2017 3Arts Community Award

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Funded on May 15, 2017
    • 101% contributed

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 of the community to show how much we all care about our city’s artists.

Nearly 100 Chicagoans gave to this city-wide effort in 2016. This year, we’re hoping that even more people pitch in—at any amount, $1 dollar and up—and show their support for the local artists who make Chicago thrive.

It's a great year to be part of this effort as we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of 3Arts and unveiling our Make a Wave program, an unprecedented peer-to-peer initiative in which we invite all 86 of our past awardees to identify another 86 artists who will each receive a surprise grant of $1,000.  

The recipient of the 2017 3Arts Community Award will be announced on November 6 at our 10th Anniversary 3Arts Awards celebration held at the Mid-America Club in downtown Chicago.

“Last year, I was standing at the podium with all these names scrolling behind me. What an amazing feeling it was to know that all these Chicagoans support art in our city.”
~ William Estrada, 2016 3Arts Community Awardee

“The thing I love about what 3Arts is doing is that art is the glue that ties all of our communities together. The Community Award gives Chicagoans the opportunity to embrace one of these artists as their own.”
~ Erryn Cobb, 3Arts Board of Directors

Please join us. Every dollar you contribute will go directly to one of ten 3Arts awardees selected by a national jury panel later this summer. 

About This Project

When you donate to this campaign, you become a champion of Chicago’s women artists, artists of color, and artists with disabilities who work in the performing, teaching, and visual arts. Each year, ten Chicago artists who reflect that mission receive 3Arts Awards of $25,000, with no strings attached, as the result of a nomination and national jury process. Artists may use the awards to defray expenses, pay off debt, purchase equipment, and focus on their creative process—or in any way they see fit.

Every time we give a Chicago artist one of our awards, we are offering up far more than cash. We are sending loud applause for a job well done, gratitude for work that matters to everyone it touches, and a boost of recognition at an important career juncture. There is nothing like the feeling of investing directly in the artists who keep the creative engines revving in our city.

With the 3Arts Community Award campaign, you can be part of this incredible support for Chicago artists. As is true of all campaigns we support on our 3AP platform, 3Arts will match up to 1/3 of the funding goal, helping to leverage your contribution. 

"With this 3Arts Award, I'm reminded that we have the power to reimagine our world, to celebrate our lives and tell our stories, that together we build community right where we stand. Opportunities like this are rare, and I am so grateful for the chance to grow my practice and continue giving back to people through my art."
~ William Estrada, 2016 3Arts Community Awardee

Thank yous

Contribute any amount or choose from the levels below.

  • $30
    Your name listed onscreen at the 10th Anniversary 3Arts Awards celebration on November 6, 2017. ($30.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $130
    Above, plus a special invitation to attend a private 3C (3ArtsConnects) salon event that brings 3Arts awardees together with 3Arts supporters. ($130.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $300
    All of the above, plus two tickets to a performance featuring a 3Arts awardee, and a chance to win a free roundtrip “Green Pass” courtesy of Southwest Airlines. ($250.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $1300
    All of the above, plus complimentary, reserved seats for two at the 10th Anniversary 3Arts Awards celebration on November 6, 2017, and an invitation to a private VIP reception. ($1100.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $3000
    All of the above, plus we’ll treat you to lunch with the 2017 3Arts Community Awardee. ($2750.00 is tax deductible.)


3Arts is a nonprofit organization that supports 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 …

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  • Update 1: 19% Funded - Thank you!
    Posted on April 05, 2017


    Thank you to everyone who has donated to the 2017 3Arts Community Award campaign so far! We are 19% funded and getting a great response from people all across Chicago. Our past awardees are also helping to spread the word, including this from jazz vocalist Dee Alexander:

    "A jewel in the Chicago community that supports women artists, artists of color and artists with disabilities!! Chicago is blessed to have 3Arts as they continue to make a wave throughout our rich community of artists!" (Dee Alexander, 2012 3Arts/Southwest Airlines Awardee in Music)

    Please consider telling your friends about this campaign, and asking them to join you in showing Chicago artists how much they mean to our city. 

    Thank you!

    Update 2: 67% Funded - We're rallying!
    Posted on April 20, 2017


    Thank you, Chicago! Let's keep the momentum going! Do you have a friend or fellow arts lover who also may want to join this effort? Our goal is to beat last year's record and get more than 100 people to sign on as Community Award supporters. Please help share the word, and thank you!

    https://www.facebook.com/3Arts/ #3arts     @3artschicago

    Erryn and William

    Update 3: 3 days left, so close!
    Posted on May 12, 2017


    We are so close to our goal with just 3 days left! Thank you so much to everyone who has donated so far. Your support shows artists that they mean the world to our city.  

    Don't just take our word for it. Hear it straight from an artist who received this award:

    "This 3Arts Community Award changed my life. And the fact that it was funded by different people including artists from across the city of Chicago and across communities validated my entire existence and work as an artist." ---- Fawzia Mirza, 2015 3Arts Community Award recipient

    Please consider sharing word of this campaign with your friends and any others who value Chicago's art and artists. Thank you!

    Update 4: Announcing the 2017 3Arts Community Awardee
    Posted on November 14, 2017


    Big thanks again to everyone who donated to our 2017 3Arts Community Award campaign earlier this spring. In case you missed the news, we announced last week at our 10th anniversary 3Arts Awards celebration that dancer/choreographer Ginger Lane is the recipient of this year's award. Read more about Ginger and her remarkable work in physically integrated/inclusive dance on her awardee profile page: https://3arts.org/artist/ginger-lane/  

    Thank you for helping to show Ginger and so many other Chicago artists how much they and their work are valued in our city!

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