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Black Ensemble Theater

Chicago, Illinois
www.blackensembletheater.org

Black Ensemble Theater was awarded $1,377,500 between 1992 and 2017, including 11 grants in Chicago Commitment.

$300,000

2017 • 2 years • Chicago Commitment

The Black Ensemble Theater (BET) commissions and stages original musical theater productions each year that document, preserve, and highlight the achievements of African Americans, while pursuing its mission to eradicate racism and its damaging effects upon society. BET moved in 2011 to a new theater designed to serve the community in a struggling part of the Uptown neighborhood in Chicago. For the next phase of growth, it purchased land around its facility, which is being developed to create sustainable revenue streams for BET and complement its ongoing programmatic work. This award provides increased staff and technology support as BET builds its cultural campus.

$300,000

2017 • 5 years • Chicago Commitment

The Black Ensemble Theater stages five original musical theater productions each year that document, preserve, and highlight the achievements of African Americans while emphasizing a shared humanity. The Theater commissions its work from artists in its Black Playwrights Initiative, increasing the canon of African American theater work by and for African Americans. Over the award period, it is deepening its investment in its black playwrights program; expanding its youth and outreach programs; and completing a neighborhood revitalization plan. This award recommends five years of renewed general operating support to Black Ensemble Theater.

$262,500

2012 • 5 years • Chicago Commitment

The Black Ensemble Theater is a Chicago theater established in 1976 with a mission of using theater to increase communication, interaction, and understanding among groups in order to reduce racism. It attracts a diverse audience by presenting performances that appeal to people of all backgrounds. The Black Ensemble Theater presents musicals that draw upon African American traditions, often exploring the lives of popular recording artists of the 20th Century. Through long-established educational and outreach programs, the Black Ensemble Theater also works in Chicago Public Schools and with underserved populations to teach theater skills that support the development of life skills.

$80,000

2009 • 2 years • Chicago Commitment

To support succession planning and technology upgrades (over two years).

$100,000

2002 • 1 year

In support of designing a new facility for operations.

$150,000

2000 • 3 years • Chicago Commitment

To expand educational programs and to implement the strategic plan (over three years).

$25,000

1999 • 1 year • Chicago Commitment

In support of general operations.

$75,000

1996 • 3 years • Chicago Commitment

In support of general operations (over three years).

$25,000

1995 • 1 year

In support of general operations.

$40,000

1993 • 2 years

In support of general operations (over two years).

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