Chicago Sinfonietta receives MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions

Posted on: February 18, 2016

“A cash infusion of more than $6 million is heading to Chicago’s arts community. For the first time, the Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation will direct all of its MacArthur Awards for Creative & Effective Institutions to the city’s arts organizations,” writes Howard Reich in Thursday’s (2/18) Chicago Tribune. “The awards, established in 2006, previously have gone to institutions around the globe covering a wide array of disciplines. This time, grants ranging from $200,000 to $1 million each will be given to 14 Chicago arts groups in jazz, theater, film, dance, opera, visual art and more.” Recipient music groups include the Chicago Sinfonietta, the chamber ensemble known as eighth blackbird, and Chicago Opera Theater. Grants are designed to support the organizations’ long-term sustainability. In a separate press release, Chicago Sinfonietta says it will use the funds to establish its first cash reserve and “quasi-endowment that will enable the organization to make more strategic-driven decisions. All too often, organizations of our size face difficult choices due to occasional cash flow challenges and lack of operating capital. The things that make us different … our commitment to innovative programming and diversity and inclusion, require additional resources.”

Posted February 18, 2016

Pictured: Chicago Sinfonietta and Music Director Mei-Ann Chen