3Arts provides a rare opportunity for donors to support our city's artists directly and with confidence. We hope that you are encouraged by our work and motivated to join our efforts. 

We consider it our duty and privilege to champion local artists and invest in the creative process that drives art forth and touches people in every corner of our community. 

With the help of organizations and individuals like you who recognize the pressing need for creativity and boundary-breaking human expression in our city, 3Arts has distributed $3.4 million to more than 900 of Chicago's women artists, artists of color, and artists with disabilities. 

In 2009 we increased our annual awards from six to twelve so more artists could weather the recession. In 2010 we added the Teaching Arts category to our awards program. In 2011 we launched an online crowdfunding platform, 3AP (3Arts Projects), to support the creation of new art. In 2012 we added the Dance category to our awards program. In 2013 we expanded our residency fellowships to include a national network of artist communities. In 2014 we increased the amount of our awards from $15,000 to $25,000. In 2015 we launched an unprecedented residency fellowship for artists with disabilities, in partnership with the University of Illinois at Chicago, as well as expanded our partnerships with artist communities to an international network of residency sites. In 2016 we added new residency fellowships at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans and The MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire. In 2017 we celebrated our 10th anniversary and launched Make a Wave, an unprecedented artist-to-artist giving program. In 2018 we decided to embed the groundbreaking Make a Wave program into every awards cycle, so that each annual cohort of ten $25,000 awardees will then select another ten artists for $1,000 grants.

3Arts is like being given oxygen and being told I can finally take a breath.” ~Miguel Aguilar

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