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Evaluating the Arts & Culture Loan Fund Program

The Arts & Culture Loan Fund provides small and medium sized arts and culture organizations with loans to address cash flow shortages and strengthen the financial capacity of its borrowers. Read More
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14 Chicago Arts Nonprofits Recognized for Exceptional Creativity and Effectiveness

The Award, which recognizes exceptional nonprofit organizations that are engaged in the Foundation’s core fields of work and helps ensure their long-term sustainability, provides each organization with $200,000 to $1 million. Read More
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Chicago to Host Yearlong Festival Celebrating 400 Years of Shakespeare

More than 1,000 local and international artists will participate in a yearlong arts festival in 2016, celebrating the vibrancy, relevance, and reach of Shakespeare 400 years after the playwright’s death in 1616. Read More

Beyond the Hashtag: Showcasing the Arts Visually on Social Media

As part of Chicago Social Media Week, a panel discussion featuring diverse Chicago arts organizations will focus on how visual content is being leveraged on a variety of online platforms. Read More

Remarks by MacArthur President Julia Stasch at International Connections Fund Celebration

Stasch's speech details plans for MacArthur and the arts in Chicago and acknowledges Elspeth Revere's legacy of work at the Foundation. Read More
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Chicago's Arts & Culture Community Matters

MacArthur provides $11 million in grant support to more than 300 Chicago-area arts and culture organizations each year. Read More
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14 Chicago Arts Groups Receive Grants for International Collaborations

MacArthur today announced grants to 14 Chicago arts and culture organizations for diverse artistic exchanges in 14 countries, including Cuba, Colombia, Grenada, and South Africa. Read More

International Connections Fund Celebration

You are invited to the announcement and celebration of recipients of MacArthur's new International Connection Fund grants and a tribute to Elspeth Revere, as she leaves MacArthur after 24 years. Read More
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Bulletin Plans Nuclear Museum Exhibit, Workshops to Communicate Science

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists will partner with Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry to design an interactive exhibit exploring the past and future of nuclear energy as part of a celebration of the Bulletin ... Read More
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Elspeth Revere to Leave MacArthur After 24 Years

Elspeth Revere, Vice President for Media, Culture and Special Initiatives, will leave MacArthur at the end of November, after more than 24 years of service. Read More
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Fund to Support Venue Improvements at Small Chicago Theatres

The fund, supported by a $500,000 MacArthur grant, will be available to theatres, dance companies, and venues with preference given to organizations with annual budgets under $1 million. Read More
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Grantmaking in Chicago

The Foundation seeks and seizes opportunities to work locally as an expression of its civic commitment to its home, and because being rooted in Chicago yields a deeper understanding of issues faced by urban areas. Read More

Cultural Engagement and Creativity: An Arts Conversation and Reception

Join a conversation about the arts with Steven J. Tepper, a leading writer and speaker on cultural engagement and everyday creativity. After his talk there will be time for questions, followed by a reception Read More
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Supporting Historic Pullman National Monument

As President Obama visited Chicago and declared the Historic Pullman neighborhood a National Monument, MacArthur announced a $500,000 grant to the National Parks Foundation to help jumpstart critical projects at the new park. Read More
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Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Part of History in Cuba

Members of the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic were in Havana, Cuba last week on a MacArthur-supported cultural exchange, when the announcement of renewed diplomatic relations with the United States occurred. Read More