• Challenge: YOUNG PEOPLE ARE
    NOT GIVEN ENOUGH
    OPPORTUNITIES TO EXPRESS
    THEMSELVES
    response: Inspiring young people to ENVISION
    A MORE JUST WORLD THROUGH STORYTELLING
    ARTS & CULTURE | LITERARY ARTS | ALBANY PARK THEATER PROJECT
  • Challenge: teachers lack
    resources to utilize cultural
    institutions to educate
    students
    response: preparing teachers to enhance
    student learning via cultural institutions
    ARTS & CULTURE | museums & CULTURAL institutions | Garfield park conservatory
  • Challenge: Dance is one of the
    least offered arts programs
    IN Chicago Public Schools
    response: Bringing professional dancers and
    schools together to educate STUDENTS
    ARTS & CULTURE | DANCE | Hubbard Street DANCE chicago
  • Challenge: Chicago lacks
    coordinated access to the
    arts and training of arts
    educators
    response: Creating collaborative delivery of
    arts learning in Chicago Public Schools
    ARTS & CULTURE | SECTOR BUILDING | ingenuity incorporated
  • Challenge: Instructional time
    for visual arts is decreasing
    in public schools
    response: educatiing and inspiring
    youth through visual arts
    ARTS & CULTURE | VISUAL ARTS | marwen
  • Challenge: 38% of 18-24 year
    olds report previously
    having music education
    response: Removing barriers to music
    education and performance
    ARTS & CULTURE | MUSIC | PEOPLE’S MUSIC SCHOOL
  • Challenge: Teachers need
    tools to bring academic
    lessons to life
    response: INSPIRING YOUTH TO LEARN THROUGH
    THEATRE PRODUCTION AND WORKSHOPS
    ARTS & CULTURE | THEATER | STEPPENWOLF FOR YOUNG ADULTS
  • Challenge: CLASSROOM TEACHERS
    ARE NOT WELL TRAINED TO UTILIZE
    THE ARTS AS A LEARNING TOOL
    response: Developing artistically sound school
    and community environments
    ARTS & CULTURE | MULTIDISCIPLINARY | urban gateways

Upcoming Deadlines

Fall 2014


Letter of Intent
Submission Deadline
Monday, June 2

Proposal
Invitation Deadline
Wednesday, June 18

Proposal
Submission Deadline
Wednesday July 9

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Arts & Culture

We invest in sector capacity, creative learning and arts  instruction to allow Chicagoans to gain access to and develop an appreciation for the arts

We believe the best arts education programs exhibit artistic excellence and offer long-term programming and engage students. The importance of arts education is clearly documented. For underserved families, schools may serve as the sole provider of the arts for children.

Yet Chicago Public School students have minimal arts experiences. Budget cuts and an emphasis on standardized tests have cut back or eliminated much art programming in the public schools. To address this deficiency, our portfolio supports arts exposure and arts learning programs. We invest in organizations that effectively deliver meaningful arts programming to students and increase teachers’ ability to utilize the arts. We also invest in organizations that are developing the capacity of the sector.

Arts & Culture portfolios include: