Chicago


Floating Museum
$285,000
Chicago, Illinois
2024

To support the development and pilot phase of the Burroughs Residency over three years, a new residency opportunity in Chicago for local and international artists that is highly tailored to the residents’ research needs and interests as well as to the interests of local cultural organizations that interact with the artists. A portion of the grant supports the organization’s operations and programmatic activity as well.

The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago
$25,000
Chicago, Illinois
2024

The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago seeks support for the publication The Hamza Walker Book of Essays, recognizing the curator’s significant contributions to the contemporary art field and ensuring his place in the art historical record. His essays explore complex art and its relevance to life and current events locally and globally. The first book dedicated to Walker’s writings, this volume collects essays that span two decades of his tenure at the Renaissance Society, where he served as Director of Education and Associate Curator. 

Chicago Public Art Group
$50,000
Chicago, IL
2024

The Chicago Public Art Group (CPAG) seeks support to preserve one of the earliest CPAG murals still extant and one of the few monumental murals created for a labor union, the Union Electrical Workers Mural (1973–74), also known as “Solidarity,” by CPAG cofounder John Pitman Weber and the late Jose Guerrero. Addressing such themes as resilience and the dignity of labor, and representing the story of the UE, industrial unionism, and related social movements, “Solidarity” reflects Chicago’s centrality to the revival of the mural movement of the 1960s and 70s and is significant to the city’s art history and US labor history. The sale of the United Electrical Workers (UE) Hall at 37 S. Ashland Avenue necessitates moving the mural to preserve and conserve it—work to be carried out by Parma Conservation, after which it will be rehoused at the Chicago’s Teachers Union at 1901 West Carroll Street. 

Enrich Chicago
$55,000
Chicago, IL
2024

The service organization Enrich Chicago works to dismantle racist systems in the arts through its professional development programs and research for the local arts sectorThe foundation’s grant supports Enrich’s current research project, “Portrait of Inequity 2.0,” which is assessing progress toward racial equity in Chicago’s arts ecosystem over the last five years and identifying accountability standards for use by the arts sector. Additionally, the grant helps to support Enrich’s operating expenses over two years. 

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
$20,000
Champaign, IL
2024

The publication Supergraphic Landscapes (Applied Research and Design Publishing) is a collaboration between architect Joseph Altshuler and graphic designer Nekita Thomas, both public art practitioners and faculty at the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign, featuring contributions from other designers as well. The book traces the lineages of creative placemaking and chronicles contemporary public art practices and strategies that blend graphic design, architecture, and landscape architecture primarily in Chicago’s South and West Sides, analyzing public art’s role in fostering identity, access, and a sense of belonging. Through case studies and analysis, the authors aim to develop a resource for the arts and design fields, showing how disciplinespanning public art practices can help reimagine public spaces and a more liberatory city. 

Urban Gateways
$25,000
Chicago, IL
2024

The youth-led webzine MILDSAUCE: The Art and Fashion Issue explores the question, “How Does Art Influence Fashion and Vice Versa?” and considers the impact of art and fashion on Chicago artists Nick Cave and the late Virgil Abloh. The young journalists use various media and processes (interviews, writing, video, and podcasting) to tell stories intended to delve deeply into the relationships between contemporary art and fashion in Chicago.  

Sixty Inches From Center
$25,000
Chicago, IL
2024

Sixty Inches From Center, in partnership with the Chicago Park District’s Arts & Culture Unit (ACU), produces a multiauthor publication, Finding Ceremony, with art publisher For The Birds Trapped In Airports and editor Kamilah Rashied. The book chronicles ACU’s inaugural Anchor Curatorial Residency, awarded to Tiffany M. Johnson. Johnson’s residency and exhibition project at the Park District’s Austin Town Hall Cultural Center examined the tensions between safety, care, and the visibility of Black and Brown lives in the municipal space. The book offers a model of community-centered curation, showing how municipalities can leverage their structural, human, and natural resources to empower cultural workers and artists as interlocutors in collaboration with communities.   

National Public Housing Museum
$25,000
Chicago, IL
2024

The Making of the National Public Housing Museum is a multiauthor publication that documents the process of developing a museum centered on the voices and experiences of some of our nation’s most marginalized communities. Featuring essays and interviews, the book details how public housing residents inform the contents of the museum and the ways their stories are shared. Additionally, the book provides a visual narrative for exhibition strategies that embrace art and design and their role in shaping perceptions, knowledge, and emotion around such issues as race, class, gender, and other themes central to our common future, and that serve as a call to our nation. 

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
$35,000
Chicago, IL
2024

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago is launching a seven-day workshop for college and university faculty and instructors, “Chicago Designs: New Approaches to Teaching Social History and Design,” which introduces participants to design-related archives and collections across Chicago. The project brings a critical eye to established design histories and reveals hidden narratives of labor and disability as well as other histories. Participants develop and share teaching resources (syllabi, teaching plans, assignment templates, bibliographies, etc.) based on collection materials, which are gathered on a public website in partnership with area archives and other collecting organizations. 

Hyde Park Art Center
$10,000
Chicago, IL
2024

Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC) on Chicago’s South Side is introducing the series “Let’s Talk About Art,” a five-week program offering the 65+ community an opportunity to safely learn together, celebrate, and discuss projects and exhibitions that are part of Art Design Chicago. Students meet with the artists and designers behind these projects, participate in workshops, and create art inspired by what they have learned. HPAC aims to foster an environment that encourages older adults to connect with other lifelong learners, all while socializing and gaining exposure to the city’s vibrant art scene. 

The Newberry Library
$20,000
Chicago, IL
2024

The Newberry Library hosts three collaborative public programs that foreground overlooked and underappreciated aspects of contemporary arts in Chicago and strengthen relationships between the Newberry and stakeholders across Chicago’s contemporary art scene. The programs—“The Art of the Book in Chicago Collections,” “The Art of Memory: Everyday Life during the Pandemic,” and “Punk Photography, Art, and Design in Chicago”— are presented in person at the Newberry, as well as livestreamed and recorded for later viewing.  

Lawndale Pop-Up Spot
$20,000
Chicago, IL
2024

Lawndale Pop-Up Spot takes the lead in the community art installation segment of a multi-organization project, “Reimagining 16th Street,” intended to transform the 16th Street corridor in North Lawndale. The Pop-Up Spot’s project is designed to engage community members in discussions about the past, present, and future of 16th Street—exploring its origins and current state, and envisioning its potential over the next 30 years. Unfolding in three stages, each comprising three components (a community convening, an artist-led artmaking day building on the community discussions, and an installation), the project aims to enhance public spaces and foster social cohesion, safety, accessibility, and enjoyment for all community members.