Make a Wave

Make a Wave is an unprecedented celebration of Chicago artists during our organization’s 10th anniversary year—and our birthday gift to our city.

3Arts has invited all 86 of our past awardees to select another 86 artists who will each receive a surprise $1,000 award, in effect sending a wave from one artist to another through Chicago’s brilliant cultural core.

Make a Wave artists will be honored—along with ten additional artists who will receive our annual $25,000 3Arts Awards—at the 10th anniversary 3Arts Awards celebration on November 6.

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10 Years

advocating for Chicago's women artists, artists of color, and artists with disabilities working in the performing, teaching, and visual arts

About 3Arts
2016 Awardees

86 Awards

in dance, music, teaching arts, theater, and visual arts

3Arts Awards are more than cash
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distributed to artists
(so far...)

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90+ Artist Projects

3AP is a hybrid crowdfunding and grantmaking platform that provides project support to artists. 3Arts matches 1/3 of each project, charges no fees to artists, and offers mentoring and technical support.

70+ Residencies

In partnership with an international network of artist communities, 3Arts offers Residency Fellowships that give artists space to test their mettle, see what happens, and take a breath.


We Chicago

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