Hyde Park Art Center’s ‘Art Makes’ fundraising campaign raises $17 million

Hyde Park Art Center, the renowned non-profit center for contemporary art located in vibrant Chicago, has completed its ART MAKES: COMMUNITY + CHANGE fundraising campaign – the largest in its 83-year history – raising $17 million and surpassing an ambitious initial goal of $16 million. The announcement was made by the Art Center’s Board of Trustees, acknowledging great appreciation for recent generous donations of $1 million and more made by the Clinton Family Fund and Cari and Michael J. Sacks, in plus original donations from the Builders Initiative, Guida Family Foundation, and David C. and Sarajean Ruttenberg Arts Foundation.

As previously announced, the Art Center Board of Directors launched the THE ART MADE fundraising campaign in 2018 to secure an open tuition model of education, create an endowment, and increase funding for access to arts education and artist investment. After successfully completing this campaign, starting with the next class session in Spring 2022, the Art Center will officially move to a new Open Arts contribute what you can to its Oakman Clinton School and Studios, making it the nation’s first open-course visual arts school for all ages.

Via Open Artsall Art Center Common Core courses will now be offered without a fixed tuition price, and all participants will be encouraged to contribute, regardless of their level, in order to empower students from all economic backgrounds to participate in, create and benefit from the vibrant learning environment and community of the art center.

Registration for Spring 2022 courses is now open via www.hydeparkart.org/education for the term beginning March 28. An official public program celebrating the completion of the campaign and the launch of Open Arts is scheduled for Saturday, April 23 as part of the great celebration of the Center d’Art Center Days free quarterly programming. More information about the April 23 event will be announced shortly.

the THE ART MADE campaign was co-chaired by Cynthia Heusing, Shirley & Walter Massey and Richard Wright. In addition, to direct donations, 25% of total funds were committed by the Art Center Board of Trustees, with additional financial support received from local and national foundations and corporate grants, and donations. from dozens of Chicago and art center donors. own South Side neighborhood.

“It was wonderful to see the THE ART MADE The campaign is gaining tremendous momentum with several significant commitments made in the second half of 2021 and early 2022. Hyde Park Art Center plays a unique role in supporting artists and access in its neighborhood, Southside and across the city. Shirley and I are proud to be part of this groundbreaking work and happy to see others join us in supporting this phenomenal institution,” said Walter Massey.

Kate Lorenz, Executive Director of Hyde Park Art Center, added: “With all the challenges COVID has imposed on Chicago communities, we have created a financial model that welcomes everyone, regardless of ability to pay, while enhancing top quality artistic programming for years to come.”

As previously announced, the capital injection will enable Hyde Park Art Center to increase access to art for all and increase investment in artists. In addition, funds raised through THE ART MADE will be dedicated to investing in the Art Center’s ongoing Pathways K-8 programs, providing broader access to the visual arts to approximately 700 K-8 students in nearby communities – Bronzeville, Hyde Park, Kenwood, Washington Park and Woodlawn – while supporting more than 150 teen and young adult artists through its artistic and professional training, for both high school and post-secondary youth (18-25 years old).

Elaine Hegwood Bowen

Elaine Hegwood Bowen, MSJ, is the entertainment editor for the Chicago Crusader. She is the winner of the National Newspaper Publishers Association’s “Entertainment Writing” award, contributed to “Rust Belt Chicago,” and is the author of “Old School Adventures from Englewood: South Side of Chicago.” For information, Old Fashioned Adventures of Englewood – Chicago South Side (lulu.com) or email: [email protected].