Grantee Profile

Chicago Opera Theater

Grants to Chicago Opera Theater

  • $800,000Active Strategy

    2015 (Duration 11 months)

    MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The Chicago Opera Theater, founded in 1974, presents modern operas and underperformed pieces by well-known composers. It performs three full operas at the Harris Theater each year for an audience of 6,000. It is recognized for its inventive approaches to opera, affordability, and community outreach, which includes Opera for All, an elementary in-school program that reaches more than 1,000 students yearly. A MacArthur Award recognizes organizations that have excellent programs, that are well-managed, and that are at an inflection point, where they are likely to grow either in size or influence. The Chicago Opera Theater will allocate most of the award to an operating cash reserve; remaining funding will be used to conduct a market study and a strategic plan.

  • $307,500

    2014 (Duration 4 years, 11 months)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The Chicago Opera Theater presents modern operas and underperformed pieces by well-known composers. Over the past four decades Chicago Opera Theater has developed a reputation for innovative performances, community outreach, and affordability. Chicago Opera Theater produces three full scale operas with four performances each for the main stage during its season. The special one-time support in the first year will address costs incurred as a result of the venue’s cancellation and rescheduling of the three remaining performances for "Queenie Pie." The general operations grant will be used to support related activities including artistic and education initiatives.

  • $200,000Active Strategy

    2009 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

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

  • $170,000Active Strategy

    2004 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

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

  • $100,000

    2002 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To support a reserve fund to meet the challenges presented by the Millennium Park facility.

  • $50,000Active Strategy

    2002 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

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

  • $30,000

    1999 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations.

  • $75,000

    1998 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To support a series of one-hour operas to be created and performed in Chicago communities (over three years).

  • $90,000

    1996 (Inactive Grant)

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

  • $30,000

    1995 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations.

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Chicago Opera Theater $1,852,500 between 1978 and 2016.

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