Artists Run Chicago Fund 2024 Application

Application Overview

This unique regranting initiative, designed and administered by Hyde Park Art Center, has provided over one million dollars in support of the artist-run community in Chicago, and we’re still going. Since 2020, the ARC Fund has awarded one hundred and eighteen $8,000 grants to artist-run platforms, infusing Chicago’s contemporary art network with flexible financial support to strengthen their diverse and experimental programs.

This year, the Artists Run Chicago Fund (ARC Fund) seeks to award fifteen $8,000 unrestricted grants to artists-run platforms in Chicago.

Grantees will be selected through a free, juried, open call.

The 2024 Artists Run Chicago Fund is generously supported by the Good Chaos Foundation, the Local South Foundation and The Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation.

  • Important Dates:

    Monday, June 24: Application Opens

    Tuesday, July 23 at 6pm: Artists Run Chicago Fund Workshop 

    Monday, August 5, at 11:59pm: Application Deadline

    December 2024: Funds Distributed

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Program Goals

  • Support artist-run platforms and acknowledge their important contribution to the Chicago art community;
  • Strengthen the network of artist-run platforms in Chicago;
  • Aid self-organizing artists that create more opportunities for other visual artists to show and develop their practice in Chicago;
  • Fund platforms that deliver diverse and experimental programs; and
  • Boost financial support for platforms run by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and support BIPOC artists and communities.

Eligibility Criteria

Organizations must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be an artist-run platform:
    • Artist-run platforms are operated by one or several artists and aim to create opportunities that support other artists’ practices by providing resources, public facing presentations, and more. Artist-run platforms are different from an individual artist’s personal practice or socially engaged projects, which do not qualify. While a socially engaged project might include various participants in collective making, an artist-run platform, as defined here, has the capacity to realize other artists’ ideas. Platforms do not require a brick-and-mortar space to be eligible.
  • Operate in Chicago or its neighboring suburbs.
  • Must have been founded before June of 2023.
  • Be led by artists with a demonstrated visual art practice. Applicants must share samples of their artwork.
  • Broadly engage with artists (other than artists directing the space/platform), public audiences, and contemporary visual art.
  • Must be visual arts focused (DOES NOT include the disciplines of: film, theater, dance, music, or literature unless the platform primarily presents visual art in dialog with these other disciplines).
  • Have annual operating budgets of less than $100,000 (no minimum budget required).
  • Past ARC Fund recipients must have submitted a grant report in order to be eligible.
  • Must not have received an ARC Fund grant in 2023.

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