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The Board of Directors of 3Arts, the Chicago-based non-profit grant-making organization, is honored to unveil Make a Wave, an unprecedented peer-to-peer giving program in celebration of its 10th anniversary in 2017. This one-time initiative invites all 86 of the past 3Arts awardees to select other Chicagoland women artists, artists of color, and/or artists with disabilities to receive a surprise $1,000 award for a total of up to $86,000 in support.
The annual 3Arts Awards—which provide unrestricted $25,000 awards to ten Chicago artists—along with Make a Wave brings the total amount of 3Arts artist awards this year to more than $330,000. In the past nine years, 3Arts has distributed more than $2.4 million in total funding to nearly 500 Chicago artists.
“Make a Wave magnifies the mission of 3Arts, sending a wave from one artist to another through Chicago’s cultural core,” says 3Arts executive director, Esther Grimm. “Just in terms of our 3Arts awards programs alone, we will support more artists in this single year—more than 90—than we have in all the previous years combined.”
“Receiving a 3Arts Award was a complete game changer for me and my career,” says past awardee, Tanya Saracho. “I am absolutely thrilled that 3Arts has decided to celebrate its 10th anniversary year by doing even more for Chicago artists. That’s a real testament to the organization’s commitment to the city and its creative spirit.”
Recipients of Make a Wave awards will be announced in September 2017. The 10th Anniversary 3Arts Awards celebration will take place on November 6th, 2017, at the Mid-America Club in Chicago’s Aon Center, during which the 2017 3Arts Awards recipients will be announced, and Make a Wave awardees will be publicly honored.