3Arts Announces "Make a Wave"

published: Feb. 27, 2017


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3Arts celebrates 10th anniversary with unprecedented peer-to-peer giving program MAKE A WAVEhonoring more than 80 Chicago artists

STARZ Pour Vida showrunner Tanya Saracho, international opera star Nicole Cabell, and ABC’s Private Practice actor Michael Patrick Thornton among past 3Arts awardees selecting Chicago artists to receive Make a Wave awards

Allstate is Presenting Sponsor for 10th Anniversary 3Arts Awards celebration

CHICAGO (February 27, 2017)—The Board of Directors of 3Arts, the Chicago-based non-profit grantmaking organization, is honored to unveil Make a Wave, an unprecedented peer-to-peer giving program in celebration of its 10th anniversary in 2017. This one-time initiative invites all 86 of the past 3Arts awardees to select other Chicagoland women artists, artists of color, and/or artists with disabilities to receive surprise $1,000 awards, for a total of up to $86,000 in support.

Make a Wave launches this year in addition to the annual 3Arts Awards—which provide unrestricted $25,000 awards to ten Chicago artists—bringing the total amount of 3Arts artist awards this year to more than $330,000. In the past nine years, 3Arts has distributed more than $2.4 million in total funding to nearly 500 Chicago artists. 

3Arts Awards alumni participating in Make a Wave include: international opera star Nicole Cabell; President and CEO of the Chicago Children’s Choir Josephine Lee; ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder writer and STARZ Pour Vida showrunner Tanya Saracho; 2017 Whitney Biennial artist Cauleen Smith; artistic director of Chicago’s The Gift Theatre and ABC’s Private Practice actor Michael Patrick Thornton; SXSW featured participants Fawzia Mirza and Frank Waln; and visual artist Amanda Williams, who has a forthcoming solo show at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and will be creative collaborator on the Obama Presidential Center's museum.

Make a Wave magnifies the mission of 3Arts, sending a wave from one artist to another through Chicago’s cultural core,” says 3Arts Executive Director Esther Grimm. “Just in terms of our 3Arts awards programs alone, we will support more artists in this single year—more than 90—than we have in all the previous years combined.”

“Receiving a 3Arts Award was a complete game changer for me and my career,” says past awardee Tanya Saracho. “I am absolutely thrilled that 3Arts has decided to celebrate its 10th anniversary year by doing even more for Chicago artists. That’s a real testament to the organization’s commitment to the city and its creative spirit.”

The 10th Anniversary 3Arts Awards celebration will take place on November 6, 2017 at the Mid-America Club in Chicago’s Aon Center, during which the 2017 3Arts Awards recipients and Make a Wave awardees will be announced. 

Allstate is the Presenting Sponsor for the 10th Anniversary 3Arts Awards celebration. Make a Wave is supported by the “10 x 10 Campaign,” in which ten individuals, circles of individuals, and organizations each contribute $10,000.

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