JoVia Armstrong- Teaching Artist, 3Arts Siragusa Foundation Artist
Nothing of significance can be accomplished without imagination, without stretching and flexing our minds, without dreaming.
We consider it our civic duty and a privilege to champion local artists and invest in the essential creative process that drives their art forth and touches all of us, in every corner of our community. That creative energy is the foundation on which the future will be built.
3Arts works to sustain and promote Chicago artists. Our focus on women artists, artists of color, and artists with disabilities stems from the need for a diversity of voices and visions to be supported if our city is to prosper and inspire.
Our programs are designed to support artists in multiple and tiered ways—through validation, promotion, residencies, and unrestricted cash grants that let them know their risk-taking and determination are deeply valued.
Annually, as the result of a nomination and jury selection process, artists producing exemplary work in the performing, teaching, and visual arts will receive awards of $15,000 each to put to use according to their individual priorities. Artists may wish to conduct research, purchase equipment, pay for child care, rent workspace, make health insurance payments, or take the time to focus on the development of new work—it’s up to them to determine their needs. There are no strings attached.