The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) has announced its 2015 IncentOvate Program grant recipients. As a result Court Theatre, the DuSable Museum of African American History, Goodman Theatre, The Joffrey Ballet, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Old Town School of Folk Music will be awarded competitive grants totaling $400,000 to support projects that advance the goals of the Chicago Cultural Plan and Cultural Tourism Strategy.
“This group of IncentOvate Program grantees shows the creativity and ingenuity of our city’s cultural institutions and neighborhood arts organizations,” said DCASE Commissioner Michelle T. Boone. “Each of these projects contributes to the cultural landscape, engages new audiences and reinforces Chicago as an international draw attracting people from all over the world to experience its arts.”
The IncentOvate Program, now in its second year, is part of the Cultural Grants Program of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, which provides more than $1.7 million annually in direct funding to artists, creative professionals and arts and cultural organizations across Chicago – including the CityArts Program, which supports small to mid-sized nonprofits, and the Individual Artists Program. IncentOvate is meant to stimulate cultural innovation and support the city’s larger cultural institutions to foster the creation of new large-scale public arts experiences. This competitive grants program is made possible by Chicago Cultural Plan implementation funds designed to advance priorities articulated in both the Chicago Cultural Plan and the Chicago Tourism Strategy. Twenty-eight applications were reviewed by an independent panel on criteria that included: 1) the innovation of a new program or product; 2) the presence of or collaboration with neighborhood cultural programs or experiences, and 3) the opportunity for audience growth through arts education for all ages, increased access to the arts, the integration of culture into daily life and/or enhanced collaboration across public spaces.
The diverse slate of projects funded are described as follows:
Among other key objectives of the Chicago Cultural Plan, these programs are expected to elevate and expand neighborhood cultural assets, facilitate neighborhood cultural planning, promote the value and impact of culture, foster cultural innovation and strengthen Chicago as a global cultural destination.
For more information about the Cultural Grant Program of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, visit chicagoculturalgrants.org.
The DuSable Museum of African-American History is one of the 6 Chicago cultural institutions being awarded a DCASE IncentOvate award totaling $400,000 this year (photo courtesy of DuSable Museum).
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