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Jeffreen M. Hayes. Photo: Milo Bosh.

Chicago Nonprofit Will Award $900,000 to Artists of Color

Threewalls, a cultural nonprofit that supports visual artists in Chicago, has announced that it will award $900,000 to artists who identify as African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, or Native American (ALAANA). The organization will grant $300,000 per year for the next three years to artists of color as well as nonprofits that “demonstrate alternative ways towards racial equity through the lens of radical imagination and social justice.”

The new initiative was launched after Threewalls received $1.2 million from the Surdna Foundation. The funds will also enable the organization to expand its social justice fellowship, RaD Lab+Outside the Walls, which will now be able to support twelve artists who are focusing on community-oriented research and racial justice projects with annual grants of $25,000. The fellowship culminates with the artists presenting installations throughout the neighborhoods of Chicago, making their work easily accessible to the public.

Javier Torres-Campos, the director of the Thriving Cultures program at the Surdna Foundation, credited Threewalls executive director Jeffreen M. Hayes with teaching the organization “about the real impact” of investing in the cultural producers working toward racial equity in their communities. Commenting on the initiative, Hayes said: “We are thrilled about our partnership with Surdna Foundation. It will help Threewalls continue to support so many black artists and artists of color in a holistic way for the next three years and beyond.”

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