Woven in Wool curatorial team. Seated, left to right: Chepximiya Siyam’ Chief Janice George, Tillie Jones, Buddy Joseph. Standing, left to right: Siseenaxalt Gail White Eagle, Bethany Palkovitz, Katie Bunn-Marcuse, Kelly Robinson, sa’hLa mitSa Susan Pavel, Bridget Johnson, Olive Keilholtz, Michelle Cohen, Roxanne Hockett, Rose Mathison, Ashley Verplank McClelland. Salish blanket of mountain-goat wool in foreground. Burke Museum, Nov. 3, 2023. Photo Credit Burke Museum/Timothy Kenney.

The "Chicago Sukkah Design Festival" is hosted at James Stone Freedom Square; landscape designed by Could Be Design and Nekita Thomas, working with Stone Temple Baptist Church. Photograph by Brian Griffin for the Chicago Sukkah Design Festival.

Big Soldier family (Iowa Tribe) reunited with their grandfather’s breechcloth at First Americans Museum, 2023 [NMAI 027462.000]. Photo by James Pepper Henry.

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    Grants Awarded Spring 2024

    The Terra Foundation for American Art awarded 53 grants in spring 2024, totaling nearly $3.8 million of support for projects that broaden understandings of American art. Grants awarded include support for strategic initiatives, exhibitions, and Art Design Chicago. 
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    Art Design Chicago Grants Awarded Spring 2024

    The Terra Foundation for American Art awarded 22 grants in spring 2024 through its Art Design Chicago initiative. Totaling nearly $820,000, these grants support projects that highlight Chicago’s unique artistic heritage and its creative communities.
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Terra Foundation adds Kaywin Feldman, Henry P. Johnson, Victoria Rogers, and Catherine Sarr to Board of Directors
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