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3Arts

3Arts is a nonprofit organization that advocates for Chicago’s women artists, artists of color, and Deaf and disabled artists who work in the performing, teaching, and visual arts. By providing cash awards, project funding, residency fellowships, professional development, and promotion, 3Arts helps artists take risks, experiment, and build momentum in their careers.

We consider it our civic duty and a privilege to champion local artists and invest in the essential creative process that drives their art forth and touches all of us, in every corner of our community. That creative energy is the foundation on which the future will be built.

Since 2007, 3Arts has supported more than 1,200 artists across all program areas, representing approximately 70% women artists, 67% artists of color, and 17% Deaf and disabled artists working in the six-county metropolitan area, and distributed $4.5 million through our grantmaking.

Profile caption: The 2019 3Arts Awardees at the MCA Profile image by: Robin Subar

3Arts has crowd-funded a project with 3AP

    • $25,750 raised of $25,000 goal
    • 0 Days 0:00:00 LEFT
      • 3Arts matched
      • 103% funded

    For the first time ever, the 3Arts Board of Directors is launching a 3AP campaign to raise funds to support a 2015 3Arts Community Award. We invite YOU, the Chicago community, to join us and show your support …

    Read more about 2015 3Arts Community Award
    • $25,336 raised of $25,000 goal
    • 0 Days 0:00:00 LEFT
      • 3Arts matched
      • 101% funded

    UPDATE: Thanks to your donations, we are thrilled to announce that William Estrada is the 2016 3Arts Community Awardee. 

    It’s time for the 2016 3Arts Community Award, when we invite people from every corner of Chicago to join together …

    Read more about 2016 3Arts Community Award
    • $25,191 raised of $25,000 goal
    • 0 Days 0:00:00 LEFT
      • 3Arts matched
      • 101% funded

    Each year, we invite people from all across Chicago to join us in supporting a $25,000 3Arts Award that will be given to a local artist who is making important contributions to our city. We name this award in honor …

    Read more about 2017 3Arts Community Award
    • $25,710 raised of $25,000 goal
    • 0 Days 0:00:00 LEFT
      • 3Arts matched
      • 103% funded

    Each year, we invite people from across Chicago to join us in supporting a $25,000 3Arts Award that will be given to a local artist who is making indispensable contributions to our city. We name this award in honor of …

    Read more about 2018 3Arts Community Award
    • $24,708 raised of $25,000 goal
    • 0 Days 0:00:00 LEFT
      • 3Arts matched
      • 99% funded
      • 1% to go

    Each year, we invite people from across Chicago to join us in supporting a $25,000 3Arts Award that will be given to a local artist who is making indispensable contributions to our city. We name this award in honor of …

    Read more about 2019 3Arts Community Award
    • $31,951 raised of $25,000 goal
    • 0 Days 0:00:00 LEFT
      • 3Arts matched
      • 128% funded

    CHICAGO SURE IS SHOWING UP during this difficult time when so many artists have lost their livelihoods almost overnight.  

    After reaching our initial goal swiftly, we are keeping this campaign going with a STRETCH GOAL of $30,000 to support the infrastructure of …

    Read more about 2020 3Arts/Southwest Airlines Community Award
    • $7,170 raised of $30,000 goal
    • 34 Days 09:29:50 LEFT
      • 24% funded
      • 76% to go

    “If I were to use mural painting as a metaphor, what we're asking you to do is step up, grab some paint, color in a circle, make a contribution, add to this fund that is going to support this year's …

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