The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has announced the recipients of the 2016 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.
Fourteen Chicago-area nonprofit arts organizations were awarded grants ranging from $200,000 to $1 million, depending on the size of their budgets, to build their cash reserves or endowments, develop a strategic plan, and/or upgrade their technology and physical infrastructure. The awards recognize exceptional arts nonprofits engaged in the foundation's core fields of work and are designed to help ensure their long-term sustainability.
This year's awardees are A Red Orchid Theatre ($200,000), Albany Park Theater Project ($400,000), Chicago Film Archives ($200,000), Chicago Jazz Philharmonic ($400,000), Chicago Opera Theater ($800,000), Chicago Sinfonietta ($625,000), Eighth Blackbird ($400,000), Hyde Park Art Center ($625,000), Links Hall ($200,000), Lookingglass Theatre ($1 million), Lucky Plush Productions ($200,000), The Hypocrites ($200,000), TimeLine Theatre ($625,000), and Young Chicago Authors ($625,000).
"These superbly imaginative arts organizations, competitively selected, bring diverse new audiences to opera, inject storytelling into dance, create new types of music, add humor to theater classics, and even partner with jazz musicians in Cuba," said MacArthur president Julia Stasch. "Chicago's arts community is vibrant and economically vital to the region. Support for these leading organizations reflects our enduring commitment to Chicago and to its cultural life that enriches us all."