The Terra Foundation for American Art has awarded over $300,000 in grants to public and academic programs as part of the Art Design Chicago initiative, which highlights the influence of the city’s art and design history. To date, the Terra Foundation has awarded a total of $5.6 million in grants to 64 organizations in an effort to expand public engagement with Chicago’s cultural community.
In addition to programming by the awardees for Art Design Chicago, the foundation will support an events series called “Neighborhood Days,” which will include tours of cultural organizations and public art around Chicago. In partnership with Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Foundation will also present a program in May titled “Common Practice: Legacies in Art and Design,” which will put late-career artists in conversation with emerging ones and explore connections across generations.
In a statement, the Terra Foundation’s executive vice president and CEO, Amy Zinck, said, “Barriers to access come in many forms, from financial obstacles to a general sense that cultural experiences can be intimidating or exclusionary. Our vision, and that of our partners’, is to start breaking down some of these barriers, by providing a wide-range of events on a diversity of subjects; ensuring that programs are taking place throughout the year and across the city’s many neighborhoods; and also helping to make many of those experiences free or affordable.”