2015 3Arts Community Award

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    • 103% contributed

For the first time ever, the 3Arts Board of Directors is launching a 3AP campaign to raise funds to support a 2015 3Arts Community Award. We invite YOU, the Chicago community, to join us and show your support for one of Chicago’s finest artists while demonstrating our city’s inspiring collective spirit.

“The 3Arts Community Award provides an exciting opportunity for people from across the city to join together to support a remarkable local artist, and, in doing so, to affirm the importance of the art and artists that help give Chicago its soul.” ~Marcia Festen, Chair, 3Arts Board of Directors

Every dollar you contribute makes a difference. And every dollar will go directly to one of ten 3Arts awardees who will be selected by national jury panels and celebrated on October 5 at the 3Arts Awards event.

As is true of all 3AP campaigns, 3Arts will match up to 1/3 of the funding goal, helping to leverage your contribution. Together, we can make art work here in Chicago. 

About This Project

I see little of more importance to the future of our country and our civilization than full recognition of the place of the artist…If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him. ~President John F. Kennedy, Amherst College, 1963

Each year, ten Chicago artists working in the performing, teaching, and visual arts receive 3Arts Awards of $25,000, with no strings attached. Artists may use the awards to defray expenses, pay off debt, purchase equipment, and focus on their creative process—or in any way they see fit.

Every time we give a Chicago artist one of our awards, we are offering up far more than cash. We are sending loud applause for a job well done, gratitude for work that matters to everyone it touches, and a boost of recognition at an important career juncture. There is nothing like the feeling of investing directly in the artists who keep the creative engines revving in our city.

Now, with the 3Arts Community Award, you can join with people from across Chicago to send a powerful message to the artists among us. Let them know that they are deeply valued here and give them a reason to stay.

For more information about the 3Arts Awards, click HERE

Thank yous

Contribute any amount or choose from the levels below.

  • $30
    See your name in lights onscreen at the 3Arts Awards Celebration (October 5, 2015). ($0.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $300
    See your name in lights onscreen at the event, plus in pixels on our website and via special thank-yous on social media. ($0.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $1300
    Receive two free tickets to the 3Arts Awards Celebration (October 5, 2015), with reserved seating, plus all of the above. ($0.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $3000
    You and a guest are invited to lunch with 3Arts, plus all of the above. ($0.00 is tax deductible.)


Founded in 1912, with a history centered on women artists, 3Arts is a nonprofit organization that supports artists working in the performing, teaching, and visual arts in the Chicago metropolitan area, including women artists, artists of color, and Deaf and …

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  • Update 1: Here's what awardees say!
    Posted on June 05, 2015


    Thank you so much to everyone who has donated so far to our Community Award campaign! 

    We'd also like to share this recent comment by 2014 3Arts Awardee Erica Mott, who is helping us spread word about the campaign: 

    "The 3Arts Award impacted the trajectory of my career and linked me to an amazing and far reaching network of inspiring artists and supporters. I can not even express how valuable this organization is to the Chicago arts ecosystem. If you have a few extra dollars lining your pocket, this is the place to deposit them!"

    Update 2: Straight from an awardee's mouth
    Posted on July 28, 2015


    Huge thanks to everyone who has supported and joined this amazing community effort! We are so close to making our goal. We couldn't have done it without all of you. We want to share another recent shout-out from an awardee, below: 

    "I said it and I meant it! It has had a huge impact on my career and life. Thank you to all of the 3Arts Family and Supporters!" (Samuel Roberson, 2014 3Arts Awardee in Teaching Arts)


    • Thank you to the following for contributing to 3Arts with the recommendation that we support this project.

    • Lisa Lee

    • Cat Tager

    • Sydney Sidwell

    • Julie Adrianopoli

    • Marcia Festen

    • Lucy Honold

    • Christy Uchida

    • Chanel Coney

    • Gregory Cameron

    • Rose Parisi

    • Kim Jacobs

    • Gail Sidwell

    • Robin Schachtel

    • Greta Honold

    • Bruce Rodgers

    • Christine Watkins

    • Tekki Lomnicki

    • Virginia Nugent

    • Samuel Greenberg

    • Pamela Stevens

    • Suzanne Plunkett

    • Leslie Ramirez

    • robbin carroll

    • Eric Revels

    • Alison Zehr

    • Unmi Song and the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation

    • Michael M. Lockett

    • Scott Lundius

    • Amina Dickerson

    • mary jane duffy


    • Gregory Lanier

    • Rebecca Willett

    • Mary Morten

    • Antonia Contro

    • Anonymous Supporter

    • Jewel Malone

    • Laura Samson

    • Nikki Will Stein

    • Darcy Addison

    • Brooke Flanagan

    • Christina Noel

    • Debra Hass

    • Anonymous Supporter

    • Rachel McClain

    • Angela FitzSimmons

    • James Hirsch

    • Candida Alvarez

    • Kristina Lowenstein

    • Jon Weber

    • Angelique Power

    • Frank Baiocchi and the Polk Bros. Foundation

    • Cheryl Yuen

    • Matthew Girson

    • Christen Ng

    • Abdul and Rita Qaiyum

    • Debbie Reznick

    • Michelle T. Boone

    • Nan Zabriskie

    • Nicole Losurdo Upton

    • Marianne Philbin

    • Mary Ellen Messner

    • Christy Prahl

    • Chip Fry and the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation

    • Tracie hall

    • alice dubose

    • Lauren Deutsch

    • Josephine Lee

    • Susan Eleuterio

    • Robert Martin

    • Michelle Citron

    • Giselle Mercier

    • Kristin Patton

    • Rochelle Jones

    • Maria Gray

    • Mark Beasley

    • Irene Siragusa Phelps

    • Elaine Boby

    • Philip Hughes-Luing

    • Laura Doherty

    • Jennifer Shanks

    • Marla Gunderson

    • Ruth Lopez

    • David A. Jones

    • Mark Parisi

    • Masha Alexander

    • Sandra Delgado

    • dedrea gray

    • dedrea gray

    • Kate Lorenz

    • Anonymous Supporter

    • Cheryl Yuen and Thomas Chin

    • Debbie Reznick and the Polk Bros. Foundation

    • Anonymous Supporter

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