$20,000

Apollo Chorus of Chicago
$5,000

Archeworks
$15,000

Beacon Street Gallery and Performance Co.
$10,000

Bronzeville Children's Museum
$5,000

Chicago a cappella
$5,000

Chicago Artists' Coalition
$7,500

Chicago Ballet Russe Foundation
$5,000

Chicago Blues Museum
$7,500

Chicago Brass Band Association
$5,000

Chicago Dance & Music Alliance
$5,000

Chicago Dramatists
$10,000

Chicago Filmmakers
$7,500

Chicago Human Rhythm Project
$7,500

Chicago Moving Company
$10,000

Chicago Theatre Company
$20,000

Circle Theater of Forest Park
$7,500

Evanston Historical Society
$2,500

Experimental Sound Studio
$5,000

Famous Door Theatre
$10,000

Free Street Programs
$7,500

Fulcrum Point New Music Project
$7,500

Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus
$10,000

Guild Complex
$10,000

Hedwig Dances
$12,500
The House Theatre
$7,500

Illinois Storytelling
$2,500

Innocent Eyes and Lenses
$7,500
International Center for Deafness
$5,000

International Contemporary Ensemble
$5,000

International Music Foundation
$12,500

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
$12,500

Jazz Institute of Chicago
$12,500

Jump Rhythm Jazz Project
$5,000

L'Opera Piccola
$5,000

Lampo
$7,500

Live Bait Theatre Co.
$5,000

Luna Negra Dance Theater
$10,000

Milkwood Foundation
$5,000

Natya Dance Theatre
$10,000

Near Northwest Wide Arts Council
$5,000

Neighborhood Writing Alliance
$25,000

Next Theatre Company
$10,000 

Opera Theatre North
$5,000

Orion Chamber Ensemble
$5,000

Pegasus Players
$20,000

The Poetry Center of Chicago
$10,000

Porchlight Music Theatre
$10,000

Raven Theatre
$7,500

Salt Creek Ballet
$7,500

Scrap Mettle SOUL
$12,500

South Side Family Chamber Orchestra
$5,000

Stage Left
$5,000

TimeLine Theater Company
$12,500

Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art
$5,000

Young Chicago Authors
$12,500


 

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