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. 

A new round of grants coming soon! Ten grantees will be selected through an open application process juried by Chicago-based artists and Art Center staff. Applications for the next round of funding will go live August, 2022.

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.

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


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

Join us for these events in collaboration with our Artist Run Chicago spaces:

The Art of Pride
Date: June 12
Time: 1 – 5pm
Location: Hyde Park Art Center (Parking Lot)
Featuring LGBTQIA artists, vendors and performances from ARC spaces, Oklahomo, Marimacha Monarcha Press, NoNation, QTVC Vendors and more!

Movies in the Lot
Dates: June 30, July 28, August 18 & September 14
Time: 8 – 10pm at Hyde Park Art Center (Parking Lot)
Featuring outdoor film screenings curated by ARC spaces, Concerned Black Image Makers (CBIM), Filmfront, Nightingale Cinema, and Sin Cinta Previa.

Catwalk Concerts

Dates: November 10, December 15
Time: 6-8pmJoin us for concerts on our Jackman Goldwasser Catwalk overlooking Gallery 1, in partnership with Experimental Sound Studio.

Learn more about these events on our website,