Driehaus, MacArthur Award $1.7 Million to Chicago Arts Organizations

Driehaus, MacArthur Award $1.7 Million to Chicago Arts Organizations

The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, in partnership with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, has announced sixty-four grants totaling more than $1.7 to small and midsize arts and cultural groups in Chicago.

The unrestricted grants will support nonprofit organizations with annual operating budgets of between $150,000 and $500,000 — a significant segment of the city's arts sector — including music, dance, theater, visual arts, media arts, and multidisciplinary groups as well as small museums and cultural centers.

The grants include $54,000 over three years to the Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, which uses the power of theater to improve women's lives; $16,000 over two years to Chicago Dance Crash, a fusion-style contemporary dance company that emphasizes athleticism and accessibility; $8,000 to the Global Pungmul Institute, which works to expand the creative domain of traditional Korean drumming, dancing, and singing; and $36,000 over three years to the National Veterans Art Museum, which is working to foster greater understanding of the impact of war through the collection, preservation, and exhibition of art inspired by combat and created by veterans.

"The MacArthur-Driehaus collaboration supports some of the most innovative and important modest-sized cultural organizations that serve Chicago audiences," said Driehaus Foundation president Richard Driehaus. "These unrestricted grants, many of which are for two or three years, can help transform a struggling nonprofit arts group into one on the road to stability and new creative achievements."

For a complete list of grantees, see the Driehaus Foundation website.