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Chicago Artists Coalition Selected as a Grantee of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Arts Innovation and Management Program

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Chicago Artists Coalition Will Receive Part of $30 Million Investment to Strengthen Programming and Organizational Capacity

Chicago, IL — Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC) today announced that it is a grantee recipient of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program. Through the two-year initiative, Bloomberg Philanthropies is providing $30 million across 262 small and mid-sized nonprofit cultural organizations around the country to help strengthen their operational and programming efforts, including training in fundraising, audience development and board member engagement.
Executive Director, Caroline Older notes, “We are pleased and honored to have been selected as a grantee of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ AIM program.  The grant provides the CAC with important operating support and the two-year AIM program with critical capacity building tools.  We look forward to working with AIM leaders and our fellow Chicago grantees. “
The invitation-only program supports nonprofit cultural organizations based in six cities: Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles and San Francisco. All organizations are locally or internationally recognized nonprofits that have been in existence for at least two years. The grantees are required to participate in a management training program; secure matching funds; ensure 100% board participation in fundraising;  and maintain up-to-date information in the Cultural Data Project, an online financial & data collection platform that assists arts organizations across the country to collect, learn from, and use data effectively. The grants are unrestricted so that recipients can use them to address their greatest needs.
Bloomberg Philanthropies is partnering with the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland to develop curricula and conduct trainings for the AIM program in each city. The comprehensive workshops engage organizations around activities that strengthen their long-term health and goals and include consultations and implementation support for arts managers and their boards.
First piloted in New York City, Bloomberg Philanthropies supported 245 grantees through AIM from 2011-2013. Participating organizations reported improvements in audience development, board engagement and fundraising over the two-year program.
About Chicago Artists Coalition
CAC is an artist service organization dedicated to empowering artists by providing professional resources, programming and advocacy to build a sustainable arts marketplace. Founded in 1974 by a group of local artists committed to securing a better future for
Chicago’s artistic community, the organization’s early coalition-building and advocacy efforts provided the foundation for our city’s bustling artistic community.  Today, CAC offers exhibition opportunities and work-space residencies for artists (BOLT Residency & HATCH Projects), a unique hybrid of professional development and educational resources (FIELD/WORK and LAUNCH), a robust online network (Chicago Artists Resource - CAR), and public programs that bridge artists and the communities in which they live and work (Collectors Circle, The Annual, Special Projects).  CAC serves as a primary connector and resource for thousands of artists, arts organizations, and a diverse arts public.
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About Bloomberg Philanthropies 
Bloomberg Philanthropies works to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. We focus on five key areas for creating lasting change: arts, education, the environment, government innovation, and public health. The arts are a valuable way to engage citizens and enhance communities. Through innovative partnerships and bold approaches, the Bloomberg Philanthropies arts program works to increase access to culture using new technologies, empower artists and strengthen cultural organizations to reach broader audiences.
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About the DeVos Institute of Arts Management
The DeVos Institute has served more than 1,000 organizations from over 80 countries since Michael M. Kaiser founded it during his tenure as President of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The Institute has designed its services to assist a wide range of institutions, from traditional performing and presenting organizations, museums and galleries, arts schools and libraries, to botanical gardens, glass-making studios, public art trusts, and non-profit cinemas, to name a few. The DeVos Institute transferred its activities and offices from the Kennedy Center to the University of Maryland in September 2014. The move enables the Institute to expand its global training and consulting programs, enhance its fellowships for North American and international arts managers within the context of a major educational institution, and create a Master’s program that leverages both University and Institute resources.
Contact:  Caroline Older, Executive Director
312-491-8888 x101