Art Design Chicago is a platform for collaboration and collective action to explore and elevate Chicago’s rich visual art and design histories and creative communities. The project is intended to build new understandings of the city through art and design, and to strengthen vital connections between its cultural organizations, creatives, and communities.
Developed by the Terra Foundation for American Art in partnership with cultural leaders from across the city, this initiative celebrates the diverse individuals, groups, and movements that have made and continue to make Chicago a distinctive hub for creative innovation.
The first initiative in 2018 brought together more than 95 cultural organizations to examine Chicago’s art and design legacy through exhibitions, public programs, special events, and tours throughout the year, as well as several new publications, resulting in the first large-scale exploration of the topic.
Art Design Chicago 2024
The second iteration of Art Design Chicago, featuring a series of exhibitions and events in 2024 as well as programs throughout the intervening years, offers new opportunities to share the multiplicity of voices and stories that contribute to the city’s dynamic artistic identity and cultural history.
Through Art Design Chicago, the foundation will fund deeply researched exhibitions; convenings such as workshops, symposia, and conferences; public programs; and publications.
To learn about current grant opportunities, eligibility, and our application procedures, read our grant guidelines for Art Design Chicago 2024.
Art Design Chicago 2018
Art Design Chicago 2018 created a citywide partnership between more than 95 cultural organizations that produced 46 exhibitions and more than 300 programs.
The 2018 edition supported the development of scholarly publications and digital resources, such as audio and video, exhibitions, and classroom tools, resulting in 45 publications and digital projects.
Throughout 2018, more than 2.5 million visitors engaged in Art Design Chicago exhibitions and events.