Grantee Profile


Grants to Marwen

  • $300,000

    2017 (Duration 5 years)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — 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.

  • $262,500

    2012 (Duration 5 years)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — 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.

  • $80,000

    2002 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations (over two years).

  • $300,000

    1999 (Inactive Grant)

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

  • $30,000

    1996 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations (over three years).

  • $19,000

    1996 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture

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

  • $30,000

    1994 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To support organizational strategic planning.

  • $30,000

    1993 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations (over three years).

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Marwen $1,051,500 between 1978 and 2017.

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