Artists Run Chicago Fund

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

Now in its third iteration, the ARC Fund seeks to award fifteen $8,000 grants to artists-run spaces, projects, and platforms (ARS/P/P) in Chicago. NEW and established ARS/P/Ps are eligible to apply for flexible funding to support their work. Grantees will be selected through a free, juried, open call.

Program Goals:
  • To extend support of ARS/P/P (both new and longstanding) and acknowledge their important contribution to the Chicago art community.
  • To strengthen the network of ARS/P/P in Chicago.
  • To support self-organizing artists who create opportunities for other artists to show and develop their practice in Chicago.
  • To give financial support to spaces run by ALAANA (African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, and Native American), queer, womxn artists and/or artists with disabilities.
  • NEW! To fund new ARS/P/P that plan to start-up in 2022


To be eligible the ARS/P/P must:
  • Seek to/or operate in Chicago or its neighboring suburbs.
  • Have annual operating budgets of less than $100,000 (no minimum budget required).
  • Be led by artists with a demonstrated art practice. Applicants must share samples of their artwork and a resume of art-related activities.
  • Seek to/broadly engage with artists, public audiences, and contemporary art.
  • Not have received ARC Fund grants in the past.

For questions about the Artists Run Chicago Fund contact Mariela Acuña at

  • Applications open August 1, 2022. 
  • Deadline to apply is September 15, 2022. Awardees will be notified by November 1, 2022.

Have questions? Watch the video of the info session hosted virtually on Tuesday, August 23.  Click here to watch the video

The Artist Run Chicago Fund is made possible through the generous support from Builders Initiative.

Artists Run Chicago at a Glance

Initiated during the challenging years of the COVID-19 outbreak, the ARC Fund has created breathing room for artist-run projects to continue to innovate and thrive. The grants have increased the platforms’ capacity to pay artists to make new work, hire staff, build residency programs that attract visiting artists to the region, and invest in socially engaged practices.

For over two decades, Hyde Park Art Center has been an ally for independent art spaces. The Art Center presented the first Artist Run Chicago exhibition in 2009 with contributions from 40 spaces in existence between 1999 and 2009. Our 2020 exhibition Artists Run Chicago 2.0 celebrated the work of fifty current artist-run spaces that fuel Chicago’s independent art scene. The Artists Run Chicago Fund was an evolution of this work.