Art Design Chicago is a platform for collaboration aimed at exploring and elevating Chicago’s rich visual art and design histories and creative communities. Developed in partnership with cultural practitioners from throughout Chicago, the initiative seeks to build new understandings of the city through art and design and to strengthen vital connections between its cultural organizations, creatives, and communities. Now in its second iteration, Art Design Chicago offers new opportunities to share the voices and stories, in all their multiplicity, that contribute to the city’s dynamic artistic identity and cultural history. Art Design Chicago will feature a series of exhibitions and events across the city in 2024 as well as projects and programs throughout the preceding years highlighting the diverse individuals, groups, and movements that have made and continue to make Chicago a distinctive hub for creative innovation.
The Terra Foundation recognizes that meaningful encounters with works of art can foster empathy and understanding as well as provide insights into history, culture, and society. Through Art Design Chicago, we seek to stimulate the sorts of conversations and experiences that strengthen the fabric of civic life.
Initiative Content Focus
Art Design Chicago examines the confluence of cultures and ideas that have shaped the city’s art worlds and reveals how the city’s culture has been formed by migrations: of peoples across geographies, of ideas across disciplines, and of influences across time. The initiative explores how this flow and influx of people and ideas have altered creative practices or generated new ones and have furthered the development of networks whose contributions to the history of art and design have been significant.
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 deadline: December 7, 2022.
Publications Grants will be awarded in four rounds, with the remaining LOI deadline: December 7, 2022.
Exhibition Grants will be awarded in two rounds, with the following LOI deadline: August 3, 2022 and March 10, 2023.
Upcoming Grant Opportunities
Public Programs Grants: Grant guidelines will be available in 2022. Grants will be awarded in 2023 and 2024.