$250,000 In Unrestricted awards 8th annual 3Arts Awards

Ten Chicago artists which included women artists, artists of color, and artists with disabilities working in the performing, teaching, and visual arts were granted a total of $250,000 in unrestricted awards at the 8th annual 3Arts Awards on Monday, Oct. 5.

3Arts Awardees-credit Robin Subar

The event co-chaired by Cheryl Cooke and Chanel Coney, took place at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago and drew guests from the different art sectors in Chicago, art patrons, supporters as well as past award recipients. These 10 3Arts Awardees, dancer Kris Lenzo and choreographer Stephanie Martinez; vocalist Frank Waln and instrumentalist Chihsuan Yang; teaching artists Benji Hart and Chris Silva; actors Allen Gilmore and Fawzia Mirza; and visual artists Cheryl Pope and Fo Wilson, each receive an unrestricted $25,000 award to put to use according to their individual needs and priorities.

Cheryl Cooke, Chanel Coney
Cheryl Cooke, Chanel Coney


The event also featured the world premieres of the dance “Flexing/Fluffing,” by past 3Arts awardee Darrell Jones as well as the music composition “Pretty Ugly,” by past awardee JoVia Armstrong, performed by an ensemble of past awardees including Dee Alexander, Tatsu Aoki, Nicole Mitchell and Avery R. Young.
music ensemble


The Chicago-based 3Arts led by Executive Director Esther Grimm,  to date, has awarded over $1.5 million in total grants to more than 100 Chicago artists in the past eight years. These artists are definitely one’s to watch and keep on your radar. 


Sara Slawnik, Nick Cave
 Sara Slawnik, Nick Cave

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photo credit: The Silverman group


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