Annual Reports

Media, Culture, and Special Initiatives

Arts & Culture in Chicago

Support for 200 arts and cultural organizations in Chicago and the region is an expression of civic commitment to the place where the Foundation has its headquarters and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur made their home. Grants are designed to help sustain the cultural life of the city and region.


MacArthur supports the production and distribution of news and documentary programs for television, radio, and the web that help inform the American public about important domestic and international current affairs and policy issues.

MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions

These awards recognize exceptional Foundation grantees and help ensure their sustainability with grants of $350,000 to $1 million each—a large sum given that recipients' annual operating budgets are under $5 million.

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Elspeth Revere
Vice President
Media, Culture, and Special Initiatives
(312) 726-8000

About the Foundation

The MacArthur Foundation supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. In addition to selecting the MacArthur Fellows, the Foundation works to defend human rights, advance global conservation and security, make cities better places, and understand how technology is affecting children and society.