2021 3Arts/BMO Harris Bank Community Award

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Funded on May 14, 2021
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STRETCH GOAL! Thanks to BMO Harris Bank and the generous donors who helped us reach our initial goal, we are now inviting contributions to refuel our 3ER (3Arts Emergency Response) program. Many artists in the 3Arts network are still experiencing financial losses and hardship due to the pandemic shutdown. Any additional funds received in this campaign will go toward 3ER to help artists in need.

“If I were to use mural painting as a metaphor, what we're asking you to do is step up, grab some paint, color in a circle, make a contribution, add to this fund that is going to support this year's community artist.”
~ Dorian Sylvain, 2020 3Arts/Southwest Airlines Community Awardee

“This is an opportunity for Chicago to say, ‘This is something I care about, this is something I value, and even if I don't have huge dollars to put toward it, my piece is going to make a difference.’”
~ Acasia Wilson Feinberg, 3Arts Board of Directors

Become a champion of Chicago’s women artists, artists of color, and Deaf and disabled artists who work in the performing, teaching, and visual arts by supporting the 2021 3Arts/BMO Harris Bank Community Award campaign. Every contribution, from $5 and up, will collectively fund a $30,000 unrestricted award that will be given to an extraordinary artist who is making a difference in our community. This year, with the generous support of BMO Harris Bank, your contributions will be matched up to $15,000.

Save the date! We will announce the new Community Award recipient on November 1 during the 3Arts Awards celebration.

About This Project

Each year, ten Chicago artists who reflect our mission receive 3Arts Awards of $30,000, with no strings attached. Artists may use the awards to support new work, pay off debt, purchase equipment, travel, or start a savings account---or however they wish. For most of them, our award is the first they have received. 

An unrestricted award is significant on its own, but 3Arts Awards represent more than just cash. They are the entry point to career-spanning support that helps artists build momentum over time. 3Arts awardees are eligible for project funding, residency fellowships, informal and formal professional development, and promotion. Learn more about the 3Arts Awards selection process and past recipients.

Thank yous

Contribute any amount or choose from the levels below.

  • $10
    Our eternal gratitude! Every amount counts and will make an artist feel valued. ($10.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $30
    Above, plus your name listed onscreen at the 2021 3Arts Awards Celebration on November 1. ($30.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $130
    Above, plus an invitation to a performance featuring a 3Arts Awardee. ($100.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $300
    Above, plus the music album "Dreams of a New Day" by 3Arts Awardee Will Liverman. ($255.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $500
    Above, plus a signed copy of "Golem Girl," award-winning memoir by 3Arts Awardee Riva Lehrer. ($425.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $1000
    Above, plus a meet and greet with the 2021 3Arts/BMO Harris Bank Community Awardee. ($875.00 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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