Arts & Culture
Investment in arts-based organizations and artists in Chicago that drive cultural opportunities, neighborhood beautification initiatives and opportunities to elevate diverse voices and experiences.
Awarded $5.8 million across 48 grants to community artists under the Together We Heal Creative Place Program to support art projects that promote healing and transformation in Chicago’s neighborhoods, with a focus on communities disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and systemic racism.
Among more than 180 applications, the 48 finalists were selected based on artistic merit, project feasibility, benefit to the community, community engagement experience, and connection to the Together We Heal guiding values.
Conducted six community engagement sessions and issued survey to assess community needs and best use of Arts Relief and Works Fund, in collaboration with Arts Alliance Illinois and Chicago Cultural Alliance
Rolling installation of Together We Heal exhibits and projects throughout 2023-2024.
“unBLOCKED: Undoing the harmful effects of racist Land Sale Contracts”
by Folded Map Project & Chicago Bungalow Association
I come from a generation where public spaces were not allowed for communities of color, and we had trouble accessing them. We were gentrified out of our communities when urban renewal was occurring…so the fact that the City has put together this project for public healing in public spaces is quite remarkable.
Carlos Hernandez | Puerto Rican Arts Alliance