Launched in 2019 with a $2.1 million commitment from MacArthur to help advance racial equity and ensure access to opportunity across Chicago, the awards recognize and support diverse leaders from communities affected by the city's history of structural racism, discrimination, and disinvestment. Eleven leaders in three categories — Art, Justice, and Media & Storytelling — will each receive a $25,000 cash award in recognition of their accomplishments, while their affiliated organizations will each receive an additional $25,000 general operating support grant.
This year's art cohort includes Dorothy Burge, co-founder and activist, Chicago Torture Justice Memorials; Hoda Katebi, founder and organizer, Blue Tin Production Co-op; Ryan Keesling, executive director, Free Write Arts & Literacy; Faheem Majeed, co-director, the Floating Museum; Elijah McKinnon, co-founder and director of development, Reunion Chicago; and Jackie Taylor, founder and CEO, Black Ensemble Theater. In the justice category, the recipients are Juliet de Jesus Alejandre, executive director, Logan Square Neighborhood Association; Asiaha Butler, executive director, Resident Association of Greater Englewood; and Sharlyn Grace, executive director, Chicago Community Bond Fund. And the awardees in media and storytelling are Stephanie Manriquez, executive producer and educator, National Museum of Mexican Art; and Tiffany Walden, co-founder and editor-in-chief, The TRiiBE.
"This award recognizes power. These visionaries are changing the game across the city and we need them now more than ever," said Field Foundation president Angelique Power. "These leaders are changing the city and will be key in leading it to new places post-COVID. "Watch them. Listen to them. They are incredible visionaries we are honored to support. They work in various ways, but they all share a love of Chicago."