In 2018, the Art Center Board initiated the $16 million ART MAKES: COMMUNITY + CHANGE campaign, the largest in our 82-year history, to shift to a tuition-free education model, establish an endowment, and invest in artists and access to arts education for years to come.

Upon completing the campaign, Hyde Park Art Center’s Oakman Clinton School and Studios will shift to a tuition-free model in our core curriculum education programs, making it the nation’s first contribute-what-you-can visual art school for all ages. This radical move culminates Hyde Park Art Center’s ambitious five-year strategic plan dedicated to ensuring more equitable access to artmaking, education, and community engagement for years to come. 


Opening Access to Arts Education

Oakman Clinton School + Studios

Launch the nation’s first multi-generational tuition-free art school; transition core curriculum from a tuition-based model to contribute-what-you-can

Pathways K-8

Deliver broader access to visual arts for 800 K–8 students in neighboring communities—Bronzeville, Hyde Park, Kenwood, Washington Park, and Woodlawn

Teen Programs

Support 150 teen and young adult artists through arts and professional training

Public Programs

Engage the community through a series of artist talks, exhibition openings, free artmaking workshops, and other creative events

Investing in Artists

Teaching Artist Development

Additional resources and trainings for the development of studio work and pedagogical practice for 50 faculty members

Professional Development for Artists

Opportunities for artists growing their careers, both inside the building and beyond, through valuable mentorship and exhibition programs such as the Center and Bridge programs

Jackman Goldwasser Residency

Provide local artists access to long-term, rent- free studio space; and international artists the opportunity to live and work in Chicago

Investing in New Work

Support artists and the creation of ambitious new work to ensure artists, particularly artists of color and women, can mount career-changing exhibitions

Join us!

Hyde Park Art Center’s community has already stepped up with enthusiasm and generosity. Will you join us to ensure that everyone has access to the visual arts?

Total raised so far: $14.4 million



Campaign Co-chairs:

Cynthia Heusing
Walter + Shirley Massey
Richard Wright

Campaign Cabinet:

Gwen Callans
Erika Dudley
Katherine Groninger
Julie Guida
Paul Ingersoll
Justine Jentes
Janis Kanter
Sundeep Mullangi
Carol Rubin
Biff Ruttenberg



Builders Initiative
Julie + John Guida, The Guida Family Foundation


Carol Duncan, in memory of her sister Ina Walker
David C. and Sarajean Ruttenberg Arts Foundation


Abakanowicz Arts and Culture Charitable Foundation
Cynthia Heusing + David Kistenbroker
Justine Jentes + Daniel Kuruna and the Jentes Family Foundation
Joyce Foundation
Janis Kanter + Tom McCormick, Kanter Family Foundation
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Reva and David Logan Foundation
Richard Wright + Valerie Carberry


Allstate Insurance Company
Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
Tim Brown + Jill Riddell
Dan J. Epstein Family Foundation
Joan + Bob Feitler
Denise + Gary Gardner
Theaster Gates
Dedrea + Paul Gray
Katherine Groninger + Molly Meyer
Jackson ® + PPM America
Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
Walter + Shirley Massey
Sundeep Mullangi + Trissa Babrowski
Michael + Sandra Perlow
Polk Bros. Foundation
Robert + Kathy Sullivan
Walter and Karla Goldschmidt Foundation


Alphawood Foundation
The Chicago Community Trust
City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
The Clinton Family Fund, Bruce + Martha Clinton
The Conant Family
Crown Family Philanthropies
DEW Foundation
Helyn Goldenberg + Michael Alper
Illinois Arts Council Agency
Deone Jackman
Jill + Michael B. Lowe
Sonya Malunda + E. Charles Lampley
Lauren Moltz + John Clement
National Endowment for the Arts
Kim + Jim Taylor
Terra Foundation for American Art


Ariel Investments
Asian Cultural Center
Bank of America
Dawoud Bey
Peggy Casey Friedman + Martin Friedman
Stephanie Comer + Rob Craigie
Lawrence Furnstahl + Charles Sitzes
Harper Court Arts Council
Paul + Mariana Ingersoll
Kineret Jaffe + Morton Silverman
Peggy + Yung Bong Lim
Pooja Pittie + Zulfiqar Ramzan
Cari + Michael J. Sacks
Jason + Nina Saul
Zell Family Foundation

*includes donations and pledges 1/1/2018-10/18/2021