Artists Run Chicago Fund

Hyde Park Art Center awards over a half million dollars to Chicago artist-run spaces.

We are excited to announce the Artists Run Chicago Fund: a two-phase regranting initiative providing over half a million dollars in support of the artist community in Chicago. The first phase will grant awards of $8,000 to each artist-run space that participated in the 2020 exhibition Artists Run Chicago 2.0 (ARC 2.0). Through the Artists Run Chicago Fund, these initial 50 grants are part of a larger initiative that aims to infuse the Chicago artist-run scene with flexible funding during the challenging years of the COVID-19 outbreak. Following this first phase of the grant, there will be a second phase with an open call for artist-run spaces that did not participate in ARC 2.0 to apply for funding. This initiative is being funded by an anonymous donor and is being fully administered by Hyde Park Art Center.

Recipients of the first phase of the Artists Run Chicago Fund include spaces that participated in our Artist Run Chicago 2.0 exhibition: 062, 4th Ward Project Space, 65Grand, ACRE Projects, Adds Donna, AMFM, Annas, Apparatus Projects, Bad At Sports, Blanc Gallery, boundary,Chicago Art Department, Chuquimarca, Cleaner Gallery + Projects, Clutch, Co-Prosperity Sphere/Public Media Institute, Comfort Station, Compound Yellow, D Gallery, Devening Projects, Document, Experimental Sound Studio, F4F, The Franklin, Heaven Gallery, Iceberg Projects, Ignition Project Space, Julius Caesar, Lawrence and Clark, LVL3, Mujeres Mutantes, Ohklahomo, The Nightingale Cinema, Practise, Prairie, Roman Susan, Roots & Culture, Rootwork Gallery, The Silver Room, Slow, The Suburban, Sweet Water Foundation, table, Terrain Exhibitions, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Trunk Show, TRQPITECA, VGA Gallery, Wedge Projects, and Western Pole.

How to Apply to Receive an Artist Run Chicago Grant

The second phase of the grant seeks to award 20 $8,000 grants to artist-run spaces, programs and platforms (ARS/P/P) that did not participate in ARC 2.0 through a juried open call. For the sake of this grant, ARS/P/P is defined loosely as the transformation of storefronts, apartments, warehouses, garages, digital platforms and nomadic existences into environments (parks, lots, streets) in which art can be experienced at its most experimental and critical stage. This might include festivals, collectives, and other artist-driven projects.

The deadline to apply for an Artist Run Chicago Fund Grant is March 31, 2021 at 11:59pm.

Program Goals:

  • To infuse the Chicago artist-run ecosystem with flexible funding during the challenging years of the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • To extend support of ARS/P/P that did not participate in the Hyde Park Art Center exhibition Artists Run Chicago 2.0 and acknowledge their important contribution to the Chicago art community.
  • To give financial support to spaces run by ALAANA (African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, and Native American), queer, womxn artists and/or artists with disabilities.
  • To strengthen the network of ARS/P/P in Chicago.
  • To continue to support artists who are creating opportunities for other artists to show and develop their work through the pandemic.

To be eligible the ARS/P/P must:

  • Have been founded before March 2020.
  • 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 resume.
  • Be able to provide a digital presence of the ARS/P/P (website/social media etc.).
  • Broadly engage with artists, public audiences, and contemporary art.
  • Does not need to own/rent a physical space to apply.

Based on the goals outlined above this program will prioritize applications from:

  • Spaces run by artists identifying as ALAANA (African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, and Native American), queer, womxn and/or with disabilities.
  • Artist-run platforms/spaces located in or emerging from historically underfunded neighborhoods in Chicago, such as Chicago’s West and South Sides.

If you have questions about the grant or application process please contact Mariela Acuña at

A free webinar will address questions related to the grant and the application process on Monday, March 15 at 6pm. RSVP here.