2022 3Arts/BMO Community Award

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Become a champion of Chicago artists by supporting the 2022 3Arts/BMO 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 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. 

Any funds raised above our goal will support 3ER (3Arts Emergency Response) grants to artists experiencing financial hardship.


About This Project

“This Community Award is an extraordinary honor because it says the work that artists are doing to connect people in our communities, to make sure the stories that they have, the vision that they have, the sounds that they have, the movement that they have, the rhythms that they have—matter. I'm honored to be a part of that tradition of artists who are committed to making a difference.”
~Emily Hooper Lansana, 2021 3Arts/BMO Community Awardee

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 toward whatever 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.

Save the date! We will announce the new Community Award recipient on November 7 during the 2022 3Arts Awards celebration.

Here's what our Community Award ambassadors have shared:

“The thing about Chicago as this major city, this big town, is we're really a small town. We have these small, diverse communities across this major city. I really think this campaign has that feel, with all of these groups coming together to support artists.”
~Erica Hubbard, 3Arts Board of Directors

“It means so much to those of us who are not artists, all those donors out there who are thinking about supporting, to know that their $10, or $15, or $100, are giving back in such a big way.”
~Alice DuBose, 3Arts Board of Directors

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 2022 3Arts Awards celebration on November 7. ($30.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $130
    Above, plus "Exhale," the debut solo music album by 3Arts Awardee Caitlin Edwards. ($105.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $300
    Above, plus a designed tote by 3Arts Awardee Luis Sahagun. ($240.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $500
    Above, plus an invitation for you and a guest to a performance featuring a 3Arts artist. ($365.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $1000
    Above, plus an exclusive meet-and-greet with the 2022 3Arts/BMO Community Awardee. ($765.00 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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