Chicago Public Program


Media Burn Archive
$15,000
Chicago, Illinois
2020

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
$15,000
Chicago, Illinois
2020

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
$14,000
Chicago, Illinois
2020

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.

National Veterans Art Museum
$25,000
Chicago, Illinois
2019

To support programming offered in conjunction with the inaugural National Veterans Art Museum Triennial, featuring a survey exhibition exploring 100 years of veteran art, from World War I to the present day. Public programming includes gallery tours, public dialogues, and workshops.

Elmhurst Art Museum
$15,000
Elmhurst, Illinois
2019

To support programming and the development of a guidebook associated with the exhibition What Came After: Figurative Painting in Chicago 1978-98, which surveys the legacy of Chicago Imagism and the next generation of artists who responded to it. Programming includes a panel discussion; two public lectures; gallery tours with artist and exhibition curator, Phyllis Bramson; family day programs; and a student program.

Design Museum of Chicago
$7,000
Chicago, Illinois
2019

To support “Raising Products,” a public programming series that explores the impact and history of African American and Latinx artists and designers on product, fashion, furniture, and brand design in the United States. The project is produced in collaboration with blkHaUS studios, a socially focused creative studio that aims to uplift and transform marginalized communities through design projects at the neighborhood level.

Chicago Humanities Festival
$90,000
Chicago, Illinois
2019

To support a three-year grant for the annual Terra Foundation Lectures on American Art at the Chicago Humanities Festival’s Fallfest, a multi-week celebration of the humanities across Chicago. For more than a decade, the Terra Foundation Annual Lectures have featured respected scholars, critics, and artists who speak about American art topics related to the annual festival theme.

Chicago Architecture Biennial
$50,000
Chicago, Illinois
2019

To support a series of American art- and design-focused public programs as part of the third Chicago Architecture Biennial, in 2019. The programs are intended to stimulate dialogue about contemporary topics related to the built environment, each re-evaluating the historical impact and significance of American art, design, and related archival materials.

Art Institute of Chicago
$150,000
Chicago, Illinois
2018

To support the Terra Foundation American Sources Program: “Teachers Using Artworks as Primary Sources” for the 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 academic years. This intensive program uses American art to build teachers’ and students’ skills in historical inquiry, source analysis, and visual literacy. Primary activities include professional development for teachers, curriculum development, and museum visits for students.

Art21
$10,000
Chicago, Illinois
2017

To support a free public panel discussion and video screening with artist and graphic novelist Chris Ware, exploring the role of comics in American art at the Art Institute of Chicago. The panel discussion is organized in conjunction with the organization’s PBS series Art in the Twenty-First Century.