*Note: The overview and grant guidelines for Art Design Chicago were updated on 9.22.2020 in response to widespread calls for cultural institutions to advance racial and social justice in the face of violence against people of color and inequities in the cultural sphere. The foundation continues to engage in conversations with our grantees and partners with the aim of adapting our requirements and priorities in response to the urgency of the current moment.
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 second iteration of Art Design Chicago, featuring a series of exhibitions and events in 2024 as well as collaborative projects and 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.
Initiative Priorities and Focus
Art Design Chicago 2024 offers a platform to redress omissions and inequities in the portrayal of American art history and contemporary artistic practice. The Terra Foundation is prioritizing projects that will help organizations meaningfully advance their work to become more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible. This emphasis, responding to the current critical moment in our history, represents an evolution of the initiative aimed at embracing and elevating the diversity of American art, experience, and identity. We seek projects that highlight the histories of, and provide opportunities for, Chicago’s diverse makers; are led or informed by a multiplicity of voices; reach audiences that reflect the diversity of Chicago’s communities through inclusive, equitable, and accessible programs; and include collaborations that possess the potential to bring about sustainable and mutually beneficial partnerships across communities and cultures. We recognize that meaningful encounters with works of art can foster empathy and understanding as well as insights into history, culture, and society. Through Art Design Chicago 2024, we seek to stimulate the sorts of conversations and experiences that strengthen the fabric of civic life.
Art Design Chicago 2024 celebrates the diversity of Chicago’s artists and designers now and in the past and the confluence of cultures and ideas that have shaped the city’s art worlds. The initiative will explore how this flow of people and ideas have altered creative practices or have generated new ones, and how this influx has furthered the development of networks that have contributed significantly to the history of art and design. Art Design Chicago 2024 will reveal how the city’s culture has been formed by migration: of people across geographies, of ideas across disciplines, and of influences across time.
The goals for Art Design Chicago are both civic and scholarly:
- To support cultural organizations’ efforts to grow engagement, reach a broad public representing Chicago’s diversity, and make access to arts and culture in Chicago more equitable and inclusive
- To make a lasting contribution to scholarship by supporting projects that enhance the understanding of Chicago’s diverse makers and its histories of art and design, and by bringing a multiplicity of voices and perspectives to the topic
- To give collections of Chicago-related art and design greater visibility and accessibility
Frequently Asked Questions
For additional inquiries, please reference the Art Design Chicago 2024 FAQs.
Current Grant Opportunities
Convening Grants will be awarded in four rounds, with the remaining LOI deadlines: December 7, 2021, and December 7, 2022.
Publications Grants will be awarded in four rounds, with the remaining LOI deadlines: December 7, 2021, and December 7, 2022.
Upcoming Grant Opportunities
Community-Engagement Research & Development Grants related to Art Design Chicago Exhibitions: Grant guidelines will be available in 2021. Grants will be awarded starting in fall 2021.
Exhibition Implementation Grants: Grant guidelines will be available in 2021. Grants will be awarded in 2022 and 2023.
Public Programs Grants: Grant guidelines will be available in 2022. Grants will be awarded in 2023 and 2024.