Visitors exploring Barbara Jones-Hogu: Resist, Relate, Unite 1968-1975 at DePaul Art Museum.

Art Design Chicago 2024

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.

Current Grant Opportunities

Convening 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 deadlines: August 3, 2022 and March 10, 2023.

Upcoming Grant Opportunities

Publications Grants: Revised grant guidelines for print and digital publications projects will be available in September 2022.

Public Programs Grants: Grant guidelines will be available in 2022. Grants will be awarded in 2023 and 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.

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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.

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Throughout 2018, more than 2.5 million visitors engaged in Art Design Chicago exhibitions and events.

Learn about the impact.

Frequently Asked Questions

For additional inquiries, please reference the Art Design Chicago 2024 FAQs.