Terra Foundation Awards $9.5 Million to Launch Art Design Chicago 2024

Terra Foundation Awards $9.5 Million to Launch Art Design Chicago 2024

The Terra Foundation for American Art has announced a $9.5 million investment in Art Design Chicago 2024.

Building on the success of last year's ADC, which drew approximately 2.5 million people during its yearlong run and had an economic impact of more than $55 million, ADC 2024 will explore Chicago as an important site for the exchange of ideas and the meeting of cultures and will feature exhibitions, academic and public programs, and publications. Slated to kick off in May 2024 and run for approximately eight months, the event will expand its focus on community outreach and audience engagement, highlight the work of contemporary artists and designers, and encourage projects that capture the narratives and contributions of immigrants and other underrepresented groups. The majority of funds from the foundation will be awarded as grants to institutional partners.

The foundation's latest commitment represents a nearly $3 million increase over what it awarded in support of the 2018 event. For 2024, the foundation will offer grants ranging from $25,000 to $75,000 in support of exhibition research and development, publications and academic programs, audience-engagement research and development, exhibition implementation, and public programs. The foundation also is offering separate research and development grants for audience- and community-engagement efforts related to the initiative. Organizations can use the funds to explore new programming or strategies for interpretation as well as for developing partnerships with other cultural organizations or community-based groups.

"When we first launched the initiative, we envisioned it as a beginning — a first step in rediscovering, and in some cases discovering for the first time, the depth of Chicago's artistic legacy and its dynamic position as an incubator for innovation in American art and design," said Terra Foundation president and CEO Elizabeth Glassman. "We have been inspired by the passion and enthusiasm for Art Design Chicagofrom both our cultural partners and our wider audiences. We look forward to once again collaborating with Chicago’s cultural communities to create fresh and exciting experiences for the public and to further expanding knowledge about Chicago’s history, its diverse communities, and its contemporary culture."