3Arts Awards $330,000 to Nearly 100 Chicago Artists

3Arts, the Chicago-based nonprofit grantmaking organization, is honored to announce the nearly 100 Chicago artists who received unrestricted grants at the 10th annual 3Arts Awards celebration on November 6. The celebration recognized the ten annual 3Arts Awards recipients along with the 83 recipients of Make a Wave—an unprecedented artist-to-artist giving initiative launched in recognition of the organization’s 10th anniversary.

As of now, 3Arts has distributed $3 million in total funding to more than 600 Chicago artists over the past ten years.

Each year, 3Arts honors ten Chicago-based women artists, artists of color, and artists with disabilities working in the performing, teaching, and visual arts sectors. Each 3Arts awardee receives an unrestricted $25,000 grant to use according to their individual needs and priorities. The 2017 recipients are: dancers/choreographers Ginger Lane and Meida Teresa McNeal; pianist Mabel Kwan and operatic baritone Will Liverman; teaching artists Ayriole Frost and Juan-Carlos Perez; actors/directors Tara Mallen and Marcela Muñoz; and visual artists Alejandro T. Acierto and Tirtza Even.

This year's celebration additionally honored recipients of Make a Wave, a peer-to-peer giving initiative in which 83 past 3Arts Awards recipients selected another 83 Chicago artists to receive $1,000 awards. This anniversary initiative was supported by the 10 x 10 Campaign, in which ten individuals, circles of individuals, and organizations each contributed $10,000.

Make a Wave recipients are:


Rachel Bunting
Keyierra Collins
Leina`ala Dietmeyer
Jenn Freeman | Po’Chop
Yoshinojo Fujima
Sarah Cullen Fuller
J'Sun Howard
Kevin Iega Jeff
Anita Fillmore Kenney
Erin Kilmurray
Stephanie Paul
Amaniyea Payne
Ricky Ruiz
Darling Shear Squire
Meghann Wilkinson
Sara Zalek


Renee Baker
Ivelisse Diaz
Lional “Brother El” Freeman
Deidre Huckabay
Ramah Jihan Malebranche
Alexandra Olsavsky
Jennifer Ortiz
Nikki Patin
Evaristo “Tito” Rodriguez
James Sanders
Rae Chardonnay Taylor
Eddie Taylor Jr.
Arianne Urban
Ayanna Woods
Sadie Woods


Keaton Bell
Devin Cain
Ricardo Gamboa
Eric J. Garcia
Nicole Marroquin
Allison Marie Spicer
Michael Covenant Watson
A.J. Wester


Anna Bahow
J. Nicole Brooks
Lili-Anne Brown
Rinska Carrasco
Sydney Chatman
Kurt Chiang
Richard Costes
Jessie Fisher
Kirsten Fitzgerald
Emjoy Gavino
Isaac Gomez
Daniel Kyri
Kelly O'Sullivan
Christine Pascual
Ericka Ratcliff
Karen Rodriguez
BrittneyLove Smith
Vanessa Valliere
Mary Williamson
Jay Worthington


Carris Adams
Rozalinda Borcilâ
Bethany Collins
Lauren Deutsch
Stephen Flemister
Kenyatta Forbes
Krista Franklin
Cameron Harvey
Sonja Henderson
Sam Kirk
Blake Lenoir
Nicole Malcolm
Yvette Mayorga
Christian Ortiz
Susannah Papish
David Richards
Josh Rios
Kellie Romany
Anna Soltys
Edra Soto
Eric Von Haynes
Rhonda Wheatley
Danièle Wilmouth
Debra Yepa-Pappan

Online profiles of artists can be found at www.3arts.org.