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The MacArthur Funds for Culture, Equity, and the Arts at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation has provided nearly $100,000 in new grants this year to support professional development opportunities for Chicago's small and midsize arts and culture organizations.

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, or through residencies and masterclasses aimed at enhancing artistic practices through immersive training.

This year's grants will support 58 organizations across an array of artistic disciplines.

16th Street Theater NFP
$2,000 to work with RGW Consulting in April-June 2021 on part one of a process to create sustaining practices through an anti-racist and anti-bias lens

2nd Story
$750 for three staff people to attend the Everyday Justice: AntiRacism as Daily Practice workshop hosted by artEquity June 24-25, 2021

$2,000 for Julia Perkins of MBMD to work curators, the founder, and board in May-June 2021 to develop the south side "Justice Hotel"

A Red Orchid Theatre
$2,000 to work with Flanders Consulting in August-December 2021 to develop a new strategic plan

African American Arts Alliance
$2,000 to work with consultant Michelle Bibbs in November 2021 - March 2022 to develop a new multi-year business plan

$1,200 for the Executive Director to attend National Equity Project's Liberatory Design for Equity training in September-October 2021

Artists' Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions Project
$2,000 for the board of directors to participate in Governance Training from Upside Down Consulting from April-July 2021

beyond this point
$900 for the Artistic Co-director to attend a private workshop with multidisciplinary artist Stefano D'Alessio in Vienna, Austria in October 2021

Bohemian Theatre Ensemble
$500 for four staff people to participate in the Theatre Communication Group Virtual Conference in May 2021

Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre
$2,000 for the Artistic Director to attend the Association of Performing Arts Professionals conference in New York, NY in January 2022

Chicago Composers Orchestra
$2,000 to work with consultant Laura Parsons in August-December 2021 to train staff in marketing strategies and implementation

Chicago Dance Crash
$600 for the Artistic Director and Rehearsal Director to take two Flow Acrobatics courses from Kenan Dinkelmann in November 2021 - January 2022

Chicago Dance History Project
$1,080 for the Executive/Artistic Director to participate in Library Juice Academy’s Digital Curation certificate program in September 2021 – February 2022

Chicago Dramatists
$1,800 for technology training from independent instructor Joseph Fedorko in August 2021 – February 2022 for the Artistic Director

Chicago Film Archives, NFP
$1,385 for the Collections Manager to attend DePaul University’s online Grant Writing course in September-November 2021

Chicago Fringe Opera
$2,000 to work with BLVE Consults in September-October 2021 on Phase One of developing a new strategic plan

Chicago Maritime Museum
$1,350 for the Curator to attend Beloit College’s Introduction to Paper Conservation course in July 2022

Chicago West Community Music Center
$1,390 for the executive director and managing director to attend an introductory class by American Graphics Institute on Final Cut Pro in April 2021

Civitas Ensemble
$2,000 for the president to attend four non-degree leadership courses at Northwestern University in May-August 2021

Concert Dance, Inc.
$2,000 for website features training from Francisco Lora of in April-June 2021 for the artistic director and rehearsal director

Deeply Rooted Productions
$950 for the Marketing Assistant to take The Futur's virtual Designer's Bundle course in August-December 2021

Design Museum of Chicago
$2,000 to work with consultant Sarah Milestone in September-November 2021 to build fundraising capacity for event and major gift donors

Dropshift Dance
$2,000 for staff to participate in digital content creation training with Andrew Henke from May-August 2021

Ensemble Dal Niente
$1,475 for the Executive Director to attend the Chamber Music America Conference in January 2022 in New York, NY

Experimental Sound Studio
$2,000 to work with consultant Crystal Coats on phase one of a strategic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion action plan in September-December 2021

Full Spectrum Features
$2,000 for five staff to participate in human centered design training by Arity Human Centered Design Consultants in April 2021

Global Girls
$1,000 for CPA Tommie Williams to train Global Girls staff on Quickbooks in April-July 2021

Hedwig Dances
$2,000 for Bauhaus curator and scholar Torsten Blume to consult with the Artistic Director in August-September 2021 in Dessau, Germany

High Concept Labs
$950 for Managing Director to attend Northwestern University Kellogg Executive Education program's Nonprofit Finance: Toolkit for Leaders in October 2021

Honey Pot Performance
$1,950 for training in Quickbooks and nonprofit bookkeeping from Jenny Paul of Afable Consulting in September-December 2021 for key staff and board

Hyde Park Jazz Festival
$2,000 for the Executive and Artistic Director to work with FMA/BDO Consultant Gillian Gorra for financial and leadership coaching from April-July 2021

International Children's Media Center
$2,000 for four staff to participate in social media and online training from Drea Gonzalez from April-July 2021

Interrobang Theatre Project
$2,000 to work with Mason-Vivit Consulting Group in September-December 2021 to create a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion plan

$2,000 for co-artistic directors to attend the Hambridge Residence in Rabun Gap, GA in August 2021

Korean Performing Arts Institute of Chicago
$2,000 for training with Dohee Lee in Nanta drumming for five artistic staff in June 2021

Kuumba Lynx
$2,000 for four staff to attend youth organizer training from the School of Unity & Liberation (SOUL) in April 2021

Lucky Plush Productions
$2,000 for consultant Nathanael Cardo to train Lucky Plush staff in use of software in April-May 2021

MAKE Literary Productions
$1,800 to work with Executive Service Corps in August 2021 - January 2022 to strengthen human resource policies and practices

Mandala South Asian Performing Arts
$2,000 for program manager to participate in specialized individual fundraising training from Saily Joshi from May-July 2021

Media Burn Archive
$2,000 for the Executive Director to work with consultants Kristin Patton and Brian Loevner in August-December 2021 on board, donor, and partner development

Midsommer Flight
$2,000 for executive coaching in board development by Rena Henderson Mason for the Artistic Director in August-December 2021

Muntu Dance Theatre
$695 for the executive director to attend the Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management BootCamp in August 2021

NAJWA Dance Corps
$1,040 for the Executive Director to attend the Grantsmanship Center's Grantsmanship Training Program in August 2021

National Cambodian Heritage Museum & Killing Fields Memorial
$1,600 for consultation and training from Chicago Cultural Alliance and Angelica & Associates on phase one of building board capacity in April-August 2021

Otherworld Theatre Company
$2,000 for board and staff to participate in leadership training with Leader Champions from May-July 2021

Physical Festival Chicago
$2,000 to work with consultant Lauren Fisher in April-July 2021 to develop a fundraising moves management system

PlayMakers Laboratory
$695 for the executive director to attend the Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management BootCamp in August 2021

Red Tape Theatre Company
$2,000 for staff to work with Ina Consulting to develop a community engagement framework rooted in antiracism and decolonization in August-December 2021

Roman Susan
$1,650 for public speaking, event, and presentation leadership training with Karyn Taeyaerts in May-August 2021

Sones de Mexico Ensemble
$2,000 for staff to participate in bookkeeping optimization training with Afable Consulting from May-June 2021

Spektral Quartet NFP
$2,000 for the ensemble to attend the Chamber Music America Conference in January 2022 in New York, NY

Strawdog Theatre Company
$690 for two marketing staff to participate in audience development training from Digital World from May-August 2021

Tango 21 Dance Theater
$2,000 for Artistic Director to attend New International Performing Arts Institute’s Physical Theatre & Directing Workshop in August 2021 in Berlin, Germany

Teatro Vista: Theater with a View
$2,000 to work with BLVE Consultants in August-October 2021 to integrate the work of the new Co-Artistic Directors with the Managing Director

The Poetry Forum/RHINO
$500 for a portion of the cost for an associate editor to attend the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference in March 2022 in Philadelphia, PA

The Seldoms, NFP
$1,100 towards travel costs for the Artistic Director and company members for a development residency at Trillium Arts in Asheville, NC in September 2021

Theatre Y
$1,950 for ensemble members to participate in puppetry and mask making training from Michael Montenegro from September-December 2021

Water People Theater Group NFP
$2,000 for the Founder/Executive Director to attend "Design Thinking Fundamentals" course in January 2022 in London, England

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