Art Design Chicago


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. 

The Richard H. Driehaus Museum
$20,300
Chicago, IL
2024

The Richard H. Driehaus Museum launches public programming for its A Tale of Today: Materialities exhibition, challenging conventional interpretations of the Gilded Ageera Nickerson Mansion by inviting a diverse group of contemporary artists to develop new work offering a critical response to materials used in its construction and decoration. The programming includes two free community days, hands-on workshops, and panel discussions. The exhibition and its programs uncover the hidden cultural, economic, political, and ecological histories and networks reflected in the materials, inviting visitors to consider the global systems that the Nickerson family participated in to build and decorate their home with imported materials as well as the contributions of unrecognized artists and laborers from around the world who played a pivotal role in constructing it. 

Design Museum of Chicago
$22,000
Chicago, IL
2024

The third annual Chicago Sukkah Design Festival takes place in North Lawndale. This festival features design-literacy programming and pays tribute to the weeklong Jewish harvest holiday of Sukkot. It serves as a platform for fostering dialogue and enhancing solidarity between the Jewish community with historical ties to North Lawndale and the predominantly Black community residing there today. The event brings together a diverse group of architectural designers and representatives from community organizations to collaboratively design and construct sukkahs (small outdoor pavilions). These sukkahs are then entrusted to the community organizations for continued use after the festival ends. 

Sixty Inches From Center
$$30,000
Chicago, IL
2024

Sixty Inches from Center is hosting the reimagined Chicago Archives + Artists Festival, a multi-day event that serves as a platform to promote awareness of cultural archives; share archival best practices; and foster relationships among artists, archivists, librarians, curators, and cultural producers from Chicago and the Midwest. Key goals are the empowerment of all artists to actively contribute to the cultural record to benefit Sixty’s partner archives by encouraging new donations, the fostering of collaboration among disparate archives, and the enhancement of public awareness of Chicago’s archival resources to shape an inclusive future. The project specifically engages artists and archives that bring underrepresented voices and histories to the forefront.