The 3Arts Awards program supports our city’s most precious assets—artists. Annually, ten Chicago artists producing exceptional, distinctive work receive $25,000 awards to put to use according to their individual needs and priorities. They may wish to complete projects, purchase equipment, pay for child care, rent workspace, make health insurance payments, or take the time to focus on the development of new work—there are no strings attached.

The significant amount of the award reflects our organization’s desire to have a substantial impact. That impact stretches and deepens when others join our efforts. On behalf of the artists we serve, we are grateful for the extraordinary commitment of our Award Partners.

If you are interested in becoming an Award Partner, please contact us at 312-443-9621.


2018 Award Partners:


the 3Arts Community Award


The Chandler Family

Denise & Gary Gardner

HMS Fund

Stan Lipkin & Evelyn Appell Lipkin

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The SIF Fund at the
Chicago Community Foundation
in honor of Samuel G. Roberson Jr.

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  • 2018

  • T. Ayo Alston (profile image) T. Ayo Alston Dancer & Drummer Southwest Airlines Awardee
  • Sandra Delgado (profile image) Sandra Delgado Playwright & Actor Community Awardee
  • Brittany "BrittanE" Edwards (profile image) Brittany "BrittanE" Edwards Vocalist & Musician SIF Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation Awardee
  • Dianna Frid (profile image) Dianna Frid Visual Artist Chandler Family Awardee
  • Leida "Lady Sol" Garcia (profile image) Leida "Lady Sol" Garcia Teaching Artist & Mentor RH, Restoration Hardware Awardee
  • Ben LaMar Gay (profile image) Ben LaMar Gay Musician & Storyteller Stan Lipkin & Evelyn Appell Lipkin Awardee
  • Huong Ngo (profile image) Huong Ngo Interdisciplinary Artist Reva & David Logan Foundation Awardee
  • Christine Pascual (profile image) Christine Pascual Costume Designer Lakeside Bank Awardee
  • Elgin Bokari T. Smith (profile image) Elgin Bokari T. Smith Graphic Artist & Educator Denise & Gary Gardner Awardee
  • Anna Martine Whitehead (profile image) Anna Martine Whitehead Performance Maker HMS Fund Awardee