Driehaus Foundation Receives $12.5 Million from the MacArthur Foundation for Chicago Art Groups

The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation has been awarded a new five-year grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, extending a partnership that has supported Chicago’s smallest arts and culture organizations for almost two decades.

Richard Driehaus, founder and president of the Driehaus Foundation, said the precedent-setting partnership between the Driehaus and MacArthur foundations started in 2000, adding:

At the time, there was little funding available to the growing number of emerging small theater and dance companies. MacArthur and Driehaus both believed that multi-year general operating support was the best way to help sustain these organizations and provide room for growth and creative innovation. There was no model for a partnership like this one. What we created was completely new.

According to a press release, the grants are designed to address the needs of small professional arts and cultural organizations. "The goal is to encourage and advance the richness and variety of programming in Chicago’s vibrant and diverse arts community."

Read the press release here.

Image: Courtesy of Driehaus Foundation / Chicago Dance Crash by Ashley Deran