Sydney Sidwell is Senior Program Officer and Director of Administration with The Lloyd A. Fry Foundation where she oversees the Arts Education program. The Fry Foundation’s Arts Education program focuses on low-income Chicago children and youth, and is interested in supporting arts education programs that are artistically and intellectually rigorous, engage students in the creative process and offer evidence of learning.
Sidwell also oversees World Relief grantmaking for the Foundation. Most recently, she has co-chaired The Chicago Arts Learning Initiative, a collaborative civic effort to plan and build infrastructure to support and sustain access to arts education for all Chicago public school students. Prior to working with the Fry Foundation, she served as Program Officer and Research Analyst with The Joyce Foundation. At the Joyce Foundation she oversaw the first two years of The Joyce Awards, a competition designed to help Midwest cultural institutions to commission work by artists of color.