Forty of Chicago’s Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)-led and BIPOC-focused arts organizations will receive $14.4 million in grants from Chicago’s Cultural Treasures. A four-year initiative to support the city’s diverse arts and culture community, Chicago’s Cultural Treasures selected the recipients through a participatory and community-led grantmaking process. All of these organizations are committed to creating, preserving, and disseminating art stemming from BIPOC traditions, leadership, and culture and contribute to the history and vibrancy of greater Chicago.
Awards range from $140,000 to $575,000. Funders of the initiative include the Ford Foundation, MacKenzie Scott, and Chicago-based funders, including the MacArthur Foundation, Joyce Foundation, Polk Bros Foundation, Terra Foundation for American Art, and Walder Foundation.