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Eighty Chicago-based arts and culture organizations with a strong commitment to equity will receive a total of $2.26 million as part of A Road Together (ART), a regranting partnership between MacArthur and the Field Foundation of Illinois. ART aspires to advance racial and social equity by enabling more Chicagoans to dream and flourish while accessing platforms for art and cultural expression in their communities. The initiative prioritizes organizations with a commitment to equity in their programming and that serve historically disadvantaged communities, particularly on the South and West Sides of Chicago.

In spring 2023, MacArthur announced a $15 million, five-year grant to the Field to invest in equitable arts in Chicago through the ART initiative. With this funding, Field administers and regrants MacArthur funds to support small and mid-sized arts-centered organizations. MacArthur continues to award grants directly to large Chicago arts and culture organizations, with budgets over $1 million, as part of our Culture, Equity, and the Arts program.

In this inaugural cohort, 25 organizations will receive three-year grants, and 55 organizations will receive one-year grants. To invest in the sustainability of smaller organizations, all grants are general operating support.

A panel of Chicago art sector leaders recommended the set of 25 three-year ART grantees through a participatory grantmaking process. Grants range in size with a maximum grant of $100,000 per year. The 55 one-year ART grantees were selected by the Field Foundation staff, with amounts ranging between $10,000 and $50,000.

Congratulations to all the 2023 ART grantees, whose work is shaping a more creative, just, and equitable Chicago.


Three-Year ART Grantees

Alt Space Chicago
BandWith Chicago
Black Alphabet
Chicago Art Department
eta Creative Arts Foundation
Floating Museum
Jazz Institute of Chicago
Joel Hall Dancers & Center
Kehrein Center for the Arts Foundation
Kuumba Lynnx
Live the Spirit Residency
Mandala South Asian Performing Arts
Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
Muntu Dance Theatre
Musical Arts Institute
Playmakers Laboratory Theatre
Praize Productions, Inc.
Prison + Neighborhood Arts Education Project
Silk Road Rising
South Side Community Art Center
Teatro Vista Theater with a View
TGi Movement
True Star Foundation
Water People Theater Group
Young Chicago Authors


One-Year ART Grantees

About Face Theatre Collective
Africa International House USA, Inc.
African American Arts Alliance
Aguijon Theater Company
American Indian Association of Illinois
Arts & Business Council
Asian Improv aRts Midwest
Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians
Ballet Folklorico de Chicago
Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre
Chicago Artists Coalition
Chicago Dancemakers Forum
Chicago Multi-cultural Dance Center
Chicago Torture Justice Memorials Foundation
Chicago West Community Music Center
Collaboraction Theatre Company
Congo Square Theatre Company
D-Composed Gives
Definition Theatre
Diasporal Rhythms
Elastic Arts
Esprit des Concerts
Firebird Community Arts
Free Street Theater
Haitian American Museum of Chicago
Honey Pot Performance
Hyde Park Jazz Festival
ILA Creative Studio, NFP
International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago
Korean Performing Arts Institute of Chicago
Lawndale Pop-Up Spot
Lawyers for the Creative Arts
Lighthouse Foundation
Links Hall
Muddy Waters MOJO Museum, Inc.
NAJWA Dance Corps
National Museum of Gospel Music
Natya Dance Theatre
OH Art Foundation
Rivendell Theatre Ensemble
2nd Story
Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center
Snow City Arts
Sones de Mexico Ensemble
South Chicago Dance Theatre
Teatro Tariakuri
The First Presbyterian Church of Chicago
The Simple Good
Theatre Y
UrbanTheater Company
West Point School of Music