2018 3Arts Community Award

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Each year, we invite people from across Chicago to join us in supporting a $25,000 3Arts Award that will be given to a local artist who is making indispensable contributions to our city. We name this award in honor of YOU, the Chicago community, to show how much we all care about our city’s artists.

When you donate to this campaign, you become a champion of Chicago’s women artists, artists of color, and artists with disabilities who work in the performing, teaching, and visual arts. 3Arts will join you by matching up to 1/3 of the funding goal. 

The recipient of the 2018 Community Award, along with the nine other 2018 awardees, will be announced on November 5 at our annual awards celebration at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

About This Project

Each year, ten Chicago artists who reflect our mission receive 3Arts Awards of $25,000, 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 however they wish. For most of them, our award is the first they have received.

There is nothing like the feeling of investing directly in the artists who keep the creative engines revving in our city. With this campaign, you can be part of this incredible support for Chicago artists. 

"Each of us works in our own area of artistic interest, sometimes quietly plodding along year after year, doing our own thing. We don't expect recognition or awards, we just do what we love. But I think we do hope that we might make a difference in people's lives--by expressing ourselves, raising awareness, or making a political statement. And so, if we get that acknowledgement, it makes a deep impression and has a lasting impact." --- Ginger Lane, 2017 3Arts Community Award recipient


Thank yous

Contribute any amount or choose from the levels below.

  • $30
    Your name listed onscreen at the 2018 3Arts Awards celebration on November 5. ($30.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $130
    Above, plus one ticket to a performance featuring a 3Arts awardee. ($80.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $300
    All of the above, plus a chance to win a free roundtrip “Green Pass” courtesy of Southwest Airlines. ($250.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $500
    All of the above, plus complimentary, reserved seats for two at the 2018 3Arts Awards celebration on November 5 and an invitation to the VIP pre-reception. ($350.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $1300
    All of the above, plus we’ll treat you to lunch with the 2018 3Arts Community Awardee. ($1050.00 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: You're making it happen, Chicago
    Posted on March 26, 2018


    We've had a tremendous start to the 2018 3Arts Community Award, thanks to YOU!

    It's a little over two weeks into the campaign and we've raised nearly $7,500 towards our goal. If you haven't done so already, please consider sharing word of this campaign with friends and colleagues. That would mean the world to us and help ensure that we reach more people all across the city who want to show their support for Chicago artists. 

    Thank you again for being among our early champions this year! 

    Update 2: These artists thank you!
    Posted on May 03, 2018


    For the past three years, we have recognized three Chicago artists with 3Arts Community Awards.

    We are so grateful to all of you who have helped donate to this year's campaign, which will recognize another remarkable artist making an indelible mark on our city. 

    Three images of artist recipients of the Community Award left to right

    (Left to right) 3Arts Community Award recipients: Fawzia Mirza (2015), William Estrada (2016), and Ginger Lane (2017).

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