ARTS AND CULTURE

The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Awards $120,200 in Professional Development Grants

July, 2017

MacArthur-Driehaus Professional Development Grants support opportunities for lead staff to build new skills or enhance existing skills in the service of the grantee organization. Current grantees are eligible to receive additional support to improve administrative and management skills by attending professional conferences, trainings and workshops. Grantees may also attend residencies and masterclasses aimed at enhancing artistic practices through immersive training.

This year, the MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation provided a total of $120,200 in Professional Development Grants to 66 grantee organizations (about one-third of current MacArthur-Driehaus grantees).

In addition, and in response to needs expressed by many grantees, 39 MacArthur-Driehaus grantee organizations are participating in a free training program in Marketing & Communications with LimeRed Studio called “ArC” (short for Arts Communications).

A complete list of Professional Development Grants and links to grantees’ websites are below. 

Congratulations to the 2017 MacArthur-Driehaus Professional Development grantees!

2017 Professional Development Grants: 


16th Street Theater

$950 for travel, lodging and registration costs for Managing Director to attend the 2017 Ten Thousand Things Conference in Minneapolis in December 2017.

2nd Story

$700 for the Managing Director to attend the Nonprofit CEO Bootcamp at North Park University in August 2017.

A Red Orchid Theatre

$2,500 for the Artistic Director and Managing Director to attend the 2017 TCG National Conference in Portland, Oregon in June, 2017.

Aguijon Theater Company

$500 for lighting designer consultant fees for hands-on training sessions on new lighting console and fixtures.

Asian Improv aRts Midwest

$2,500 for travel and production cost of Annual Japan Day training and performance in San Francisco for the core company members in June 2017.

Barrel of Monkeys

$1,000 for professional development workshops for Company and Board on the topics of Adultism and Movement Building.

Blair Thomas & Company

$2,500 for travel and lodging costs for the managing director to attend the 2017 World Festival of Puppet Theaters in Charleville-Mézières, France

Chicago a cappella

$2,000 for travel and registration costs for the Executive Director to attend the 2017 Chorus America conference in Los Angeles, June 2017.

Chicago Collections Consortium

$700 for new Executive Director to attend the Axelson Center's CEO Bootcamp at North Park University.

Chicago Dancemakers Forum

$2,000 for the Program Director to attend the Independent Sector and Grantmakers in the Arts conferences in Detroit, MI in October 2017. 

Chicago Film Archives

$2,500 for two lead staff to attend the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) conference in New Orleans, November-December, 2017.

Chicago Fringe Festival

$2,500 to send the Executive & Managing Directors to the United States and Canadian Fringe Festival Associations' Conferences in San Diego in November, 2017.

Chicago West Community Music Center

$1,800 for the Artistic and Managing Directors to take an intensive 2-day training in Photoshop.

Civitas Ensemble    

$2,500 for on-site marketing training to strengthen the ensemble's online presence and to reach broader audiences with more effective storylines.

Collaboraction Theatre Company             

$2,500 for the Artistic Director, Director of Development, and Associate Artistic Director to attend the TCG National Conference in Portland, OR, in June 2017.

Deeply Rooted Dance Theater   

$650 for the Development/Operations manager to attend the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Fundamentals of Fundraising course in July 2017.

Dropshift Dance

$1,600 for immersive training in video installation techniques and implementation.

Erasing The Distance

$2,000 for onsite training with a consultant for Executive Coaching & Facilitation, August-December 2017.

Experimental Sound Studio  

$1,600 for travel, lodging, and registration fees for the Creative Audio Archive Archivist to attend the annual Society of American Archivists conference in Portland, Oregon in July 2017.

Fifth House Ensemble

$1,450 for travel and lodging for two members to present at the National Symposium on Juvenile Services in October of 2017 in Orlando, FL.

Filter Photo, NFP

$1,300 for the Director of Operations to attend the 2017 PhotoNOLA Festival in New Orleans.

First Floor Theatre

$1,400 for the Artistic Director to attend the Pacific Playwrights Festival in San Diego, CA in April 2018.

Free Street Theater

$1,200 for one lead staff member to attend a 10-week Grant Writing course at DePaul University, September - November, 2017. 

Global Girls

$2,000 for travel, accommodations, and registration for staff to attend master classes and workshops at St. Louis Black Repertory Theatre Company in August 2017.

Hedwig Dances

$2,500 for travel and accommodations for Artistic Director's research trip to Germany (Bauhaus choreographic research/development; cultivation of relationships for touring/cultural exchange).

High Concept Labs

$1,800 for travel, lodging, and registration for the Executive Director to attend the annual Alliance of Artists Communities annual conference in Denver in October 2017.

HotHouse

$2,400 for travel, lodging, and registration fees for the Executive Director to attend the Primera Linea conference in Havana, Cuba in September 2017.

Interrobang Theatre Project

$2,000 for a board development consultant in the Summer-Fall of 2017.

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art

$1,400 for the Curator to attend the 2017 Association of Art Museum Curators Annual Conference & Meeting in New York, May 2017.

Jackalope Theatre Company

$2,000 for the Artistic Director to attend the Theatre Communications Group (TCG) conference in Portland, OR in June 2017.

Khecari

$2,500 for two Artistic Directors to attend an international choreographers' exchange in the Czech Republic in July 2017.

Kuumba Lynx

$2,000 for a professional development training series for teaching artists in Transformative Justice and building a Culture of Consent in Spring-Summer 2017.

KV 265

$2,500 for accommodations and registration costs for the Executive Director and Director of External Affairs to attend the League of American Orchestras conference in Detroit, June 2017.

Latitude, Inc

$2,300 for the Lab Technician to attend a New Piezography workshop at Cone Editions in Topsham, VT, September-October 2017.

Links Hall

$2,500 for the Associate Director to attend a major gifts initiative called “Links to Japan” October - November, 2017 in Japan.

Live The Spirit Residency

$2,000 for travel and registration costs for the Executive Director to attend the Association of Performing Arts Presenters and the Jazz Connect Conference in New York in January 2018.

MAKE Literary Productions

$1,500 for onsite consulting to develop and begin an implementation plan for board development and recruitment.

Mandala South Asian Performing Arts

$1,950 for the Program Manager to take an online course in Nonprofit Fund Development through the University of Notre Dame.

Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak

$2,300 to support ensemble members' travel to project-development residency at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, in August 2017.

MOMENTA! Inc

$650 for the Associate Executive Director to take an online course in Arts Marketing through the University of Massachusetts - Amherst.

Mordine & Company Dance Theater

$2,500 for travel and registration costs for the Managing Director and Artistic/Executive Director to attend the 2017 Dance/USA Conference in Kansas City, MO.

Muse of Fire Theatre Company

$2,000 to send the Board Chair and Managing Producer to the Shakespeare Theatre Association Conference in Cincinnati, OH, in January 2018.

NAJWA Dance Corps

$2,000 for two lead staff members to attend Kankoran West African Dance Company’s Annual African Dance and Drum Conference in Washington, D.C. in September of 2017.

The Neo-Futurists

$2,500 for two lead staff to attend the SalesForce/Patron Manager Community meeting and the Neo-Futurist summit in New York in August 2017.

The Plagiarists

$2,000 for specialized one-on-one training and workshops in costume design in December, 2017.

The Poetry Forum/RHINO  

$2,000 for two editors to attend the 2018 Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference in Tampa, FL in March of 2018.

Pride Films and Plays

$900 to send the Artistic Associate to the 2017 Pride Youth Theater Alliance in Ann Arbor, MI in August 2017.

RE Dance Group

$2,000 for travel and registration for the Executive Director and Artistic Director to attend the 2018 Movement Research's MELT Winter Workshop in New York City.

Redtwist Theatre

$1,200 for the Associate Artistic Director to attend the annual National New Play Network showcase and networking event in December 2017.

Rembrandt Chamber Musicians

$1,500 for the Artistic Director and two board members to attend four board-training sessions at the Arts & Business Council of Chicago.

Rivendell Theatre Ensemble

$2,000 for the Artistic Director and Managing Director to attend the National New Play Network’s National Showcase of New Plays in December 2017 at the Orlando Shakespeare Festival in Florida.

Route 66 Theatre Company

$2,000 for the Artistic Director to attend the TCG National Conference June 8-10, 2017 in Portland Oregon.

Same Planet Performance Project  

$1,000 for travel and registration fees for Artistic Director to attend a Fighting Monkey  workshop in Toronto, Canada in September 2017.

Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center

$2,500 for the Executive Director to attend the Womex World Music Expo 2017 in Katowice, Poland.

The Seldoms

$2,000 for instruction fees for Gaga technique master teachers in Chicago and Austin to work with ensemble members.

Silent Theatre Company

$2,000 for travel, lodging and registration fees for the Artistic Director to attend the 2017 Creative Problem Solving Institute Conference in Buffalo, NY.

The Space/Movement Project

$600 to attend the 2017 BIDE>Lab Meeting in Barcelona, Spain.

Spektral Quartet

$2,500 for travel costs and coaching fees for consultant/cellist Fred Sherry to advise the ensemble on the quartets of Arnold Schoenberg.

Spudnik Press Cooperative

$1,500 for the Executive Director to attend management and leadership programs at the Kellogg Center for Nonprofit Management.

Steep Theatre Company

$2,500 for the Artistic Director and Executive Director to attend the TCG National Conference in June 2017 in Portland, Oregon.

Synapse Arts Collective

$1,100 for the Director to attend the 2017 Arts Midwest conference in Columbus, Ohio, in August of 2017. 

Theatre Y

$2,000 for vocal and song training for the ensemble in the Fall of 2017.

Third Coast Percussion

$1,300 for instruction fees and accommodations for a Shona Mbira teacher to work with members of Third Coast Percussion in Chicago.

ThreeWalls

$1,800 for travel and registration for the Executive Director to attend the 2017 Alliance of Artists Communities Convening in Denver, Colorado

Walkabout Theater Company

$2,500 for the ensemble to engage in a week-long intensive in vocal technique with a master vocalist in September 2017.

Winifred Haun & Dancers            

$1,650 for on-site website upgrade and staff training.

Photo of Khecari by Dan Merlo

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