The MacArthur Foundation's International Connections Fund has awarded grants to 18 Chicago nonprofit arts and culture organizations, including Chicago Human Rhythm Project and Deeply Rooted Productions.
The former received $45,000 for intensive community residences in Chicago, Brazil, and Argentina, which will include education programs for youth, public concerts, the creation of new work and collaborative planning.
The latter received $40,000 to support a multi-year residency with a contemporary dance company in South Africa and participation in the JOMBA! Contemporary Dance festival.
Across town and disciplines, the Art Institute of Chicago received a gift of $1 million—one of the largest ever made to the Department of Museum Education. The gift from Cari and Michael J. Sacks will provide five years of funding for TEAM: Thinking Experiences in an Art Museum, a collaboration between the Art Institute and the Chicago Public Schools that encourages students to think critically and creatively.
“The CPS Arts Education Plan provides a long-term strategy to bring the arts to every student in the district,” explains David Vitale, President of the Chicago Board of Education. “Through this investment the Art Institute partnership will play a critical role in achieving a vision for students that fosters innovation, creativity, and critical thinking.”
“With this funding, we will be able to expand and deepen our role in the Chicago Public Schools, ensuring that the children and teachers of today can use the Art Institute as the resource that it is: a treasury of five millennia of creative thought and expression,” adds Douglas Druick, President and Eloise W. Martin Director of the museum.