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Chicago, Illinois

Marwen was awarded $1,051,500 between 1993 and 2017, including 8 grants in Chicago Commitment.


2017 • 5 years • Chicago Commitment

Founded in 1987, Marwen's mission is to educate and inspire underserved young people through the visual arts. Core programming includes visual arts courses and workshops, college and career counseling for current students and alumni, and professional development and program evaluation support for its teaching artists. All Marwen programs take place at the Marwen Arts Campus, an eight-studio, three-gallery facility located in Chicago's River North neighborhood. Marwen strives to increase its student enrollment while sustaining and growing its current operations and leveraging the opportunities that its Arts Campus affords the organization and the city of Chicago, overall. This award provides renewed general operating support to Marwen as its program offerings and organizational capacity continue to evolve and expand.


2012 • 5 years • Chicago Commitment

Marwen is an arts education organization created to educate and inspire under-served youth through the visual arts. For the past 25 years it has provided free, rigorous arts programming for Chicago students in grades 6-12 who would not otherwise have access to art education. Marwen serves more than 2,000 students each year through visual arts courses, college application support, and career programs that help them guide their own creative process, cultivate their voice, and plan for the future. Marwen’s long-term goal is not to produce professional artists, but to help its students become creative, productive, and civically active adults.


2002 • 1 year, 11 months • Chicago Commitment

In support of general operations (over two years).


1999 • 3 years • Chicago Commitment

To expand youth arts programming and to strengthen institutional capacity (over three years).


1996 • 1 year

To support Giving Voice, a video arts training and production course for high school students.


1996 • 3 years • Chicago Commitment

In support of general operations (over three years).


1994 • 1 year

To support organizational strategic planning.


1993 • 3 years

In support of general operations (over three years).

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