3Arts Awards $330,000 to Chicago Artists

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS—The Chicago grant-making organization 3Arts announced that today, November 6, it will award $330,000 to nearly one hundred artists at a ceremony held at the Mid-America Club. In recognition of Chicago-based women artists, artists of color, and artists with disabilities working in the performing, teaching, and visual arts sectors, the nonprofit has selected ten artists who will receive $25,000: Alejandro T. Acierto, Tirtza Even, Ayriole Frost, Mabel Kwan, Will Liverman, Tara Mallen, Meida Teresa McNeal, Ginger Lane, Marcela Muñoz, and Juan-Carlos Perez. In addition, eighty-three artists will receive $1,000 grants as part of its new Make a Wave program, a peer-to-peer giving initiative in which awardees from the previous year choose this current year’s honorees.

“To say it is a privilege to award this many artists in a single year is a woeful understatement; it’s really a dream come true,” said Esther Grisham Grimm, executive director of 3Arts. “Ten years ago, we hoped that one day we would be able to do something like Make a Wave, and we kept that idea afloat until we could figure out how to make it happen. I can’t tell you how excited we are to have turned the reins over to all of the past 3Arts awardees to select the Make a Wave artists and to make that early dream of ours a reality in our anniversary year. I think doing more of what we do is the best possible way to celebrate ten years of supporting Chicago artists.”

Since its founding in 2007, 3Arts has helped artists by providing cash awards, project funding, residency fellowships, and professional development in support of the advancement of their careers. The organization has given more than $2.5 million to more than five hundred artists over the years.

The 2017 recipients of the Make A Wave initiative are:

Dance Artists 
Rachel Bunting 
Keyierra Collins 
Leina`ala Dietmeyer 
Jenn Freeman | Po’Chop, 
Yoshinojo Fujima 
Sarah Cullen Fuller 
J’Sun Howard 
Kevin Iega Jeff 
Anita Fillmore Kenney 
Erin Kilmurray 
Stephanie Paul 
Amaniyea Payne 
Ricky Ruiz 
Darling Shear Squire 
Meghann Wilkinson 
Sara Zalek

Music Artists 
Renee Baker 
Ivelisse Diaz 
Lional “Brother El” Freeman 
Deidre Huckabay 
Ramah Jihan Malebranche 
Alexandra Olsavsky 
Jennifer Ortiz 
Nikki Patin 
Evaristo “Tito” Rodriguez 
James Sanders 
Rae Chardonnay Taylor 
Eddie Taylor Jr. 
Arianne Urban 
Ayanna Woods 
Sadie Woods

Teaching Artists 
Keaton Bell 
Devin Cain 
Ricardo Gamboa 
Eric J. Garcia 
Nicole Marroquin 
Allison Marie Spicer 
Michael Covenant Watson 
A. J. Wester

Theater Artists 
Anna Bahow 
J. Nicole Brooks 
Lili-Anne Brown 
Rinska Carrasco 
Sydney Chatman 
Kurt Chiang 
Richard Costes 
Jessie Fisher 
Kirsten Fitzgerald 
Emjoy Gavino 
Isaac Gomez 
Daniel Kyri 
Kelly O'Sullivan 
Christine Pascual 
Ericka Ratcliff 
Karen Rodriguez 
BrittneyLove Smith 
Vanessa Valliere 
Mary Williamson 
Jay Worthington

Visual Artists 
Carris Adams 
Rozalinda Borcilâ 
Bethany Collins 
Lauren Deutsch 
Stephen Flemister 
Kenyatta Forbes 
Krista Franklin 
Cameron Harvey 
Sonja Henderson 
Sam Kirk 
Blake Lenoir 
Nicole Malcolm 
Yvette Mayorga 
Christian Ortiz 
Susannah Papish 
David Richards 
Josh Rios 
Kellie Romany 
Anna Soltys 
Edra Soto 
Eric Von Haynes 
Rhonda Wheatley 
Danièle Wilmouth 
Debra Yepa-Pappan

November 8, 2017