On June 29, 2017, the Terra Foundation for American Art announced 33 new grants for Art Design Chicago projects given to 31 cultural organizations located in Chicago and beyond and totaling approximately $2.5 million. Grant funds will support a diverse range of exhibitions, publications, and academic and public programs exploring difference facets of Chicago’s vibrant creative history and enduring influence on art and design.
Among the organizations, 15 are receiving Terra Foundation support for the first time, including Bradley University’s Art Department, Chicago Design Museum, Chicago Parks Foundation, National Public Housing Museum, South Side Community Art Center, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Video Game Art Gallery, and University of Chicago Center in Paris, among others.
“We are honored and excited by the scholarly quality, depth, and innovative spirit of our partners’ proposals, and the enthusiasm with which so many organizations took on the opportunity to highlight the dynamic, yet lesser-known, narratives of Chicago. We look forward to continuing to support our many partners in the development of Art Design Chicago and to bringing these exciting exhibitions, publications, and events to the public for their enjoyment,” said Elizabeth Glassman, President and CEO of the Terra Foundation.
Organizations receiving June grants include:
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago
Museum of Modern Art, New York
National Museum of Mexican Art
National Public Housing Museum
Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning & Leadership
Smart Museum of Art at University of Chicago
South Side Community Art Center
Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College
Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art
University of Chicago Arts, Public Art Program
University of Chicago Center in Paris
Video Game Art Gallery
Art Institute of Chicago
Bradley University Art Department
Caxton Club of Chicago
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events
Chicago Design Museum
Chicago History Museum
Chicago Parks Foundation
Chicago Public Library Foundation
DePaul Art Museum at DePaul University
DuSable Museum of African American History
Graham School, University of Chicago
Illinois Executive Mansion Association
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
Koehnline Museum of Art at Oakton Community College
Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University
Organizations still interested in developing public programming for Art Design Chicago have another opportunity to apply for funding. Proposals are due in early fall 2017, and the final round of Art Design Chicago grants will be announced in 2018.
In total, the Terra Foundation is investing $6.5 million in bringing the initiative to fruition. Additional funding for the initiative is provided by Presenting Partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The Chicago Community Trust and Leo Burnett are providing in-kind support.