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DuSable Museum of African American History

Grants to DuSable Museum of African American History

  • $50,000Active Strategy

    2016 (Duration 1 year, 11 months)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The DuSable Museum of African-American History is the oldest and longest operating independent museum in the country devoted entirely to the collection, documentation, preservation, study, and dissemination of the history and culture of Africans and Americans of African descent. The Museum, which is located on Chicago Park District land on the city’s south side, presents permanent and traveling exhibitions, maintains a large archive, and provides education and outreach programs at the Museum, in schools, and in communities. It serves more than 100,000 visitors each year.  

    This exchange connects American and Dutch audiences through a play that highlights the lives of Anne Frank and Emmett Till, and the common challenge of racial injustice faced by communities across the globe. DuSable produced this play in 2015. DuSable and its partners in the Netherlands (where the Anne Frank house is located) present the play as an opportunity for local communities to examine the ways in which racial intolerance have affected the world over time by utilizing the historical connections highlighted in the play. Award funds support direct project expenses: travel, performance, marketing and communication, educational programming costs. This is the DuSable Museum’s first International Connections Fund award.

  • $157,500

    2015 (Duration 2 years, 11 months)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The DuSable Museum (Museum) collects, preserves, interprets, and disseminates the history and culture of Africans and Americans of African descent. It is the oldest independent African American history museum in the country, founded in 1961. The Museum, which is located on Chicago Park District land on the city’s south side, presents permanent and traveling exhibitions, maintains a large archive, and provides education and outreach programs at the Museum, in schools, and in communities. It serves more than 100,000 visitors each year. This grant supports critical operational needs such as exhibit creation, education programs, outreach activities, and facility and staffing expenses.

  • $157,500Active Strategy

    2012 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The DuSable Museum, founded in 1962, is the oldest independent African American history museum in the country. DuSable is dedicated to the collection, preservation, interpretation and dissemination of the history and culture of Africans and Americans of African descent. The Museum presents permanent and traveling exhibitions, maintains a large archive, and provides education programs at the museum and in schools and community venues. It is Chicago’s largest African American arts organization and the only museum in Chicago that serves a primarily African American audience. This grant provides renewed general operating support.

  • $100,000Active Strategy

    2010 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

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

  • $190,000Active Strategy

    2005 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

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

  • $300,000Active Strategy

    2002 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of (i) preparations to meet goals of accreditation, (ii) endowment program and (iii) participation in the "Park Voyagers" collaboration (over two years).

  • $50,000Active Strategy

    2003 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of (i) preparations to meet goals of accreditation, (ii) endowment program and (iii) participation in the "Park Voyagers" collaboration (over two years).

  • $40,000

    1995 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations.

  • $80,000

    1993 (Inactive Grant)

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

  • $16,000

    1988 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — A technical assistance grant.

The MacArthur Foundation awarded DuSable Museum of African American History $1,141,000 between 1978 and 2016.

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