June/July Member Spotlight: The Field Foundation

The Field Foundation of Illinois is a private and independent foundation that, along with its strategic partners, distributes more than $10 million in grants to organizations working to address systemic issues in historically marginalized areas of Chicago. To support community power building, The Field Foundation directs to grantmaking in Chicago's creative sector, local news outlets, organizers, and civic infrastructure. Learn more at www.fieldfoundation.org.

Building on the success of last year’s inaugural A Road Together (ART) grant program, established in partnership with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Field Foundation is gearing up for its second year. What’s more, Field is excited to share that beginning in 2025, the ART program will shift its grantmaking approach to focus solely on providing multi-year, general operating grants based on recommendations of a participatory panel of Chicago arts-leaders.

The ART initiative is rooted in the belief that arts and culture organizations play a vital role in Chicago’s identity, economy, and social fabric. The initiative prioritizes organizations with a commitment to racial equity in their programming and those that serve historically underserved communities. Through a participatory grantmaking model, the program empowers communities to shape the allocation of resources.

Working together with ART grantees, the Field and MacArthur Foundations aspire to make a sustainable impact in advancing racial and social equity by enabling more Chicagoans to dream and flourish while accessing platforms for art and cultural expression in their communities. We plan to announce our newest cohort of ART grantee partners in November. Stay tuned!

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