To support Chicago Design: Histories and Narratives, a scholarly publication developed as an outgrowth of the two-day international conference of the same name, presented as part of Art Design Chicago 2018. Foregrounding a broad definition of design in Chicago, the volume is the first to look beyond previously studied examples of modernism, shedding light on lesser known—yet significant—design practices nurtured in Chicago from the late-nineteenth through twentieth century, by virtue of the city’s role as a national hub for printing, advertising, marketing, retail manufacturing, transportation, and design education.
Polish Museum of America
To support research travel to Poland for an exhibition tentatively titled Face to Face with Modernism: Stanislaw Szukalski in Chicago, 1913–23, focusing on the formation of modernist movements and networks in Chicago through the lens of Szukalski’s work, including sculptures, prints, and photographs created during his formative years in the city.
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events
To support At Home in the World: African American Designers in Chicago, a scholarly publication based on the exhibition African American Designers in Chicago: Art, Commerce, and Politics of Race presented as part of Art Design Chicago 2018. The publication serves as the first comprehensive survey of Black design in Chicago, a major center of American product manufacturing and consumer culture in the twentieth century, while exploring the diverse work and worldviews of the city’s African American designers from the start of the Great Migration to today.
National Museum of Mexican Art
To support “Nuestras Historias: Teaching the Story of America through Art” in the 2020–21 school year, which includes professional development for teachers, curriculum development, field trips for students, and artist residencies in classrooms. First supported by the Terra Foundation in 2014, the program makes use of the museum’s collection exhibition and highlights works by Mexican American artists featured in it. This program is aligned to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and serves 20 Chicago Public Schools teachers in a variety of disciplines from up to 15 schools, and 400 students in grades K–12.
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
To support the development and implementation of a pilot teacher professional-development and collaborative curriculum-development program to take place in conjunction with the exhibition Alien vs. Citizen. The program brings together for the first time a cohort of classroom teachers, practicing artists who serve as museum guides, and MCA staff to co-design and evaluate new in-gallery and in-classroom tools and curricula engaging the key themes of the exhibition.
Frank Lloyd Wright Trust
To support “Teaching by Design,” a multi-year program and website that introduces K–12 teachers to Wright’s designs and philosophy and their relationships to contemporary issues in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math (STEAM), along with strategies for integrating art and design into daily classroom instruction. The grant supports 12 professional-development seminars, 100 new online lesson plans, evaluation, and promotion of online teacher resources. Piloted in 2016 with the Terra Foundation’s support, the next iteration serves 90 or more K–12 teachers and 9,000 students from 40 schools, along with 3,000 new website users.
Media Burn Archive
To support “Chicago Lost and Found,” a four-part program series exploring the history of Chicago art and artists. Utilizing its vast collection of archival videos, Media Burn offers a lens into the art scenes of the past through four 90-minute multidisciplinary public programs, featuring documentary clips, panel conversations, live performances, and historical re-enactments.
Hyde Park Art Center
To support public programs to be held in conjunction with an exhibition of contemporary work inspired by the historic South Side Community Art Center, titled Planting and Maintaining a Perennial Garden IV: Demise Shrouds. The public programs highlight how the two institutions have each shaped the arts and art making in Chicago, how arts spaces evolve over time, and how community and art in Chicago intersect through social practice.
Greater Chatham Initiative
To support “Black Arts, Black Power, and the Birth of Kwanzaa,” a free panel conversation exploring the ways in which artists shaped the tradition of Kwanzaa celebrated across the United States. The program, which takes place as part of a Greater Chatham Initiative’s larger Kwanzaa community celebration, features artists and scholars in discussion about the relationship between Kwanzaa and Chicago’s Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and ‘70s.
Scottish Society for Art History
To support a study day titled “Scotland and North America,” organized by the Scottish Society for Art History in association with The Hunterian, University of Glasgow. The study day focuses on the topic of artistic exchange between Scotland and North America between the years of 1714 and 1946, and it consists of four sessions, focusing on the themes of transatlantic influences and networks, patronage and collecting, new research on individual artists, and art and education in Scotland and North America.