MacArthur has announced four grants totaling $320,000 in support of the arts in Chicago. The grants were made through the Foundation's Program on Human and Community Development.
These grants continue the Foundation's tradition of civic involvement through support for a wide range of arts and cultural institutions in Chicago. MacArthur's support for arts organizations and programs in Chicago totals approximately $4 million annually.
Grants were made to four organizations in Chicago:
- The Chicago Humanities Festival was awarded a $100,000 grant over two years for general operations. The Humanities Festival is a yearly, city-wide arts and humanities celebration that brings together new and established authors, artists and musicians to present work in different media.
- The Guild Complex, a non-academic literary organization, was awarded $80,000 over two years to cover general operating costs and to help build the Guild's partnership with Chicago public schools, youth-oriented and community-based organizations, and local major institutions.
- A grant of $80,000 over two years was made to the Marwen Foundation, an organization that works with students and teachers from Chicago's public schools, providing visual arts education and college and career planning services.
- Chicago Sinfonietta, a nonprofit that nurtures the talents of musicians and composers of color, was awarded a $60,000 grant over two years for general operating costs.