Category Archives: Arts Advocacy

These organizations serve the arts and culture and provide services to the arts and culture organizations in the city.

MacArthur Fund Grants

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Through the General Program, the Foundation undertakes multi-year funding initiatives in changing areas of special interest, makes grants responding to unusual opportunities that advance the broad purposes of the Foundation but do not fall within the areas addressed by its two topical programs, supports efforts to improve and diversify television and radio, and funds arts and cultural organizations in the Chicago region.

Support for arts and cultural organizations in Chicago and the region is an expression of civic commitment to the place where the Foundation has its headquarters and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur made their home. Grants are designed to help sustain the cultural life of the city and region.


The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Office of Grants Management
140 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60603-5285

Phone: (312) 726-8000
Fax: (312) 920-6258
TDD: (312) 920-6285


AREA Chicago

AREA Chicago
AREA Chicago
AREA Chicago is a biannual publication dedicated to researching and networking the art, education, and activist practices within the city of Chicago. A stated project goal is “to be a shared space to fuel, debate, refine, express and implement our collective goals for a more desirable and livable Chicago and world”. By producing thematic magazines focused on dynamic fields of practice, AREA connects disparate yet vital work and weaves narratives that bring engaged Chicagoans together through critical writing, media and documentation. Always addressing complex topics through the lens of local grassroots work, AREA Chicago has explored the themes of Privatization/Welfare Cuts, Local Food Systems, and social movement Solidarity History that connects local practice with the rest of the globe. Additionally, AREA Chicago sponsors three related projects: “Infrastructure Lecture Series” dealing with organizational/sustainability issues of activist and cultural groups and the “Peoples Atlas of Chicago: Sites of Relevance” mapping project which takes the form of workshops designed to create subjective and nontraditional maps of the city about different topics, and “AREA Books Imprint” – our most recent side project launching next year. AREA Regularly hosts and co-sponsors public events related to our contributors practices throughout Chicago.
Address: AREA Chicago
  PO Box 476971 Chicago, IL 60647
Email: areachicago(@)

The Illinois Arts Alliance

Since 1982, the Illinois Arts Alliance Foundation (IAAF) has been Illinois’ primary multidisciplinary arts service organization, strengthening the nonprofit arts in Illinois and enabling arts organizations to better serve their communities.

Today, IAA members, partner organizations and donors recognize the organization as one of the most innovative and effective statewide arts advocacy groups in the nation.

We believe that:

  • The instinct to be creative is universal
  • The arts embrace and celebrate diverse perspectives and distinct and numerous forms of cultural expression
  • The arts are integral and must be accessible to the lives of all citizens
  • The arts play an essential role in the social, economic, and educational growth of Illinois and its many communities.



Illinois Arts Alliance/Foundation
203 North Wabash
Suite 1920
Chicago, Illinois 60601
Phone: 312.855.3105 Fax: 312.855.1565