MacArthur Foundation Commits $8 Million to Chicago Arts Organizations

The Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has announced that it will continue to provide more than $8 million annually over the next five years to some two hundred local arts organizations through renewed partnerships with the Prince Charitable Trusts and Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.

The grants, which range from $3,000 to $100,000, will provide general operating support to theater and dance groups, music nonprofits, visual arts programs, film and media organizations, museums, zoos, and conservatories. MacArthur makes grants directly to the largest arts and culture nonprofits in the region, while for small and mid-size organizations is provided through partnerships with the Prince Charitable Trusts and Driehaus Foundation.

Since 1979, the MacArthur Foundation has awarded more than seventeen hundred grants totaling approximately $180 million to Chicago-area arts organizations. Later this month, the foundation will announce a new, year-long program of workshops led by EmcArts, which teaches local arts groups how to succeed in today's economy.

"As public funding for the arts has decreased, MacArthur's role as a consistent and steady supporter of Chicago arts and culture has become even more critical," said MacArthur Foundation president Robert Gallucci. "We are pleased to continue and to increase our role in sustaining the city's cultural vitality."

"MacArthur Renews Support for Arts and Culture in Chicago." John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Press Release 06/19/2012.