Grant funding is available for projects and programs about historical American art and visual culture (pre-1980) that are grounded in sound scholarship and designed primarily for adult learners in Chicago who may not have specialized knowledge of American art or art history.
|Letter of Inquiry||Proposal||Awards announced|
|October 15, 2013||December 9, 2013||Spring 2014|
|May 15, 2014||July 15, 2014||Fall 2014|
The foundation only accepts proposals from institutions with United States 501(c)(3) status. Applicants must be based in the city of Chicago. An exception may be made only when projects for which funding is requested take place in the Chicago area and Chicago residents make up the majority of the audience served.
The foundation is especially interested in projects designed to do one or more of the following:
- Enlarge or expand audiences for historical American art (for example, by taking place at more than one venue, involving collaboration among organizations, including innovative outreach efforts, building expansion efforts over several years, or capturing program content for dissemination to larger audiences where appropriate via the internet or by other means);
- Highlight aspects of Chicago’s art history along with the rich and diverse American art collections found in the city, including public art;
- Make the best in American art scholarship accessible to the public;
- Provide opportunities for audiences to experience works of American art in person;
- Offer possibilities for ongoing learning (for example, through a series of programs);
- Explore American art through interdisciplinary or thematic lenses; or
- Use innovative program formats to actively engage audiences.
- Programs focused primarily on art made after 1980
- Capital expenditures