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CAC Announces New Benefit for HATCH Projects Artists and $30,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC) is proud to announce that it has received a generous $30,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. This grant will support BOLT Residency and HATCH Projects programs from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.

This funding comes at an important point in CAC’s history. In addition to moving to its new ADA accessible location at 2130 West Fulton Street and removing artists fees from BOLT Residency, as of Fall 2018 CAC will no longer collect artist fees for HATCH Projects. By removing costs to HATCH artists, the residency program will be more equitable, inclusive and accessible to a wider community of Chicago artists.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $30,000 to Chicago Artists Coalition for its hallmark residency programs, BOLT Residency and HATCH Projects. The Art Works category is the NEA’s largest funding category and supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and/or the strengthening of communities through the arts.

“The variety and quality of these projects speaks to the wealth of creativity and diversity in our country,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Through the work of organizations such as Chicago Artists Coalition, NEA funding invests in local communities, helping people celebrate the arts wherever they are.” 

Caroline Older, Executive Director of CAC notes, "We are grateful to the NEA for their support of CAC's BOLT Residency and HATCH Projects. These programs among others enable Chicago artists and curators to grow their practice and communities so that they can succeed in our city."

The Chicago Artists Coalition is a non-profit organization that supports contemporary Chicago artists and curators by offering residency programs, exhibitions, professional development and resources that enable them to live, work, and thrive in the city. CAC is deeply committed to advancing the cause of art and its importance in Chicago’s culture and economy by cultivating a wide-reaching civic, philanthropic and public support network.