Make a Wave

Make a Wave is a groundbreaking artist-to-artist giving program that erases the traditional gatekeeper by inviting each of the previous year’s 3Arts Award recipients to select another artist to receive a surprise $2,000 grant—in effect sending a wave through Chicago’s brilliant cultural core.

We send special thanks to our 2019 Make a Wave Partner, the Siragusa Family Foundation, and to the Reva and David Logan Foundation, who provided general operating support that enabled us to increase the grants to $2,000 this year. 


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artists sitting in a row in a theater with a spotlight on them


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    Rebecca Beachy

    MAKE A WAVE ARTIST Artist, Writer, Educator

    Rebecca Beachy is an artist, writer, and educator in Chicago whose practice involves deepening attention to the materialities inherent in both urban and natural orbits. Her work engages the many subtleties and the complex relationships we have with the natural …

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    Jacinda Bullie

    MAKE A WAVE ARTIST Teaching Artist, Activist, Performer

    An activist by temperament and daughter of a Choctaw, Jacinda (aka Jah da Amp Mouth) is a practicing mom of three and in love with a mathematical genius. Jacinda is a sage burning Muslim full of gratitude. Prior to rhymes, …

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    Laura Crotte

    MAKE A WAVE ARTIST Actor, Director, Musician

    Laura Crotte, a native from Mexico City with a decade in Veracruz and residency in Chicago for 20 years, is a solo performer, theater actress, stage director, and deviser of multidisciplinary experiences in workshop, training, lecture, or performance formats. Her …

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    Crystle Diño

    MAKE A WAVE ARTIST Art Therapist, Visual and Performance Artist

    Crystle Diño, a Pinay Chicago native, is guided by her passions in the visual, performance, and healing arts, which are rooted in her community and cultural upbringing. She unearths her story and investigates time, place, and relations by incorporating elements …

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    Star Dixon

    MAKE A WAVE ARTIST Dancer, Choreographer

    Star Dixon is an assistant director, choreographer, and original principal dancer of world-renowned tap company, M.A.D.D. Rhythms. She has taught and performed at some of the most distinguished tap festivals in the world. Most recently she performed as a …

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    Uriel Gómez

    MAKE A WAVE ARTIST Costume Designer

    URIEL GÓMEZ is a costume designer. Design credits include the Chicago premieres of Head Over Heels (Kokandy Productions); The Madres, The Wolf At The End Of The Block, Parachute Men (Teatro Vista); Small World, Punk! (The New Colony); …

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    A. Martinez

    MAKE A WAVE ARTIST Visual Artist, Arts & Community Organizer, Poet

    A.Martinez is a poet, visual artist, mother, and community and arts organizer living in Chicago. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Writing Program in 2009 and will release a chapbook of poetry and …

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    AJ McClenon

    MAKE A WAVE ARTIST Performance, Sound & Movement Artist

    AJ McClenon was born and raised in "D.C. proper" and is currently based in Chicago using performance practices, sound, video, movement, theater, and writing to share experiences living in a Black body. AJ holds a Master in Fine Arts degree …

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    Ciera McKissick

    MAKE A WAVE ARTIST Artist, Curator, Producer

    Ciera McKissick is the founder of AMFM, a creative arts brand based in Chicago. She created AMFM, originally a web magazine, as an independent study project during her senior year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she studied Journalism and …

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    Marcela Torres

    MAKE A WAVE ARTIST Visual & Performance Artist, Educator

    Marcela Torres brings into action performance, objects, workshops, and sound installation that investigate the interpellation of our diaspora. Torres has performed at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Three Walls Gallery (Chicago, IL), Performances is Alive (Miami, FL), Fringe Festival …

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