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MacArthur Foundation Awards Grants to 14 Chicago Arts Groups

By Kelly Bauer | February 18, 2016 9:07am
 Teens preform with Young Chicago Authors, one of the groups that received a grant from the MacArthur Foundation.
Teens preform with Young Chicago Authors, one of the groups that received a grant from the MacArthur Foundation.
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CHICAGO — The MacArthur Foundation has awarded $6.5 million to Chicago arts nonprofits.

The organization gives $200,000 to $1 million grants to nonprofits each year. This year's recipients of the award all came from Chicago's arts and culture community "to strengthen the city's vibrant cultural life" and to show the foundation's "commitment to its hometown," according to a news release.

“Chicago’s arts community is vibrant and economically vital to the region. Support for these leading organizations reflects our enduring commitment to Chicago and to its cultural life that enriches us all,” foundation President Julia Stasch said. 

The recipients:

• A Red Orchid Theatre: $200,000

• Albany Park Theater Project: $400,000

• Chicago Film Archives: $200,000

• Chicago Jazz Philharmonic: $400,000

• Chicago Opera Theater: $800,000

• Chicago Sinfonietta: $625,000

• Eighth Blackbird: $400,000

• Hyde Park Art Center: $625,000

• Links Hall: $200,000

• Lookingglass Theatre: $1 million

• Lucky Plush Productions: $200,000

• The Hypocrites: $200,000

• Timeline Theatre: $625,000

• Young Chicago Authors: $625,000

The MacArthur Foundation has invested more than $1 billion in Chicago since 1978, according to the organization.

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