Fourteen Chicago arts organizations have been named as recipients of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, which recognizes “exceptional nonprofit organizations that are engaged in the foundation’s core fields of work and helps ensure their long-term sustainability.” The award, presented annually since 2006 to organizations around the world that demonstrate exceptional creativity and effectiveness, provides each organization with $200,000 to $1 million, depending on the size of its budget.
In the area of music, the 2016 recipients are:
- Chicago Jazz Philharmonic–pushing the boundaries of jazz and classical music ($400,000)
- Chicago Opera Theater–staging fresh approaches to opera for new audiences ($800,000)
- Chicago Sinfonietta–building diverse classical music audiences, musicians ($625,000)
- eighth blackbird–creating new classical works through creative collaborations ($400,000)
- Links Hall–supporting artistic innovation and the creation of new work ($200,000)
This year’s recipients are drawn exclusively from Chicago’s arts and culture community in order to strengthen the city’s vibrant cultural life and underscore the foundation’s commitment to its hometown.
The foundation does not seek or accept nominations for these awards.
The Robert D. Bielecki Foundation has presented Pauline Oliveros with a grant of $10,000 towards the completion of “Deep Listening — The Story of Pauline Oliveros” and a $3,000 grant to Ingrid Laubrock in support of her Fall 2016 Intakt Records release.
The Bielecki Foundation seeks to enrich fine art culture while expanding opportunities for individual artist development and audience cultivation. They provide funding to emerging, under-recognized, and deserving artists and organizations across the United States and internationally. There is no application process.
Learn more about Oliveros, Laubrock, and their funded projects.