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Evanston Arts Council releases Cultural Fund grant recipients

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The Evanston Arts Center. The organization was one of 20 local organizations that received funding from the city’s cultural fund.

The Evanston Arts Council will fund 20 local artists, art organizations and community art groups, awarding $70,000 in grants.

The Cultural Fund Grant recipients range from Claudia Renteria, who works with local organization Evanston Latinos to promote Latin artiststo Chicago chamber music group Crossing Borders Music.

The grant, which was open for applications from February through April, seeks to promote artists who identified as Black, Indigenous and people of color by building community and providing equitable access to the arts.

More than 80 percent of the awards were granted to BIPOC recipients or programs that serve underprivileged populations, according to the Evanston Arts Council’s Wednesday news release.

The funding for the grants comes from the city, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council.

Here is a full list of grant recipients and how much money they received.


Open Studio Project

Northlight Theatre

Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre

Crossing Borders Music

Music Institute of Chicago


Mudark Theater

The Actors High School

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian

Claudia Renteria

Melissa Raman Molitor


Mathew Rappaport


Art Encounters

Yeefah Thurman and Lisa Reitman

Piven Theater Workshop

Evanston Art Center

Evanston Symphony Orchestra Association

Haitian Community Organization

Evanston In-School Music Association


The Musical Offering


North Shore Choral Society

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