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In addition to the Individual Artists Program grants, 13 high-qualified artists will receive the Esteem Artist Award, a special new $10,000 grant for expenses associated with an artist’s practice within the 2020 grant period, including studio rental, supplies, travel and equipment.
“Arts77” is a citywide arts recovery and reopening plan for all of Chicago’s 77 community areas, representing an initial investment of over $60 million from the Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, the Chicago Parks District, other city agencies and private funding to support local artists and organizations. Additional updates regarding financial grants and programs to support arts recovery will follow in the upcoming weeks.
The COVID-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented strain on the art and culture community; artists and organizations have suffered hardships that will require creativity and collaboration to overcome and rebuild towards equity. DCASE’s 2021 Professional Development Series is being restructured in response to this critical need. Now more than ever, artists and organizations need increased access to resources that will help them rebuild and recover.
In deep partnership with the local dance community, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) Commissioner Erin Harkey have designated 2022 as the “Year of Chicago Dance.”