An Unprecedented Celebration of Chicago Artists During our 10th Anniversary Year

(Updated as of 9/14/17)

Honorary Chairs:

  • Senator Tammy Duckworth 
  • Billy Branch, award-winning Blues musician
  • Josephine Lee, President & Artistic Director, Chicago Children's Choir, and 2008 3Arts Awardee


Event Co-chairs:

  • Rachel Arfa, 3Arts Board member and attorney at Equip for Equality
  • Tracie D. Hall, Director, Culture Program, Joyce Foundation 
  • Amanda Williams, artist and 2014 3Arts/Stan Lipkin & Evelyn Appell Lipkin Awardee


Performances by 3Arts Awardees:

  • Tatsu Aoki with taiko drum ensemble (2010 3Arts Awardee)
  • Lurrie Bellblues guitarist (2009 3Arts Awardee)
  • Jess Godwin, singer/songwriter (2016 3Arts/RH, Restoration Hardware Awardee)
  • Josephine Lee, founder and artistic director of the Chicago Children's Choir (2008 3Arts Awardee)

Make a Wave provides a singular opportunity on the occasion of our 10th anniversary in 2017 to amplify our organization’s mission and applaud nearly 100 of Chicago’s women artists, artists of color, and artists with disabilities.

With Make a Wave, 3Arts celebrates Chicago artists and the ripple effects of their vital work in neighborhoods across the metropolitan area, fueling more artists in a single year through our awards program than we have in the previous ten years combined.

In this peer-to-peer, one-time initiative, we are inviting all 86 of our past 3Arts Awards alumni 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.

By offering an unprecedented opportunity for our past awardees to select the Make a Wave artists and set this one-of-a-kind wave in motion, we hold in esteem their expertise as creative leaders in Chicago and beyond.

Tanya Saracho “Receiving a 3Arts Award was a complete game changer for me and my career,” says past awardee Tanya Saracho (2009 3Arts Awardee, showrunner of upcoming STARZ series, Pour Vida, and playwright of Fade, which recently had its New York City premiere at Cherry Lane Theatre). “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.”

Make a Wave is supported by the 10 x 10 Campaign, in which at least ten individuals, circles of individuals, and organizations each contribute $10,000 to join 3Arts in celebrating local artists.

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, when we will welcome 500 guests to the Mid-America Club at Chicago’s Aon Center.

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