Grant Announcement: MacArthur Funds for Culture, Equity and the Arts at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation

The MacArthur Funds for Culture, Equity, and the Arts at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation welcomes requests from small- to mid-sized organizations active in all creative disciplines, including but not limited to dance, film and video, literary arts, multimedia and interdisciplinary arts, museums and collections, music and sound, theater, and visual arts. MacArthur-Driehaus Cycle Two, open now, is for organizations primarily serving Chicago audiences and whose actual expenses in the most recently completed fiscal year were between $150,000 and $500,000 total. The deadline for Cycle Two applications is May 2, 2022 at 6pm Central …

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Refracted Theatre Company — RefrAction Lab

Refracted Theatre Company is now accepting applications for the 2022 inaugural RefrAction Lab, a compensated playwriting opportunity for emerging Chicago playwrights to create full-length plays through a “Refracted” lens. As a company new to the Chicago area, Refracted is looking to the talented Chicago playwriting community to help us develop a new program geared toward creating nuanced, innovative work. About RefrAction Lab:  RefrAction Lab is a playwriting lab for emerging Chicago playwrights interested in developing plays by way of a specific point of entry as the writer. We’re asking: how can a …

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The Chicago Inclusion Project Announces Anti-Racism Workshops for Theatre and Arts Organizations

The staff of The Chicago Inclusion Project is excited to launch a new workshop and continuum developed by staff members Jessica Vann and Arti Ishak. The workshop, entitled “Being Anti-Racist: An Active Action,” is designed for Theatre and Arts organizations looking for a comprehensive deep-dive into Anti-Racist practices and actionable steps toward becoming an Anti-Racist organization. After taking this workshop, companies will have a deeper understanding of where their institution stands, and a clear idea of actions that can be taken to achieve Anti-Racism goals. Inspired by Enrich Chicago & Crossroad’s Continuum …

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Grant Announcement: Rick Bayless’ Family Foundation Opens Annual Theater Grant Applications

Celebrity chef’s foundation makes $300,000 available to Chicago theater companies The Bayless Family Foundation is proud to announce the 2021 “Signal Grant” application is open for Chicago theaters. “We hope these grants can be a lively, bright spark to our city’s theater scene after what’s been a dark time,” said Rick Bayless, the celebrity chef behind the James Beard Award-winning restaurants Frontera Grill and Topolobampo. The “Signal Grant” is being offered in response to the COVID crisis for Chicago’s theatre community, which has been among the hardest-hit industries in the ongoing pandemic …

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Invitation to Apply with Honey Pot Performance for Hub Artist position as Part of We Will Chicago Initiative

As the first citywide planning effort of its type in half a century, We Will Chicago seeks to develop a people-focused vision for all aspects of the Chicago government using three guiding principles: EQUITY. DIVERSITY. RESILIENCY. As part of this work, Honey Pot Performance has been selected as the lead public engagement artist to support aspects of this greater planning initiative. We imagine working with a cross-section of emerging and established cultural workers and community organizers rooted in place. We will harness this process not only to support the creation of a …

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We Will Chicago Artist Encounter on March 10

Chicago theaters have been shuttered for a year. The pandemic has revealed the city’s systemic, economic inequalities to be as devastating as ever. The City of Chicago is embarking on a new comprehensive, citywide plan—the first of its kind in over 50 years—called We Will Chicago. Join Goodman Artistic Associate and director Henry Wishcamper in conversation with Maurice Cox, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Planning and Development as we dive into the vital role Arts and Culture plays in this historic initiative on March 10 at 5PM. Read More.

Coming Back Stronger: Using the Shutdown to Rebuild Audience Loyalty

Thursday, February 18, at 11:00 a.m. PST, hosted by Arts Reach Presenters: Michael Mael & Karen Freeman Led by The Advisory Board for the Arts’ Michael Mael & Karen Freeman, this session will offer: • Practical steps for attracting and retaining new loyal audiences at this moment • Data to back up these recommendations and create a path to move forward • Tangible tools to help your organization effectively market to, communicate with and engage audiences during this extended pandemic period Research from past downturns and crises shows that audiences typically don’t …

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