January & February Member Spotlight: MacArthur Foundation

In April 2023, the Chicago Commitment at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation launched A Road Together (ART), our regranting partnership with the Field Foundation. Field will regrant $15 million in MacArthur funds over the next five years to offer general operating support to small and mid-sized arts and culture organizations in Chicago with a strong commitment to equity.

Through this regranting partnership, we aim to see a more equitable distribution of MacArthur’s Chicago Commitment resources across the city’s geographies and populations and greater diversity in the organizations that MacArthur supports overall. The ART grantmaking program aligns with our goal to invest in people, places, and partnerships to advance racial equity and build a more inclusive Chicago.

The ART program with Field is a multimillion-dollar investment in Chicago's arts and culture sector made by MacArthur as part of its Culture, Equity, and the Arts (CEA) program. Field regrants MacArthur funds through the ART program to organizations with budgets of less than $1 million, while Chicago-based organizations with annual budgets of $1 million and above may apply directly to MacArthur’s CEA program. Both programs aim to share power through participatory grantmaking processes. Moving forward, nearly all CEA funding will be offered in the form of general operating support, which is essential for stability, sustainability, and the ability to innovate.

We look forward to the announcement of our next round of Culture, Equity, and the Arts grants in March 2024. And, as a member of Grantmakers in the Arts for 12 years, we are excited to share our work and learn from others at the 2024 GIA conference in Chicago.

Learn more about MacArthur’s Chicago Commitment program.

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