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The Artist Grant, a community-driven grantmaking initiative implemented by The Reva and David Logan Foundation, has awarded 20 individual artists with unrestricted grants of $2,500 each. 

A group of Chicago-based artists working in diverse disciplines acted as “Designers” of the end-to-end process, which was designed to emphasize accessibility and inclusion, eschewing burdensome platforms and elitist selection processes. The purpose of this pilot is to recognize artists working in Chicago who may or may not be working within the mainstream art world. 

The call for applications yielded 650 applicants. The original intent was to award ten grants; however, due to the volume of applications the Foundation decided to extend the awards to include 20 recipients. The only stipulations within this low-barrier application were that the applicant must be 18+, live within the city limits of Chicago, and self-identify as an artist. Artists with a disability, BIPOC, queer, and/or self-taught/non-formally trained artists were encouraged to apply.

The Artist Grant Awardees

Click through to read more about each of the first annual Artist Grant Awardees

Aaron Holland ••• Colette Ghunim ••• Tara Betts ••• Arthur Sangster ••• Thomas Kong

Felicia Oduh ••• Scott Vincent Campbell ••• J’Sun Howard ••• Jacqueline Sinclair ••• Alma Dominguez

Hope Wang ••• Amy Mall ••• Roah Karim ••• Elizabeth Myles ••• Dawn Renee Jones

Alencia ••• Lorell Augustine ••• Jovan Landry ••• Osiris Khepera ••• Molly Jones

 

The Artist Grant Designers

The first annual program was led by a group of Chicago-based artists who represent a variety of creative disciplines.

eliza myrie, Megan Carney, Jenn FreemanPo'Chop, , Sydney Chatman, Kevin Iega Jeff, Ronnie Malley, Robin Hustle

The pilot was facilitated by Mark james heath