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African American Arts Alliance of Chicago (AAAA)

About: “The African American Arts Alliance (AAAA) is a service organization that provides resources in the form of workshops, programs and special events in support of the vision and mission of African American arts organizations, artists and organizations serving African American cultural communities for nearly thirty years.”

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Americans for the Arts

Mission: “Our mission is to build recognition and support for the extraordinary and dynamic value of the arts and to lead, serve, and advance the diverse networks of organizations and individuals who cultivate the arts in America…Connecting your best ideas and leaders from the arts, communities, and business, together we can work to ensure that every American has access to the transformative power of the arts.”

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Arts Alliance Illinois

Mission: “Arts Alliance Illinois fights for arts resources and policies that benefit our members and all Illinois residents. As the only statewide, multidisciplinary organization concentrated on the strength of arts and culture, the Alliance takes on challenges that no single organization or artist can face alone.”

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Broadway Advocacy Coalition (BAC)

Mission: “The Advocacy Coalition Unites Artists, Experts, Students, and Community Leaders to Use Storytelling and Artistry to Combat Systemic Racism.”

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Illinois Arts Council Agency

Mission: “To build a strong, creative, and connected Illinois through the arts.”

What We Do: “The Illinois Arts Council Agency serves the people of Illinois through a variety of grants and services, primarily geared to:

  • Support Illinois’ Arts Sector: Operating and technical support provided to organizations and programs statewide helps keep Illinois’ arts sector vital, vibrant, and accessible to all.
  • Advance Arts Education: The arts can be a part of the education of every single child in this state through the programs, services, partnerships, and collaborations of the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
  • Foster Creativity and Working Artists: Resources, opportunities, and direct support for the work of individual artists — the foundation of Illinois’ creative environment.”

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Mission: “Ingenuity’s mission is to ensure that every student, in every grade, in every school, has access to the arts as part of a well-rounded education.”

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National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA)

Mission: “We are the professional association of the nation’s 56 state and jurisdictional arts agencies. NASAA is a national, not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization that champions public support for the arts in America…Together, NASAA and the state arts agencies advance the arts as an essential ingredient in the well-being and prosperity of our nation’s individuals, communities and families.”

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National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

About: The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), established in Congress in 1965, is an independent federal agency that is the largest funder of the arts and arts education in communities nationwide and a catalyst of public and private support for the arts. By advancing equitable opportunities for arts participation and practice, the NEA fosters and sustains an environment in which the arts benefit everyone in the United States.’

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Performing Arts Alliance

Mission: “The Performing Arts Alliance is the national policy advocate, leadership forum, and learning network for America’s nonprofit performing arts organizations, artists, and allies.”

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Season of Concern

Through its Biscotto-Miller Fund, Season of Concern can provide short-term assistance to anyone in the Chicago theater community facing health concerns, including the effects of COVID-19. If you or anyone you know is dealing with this illness and needs help, you can contact the office via the website,; if you need help in preparing an application for assistance, please contact Jaime Delgado at or Michael Ryzcek at

Theatre Communications Group (TCG)

Mission: “Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, leads for a just and thriving theatre ecology.”

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