MacArthur Foundation announces continued support for arts and culture
June 20, 2012
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation recently announced that it will continue its support for Chicago-area arts and culture programs with $8 million annually over the next five years. The grants range between $3,000 and $100,000 for programs that require additional support for general operations.
More than 200 organizations that conduct performances, engage in community-building, supply educational opportunities and develop exhibitions will benefit from the renewed partnership between the MacArthur Foundation, the Prince Charitable Trusts and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.
The foundation has awarded more than 1,700 grants totaling $180 million since it first launched its support for arts programs in 1979. In addition to this partnership, the foundation is expanding a separate initiative, called the "International Connections Fund," with $1 million in support.
"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."
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