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About Hyde Park Art Center

Hyde Park Art Center Receives Prestigious MacArthur Award
In Recognition of Extraordinary Creativity and Effectiveness

We're pleased to share the exciting news that Hyde Park Art Center is a 2016 recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions! The Award recognizes exceptional nonprofit organizations who have demonstrated creativity and impact, and invests in their long-term sustainability with sizable one-time grants.

Hyde Park Art Center is one of the nation’s leading community art centers and a model for how an institution can develop its city’s artists while remaining accessible and relevant to the community. For more than 75 years, the Art Center has been a resource for making, learning about, seeing, and discussing visual art by providing studio art classes, exhibitions, outreach programs, and art­making events to community members of all ages from Hyde Park, the surrounding South Side community, and across Chicago. Serving 45,000 visitors annually, the Art Center facilitates ways for the public to interact with artists and the art­making process.

Filling critical program gaps to enable artists to grow, develop, and take risks, the Art Center provides exhibition space, artist residencies, and professional development for emerging contemporary artists – a rare resource in Chicago. Hundreds of successful Chicago artists had one of their first major exhibitions at the Art Center, a testament to its investment in local, emerging talent.

The Hyde Park Art Center will use its $625,000 MacArthur Award to supplement its cash reserve and broaden access to its resources through technology tools.

“This Award will have an enormous impact on our ability to invest deeply in artists and the creativity of the city for many years to come,” said Kate Lorenz, Hyde Park Art Center’s Executive Director. “It offers us the flexibility and stability to dream big for our community in the coming years.”

The award has been presented annually since 2006 to organizations across the country and around the world that demonstrate exceptional creativity and effectiveness. This year’s 14 recipients are drawn exclusively from Chicago’s diverse arts and culture community in order to strengthen the city’s vibrant cultural life and underscore the Foundation’s commitment to its hometown.

“These superbly imaginative organizations exemplify Chicago’s thriving arts and culture community, which is vibrant and economically vital to the region,” said MacArthur President Julia Stasch.

According to MacArthur, the Award is not only recognition for past leadership and success but also an investment in the future. For these Awards, the Foundation does not seek or accept nominations. To qualify, organizations must demonstrate exceptional creativity and effectiveness; have reached a critical or strategic point in their development; show strong leadership and stable financial management; have previously received MacArthur support; and engage in work central to one of MacArthur’s core programs.

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