Evanston Arts Council releases 2022 Cultural Fund Grant recipients


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The Evanston Arts Center. The organization was one of 20 local organizations that received funding from the city’s cultural fund.

Yiming Fu, Managing Editor

The Evanston Arts Council will fund 20 local artists, art organizations and community art groups, awarding $70,000 in grants. 

The Cultural Fund Grant recipients range from Claudia Renteria, who works with local organization Evanston Latinos to promote Latine artists, to Chicago chamber music group Crossing Borders Music.

The grant, which was open for applications from February through April, seeks to promote artists who identified as Black, Indigenous and people of color by building community and providing equitable access to the arts. 

More than 80 percent of the awards were granted to BIPOC recipients or programs that serve underprivileged populations, according to the Evanston Arts Council’s Wednesday news release. 

The funding for the grants comes from the city, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council. 

Here is a full list of grant recipients and how much money they received.


Open Studio Project

Northlight Theatre

Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre

Crossing Borders Music

Music Institute of Chicago 


Mudlark Theater

The Actors Gymnasium 

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian 

Claudia Renteria

Melissa Raman Molitor


Mathew Rappaport


Art Encounter

Yeefah Thurman and Lisa Reitman 

Piven Theatre Workshop

Evanston Art Center

Evanston Symphony Orchestra Association 

Haitian Community Organization 

Evanston In-School Music Association


The Musical Offering


North Shore Choral Society

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