$ 13.$ 8 million already secured, including generous donations of over $ 1 million from the Builders Initiative and the Guida Family Foundation, as well as other foundation grants and individual donors with a focus from its South Side community. Public campaign phase now active.

The board of directors of Hyde Park Art Center proudly announces that starting in spring 2022, the famous nonprofit center for contemporary art in Chicago’s bustling South Side will transition to a tuition-free model in its core education programs, which will make him the country’s premier contributor-what-you-can visual arts school for all ages. This sweeping move culminates the Hyde Park Art Center’s ambitious five-year strategic plan dedicated to ensuring more equitable access to artistic creation, education and community engagement for years to come.

In 2018, the Art Center Council launched the $ 16 million project ART MADE fundraising campaign, the largest in its 82-year history, to secure a tuition-free education model, establish an endowment and increase funding for general operations and artist investment in the years to come. the ART MADE campaign, co-chaired by Cynthia Heusing, Walter & Shirley Massey, and Richard wright, has raised $ 13.8 million to date, largely through three generous top donations: over $ 2 million provided by Builders Initiative, $ 1 million from the Chicago-based company Guida Family Foundation, and $ 500,000 from the Chicago-based company David C. and Sarajean Ruttenberg Arts Foundation. The Art Center Board of Directors has played a critical role in the success of the campaign, committing more than 25% of the total funds raised to date. Additional support was received from local and state foundations and corporate grants, in addition to gifts from dozens of donors in Chicago and the South Side of the Art Center. The remaining funds are now being sought to complete the campaign; for more information on supporting Chicago artists and arts education with any size donation, please visit www.hydeparkart.org/art-makes.

“During our planning, we heard that people appreciate the heritage of the Hyde Park Art Center, our support for Chicago artists, and the way the institution contributes to the identity of the local community. Above all, we have heard that our programs are making a impact– adolescents develop their voices, artists tackle daring and ambitious projects and families find a creative home. Our neighbors, artists, students and volunteers have reinforced the unique role the Art Center plays in building bridges between social networks, sparking civic dialogue and showcasing the best of our city. We have also heard that we can do more and the campaign allows us to do it, ”said Justine Jentes, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Hyde Park Art Center.

Added Kate lorenz, Executive Director of the Hyde Park Art Center, “We know that artists are essential to a thriving society, and we aim to invest in the Chicago arts community at all levels by removing tuition fees as a barrier, by making our public programs richer and more attractive to everyone, and increased support for artists. It is truly a pivotal moment in our history. “

Increase access to art for all

The Oakman Clinton School and Studios at Hyde Park Art Center annually welcome nearly 2,000 students of all ages and abilities with nearly 200 courses in the visual arts. Core curriculum classes comprise approximately two-thirds of all offerings and include core art center programs at all learning levels and in all art media, from ceramics, painting and drawing to engraving and digital photography. In order to provide students from all walks of life with the means to participate, create and benefit from the dynamic learning environment and community of the Art Center, with registration in spring 2022, all Core program courses will be offered without a fixed tuition fee and all participants will be invited to contribute in any way they can, at whatever level they are capable. Through this restructuring of the school and studios, Hyde Park Art Center will proudly become the first tuition-free visual arts school in Chicago and the country for all ages.

In addition, the sums collected thanks to ART MADE will be dedicated to investing in the Art Centre’s ongoing Pathways programs offering greater access to the visual arts for some 700 kindergarten to grade 8 students in neighboring communities—Bronzeville, Hyde Park, Kenwood, Washington Park and Woodlawn – in addition to supporting more than 150 adolescent and young adult artists through its arts and vocational training for both high school and post-high school youth (18-25 years old). Engaging more with the community, the Art Center currently hosts a strong series of artist talks, exhibition openings, free artistic creation workshops and other creative events; increased funding for public programs will provide an even greater platform and space for artists, community members and peer organizations to collaborate and contribute to civic dialogue and social awareness.

Increase investments in artists

Equally essential is a deeper investment in professional artists. Current Hyde Park Art Center initiatives that will receive increased funding include teacher / artist development teacher for its 50 current faculty members through additional resources and training for the development of studio work and teaching practice, as well as offer professional opportunities to artists develop their careers, both inside the building and beyond, through valuable mentoring and exhibition programs such as the Center and Bridge offerings.

In addition, the Art Centre’s Jackman Goldwasser Residence currently offers local artists long-term access to rent-free studios, and international artists the opportunity to live and work in Chicago. Building on that, the residency program will expand its international presence building on exchanges where Chicago artists travel overseas and connect to the global stage while international artists and curators visit Chicago to connect with our local artists. And finally, the Art Center will invest in new works, support artists and the creation of ambitious new works to ensure that artists, especially artists of color and women, can put on career-changing exhibitions.

About the Hyde Park Art Center

Hyde Park Art Center, at 5020 South Cornell Avenue in Chicago’s vibrant South Side, is a hub for contemporary arts in Chicago, serving as a gathering and production space for artists and the community at large. to cultivate ideas, impact social change and connect with new networks. Since its inception in 1939, Hyde Park Art Center has grown from a small collective of quirky artists to a strong legacy of risk-taking and experimentation and has grown into a unique Chicago arts institution with social impact. The art center functions as an amplifier for the creative voices of today and tomorrow, providing space to cultivate and create new works and connections. For more information, please visit www.hydeparkart.org.


Kayleen C. Rice