Grants 2008

The Harper Court Arts Council issued grants in 2008 totaling $300,000 to inaugurate its grant program. Awards included approximately $100,000 in support of community business and economic development and $200,000 in support of arts and culture programs.


57th Street Children’s Book Fair
Organization and Enhancement Project to professionalize the organization, generate new book-related activities and performances, and encourage the ongoing participation of independent booksellers

Chicago Children’s Choir

Hyde Park Neighborhood Choir

Chicago Public Art Group

Public art project to produce a series of mosaic panels for installation in the 57th Street pedestrian underpass of Lake Shore Drive

The Civic Knowledge Project/South Side Arts & Humanities Network

South Side Roundtables, a peer-mentoring program that brings together small and emerging South Side arts and culture organizations to share experiences and build their abilities

Court Theatre

Arts Access, a program that provides free tickets to Court productions to under-served populations from the Hyde Park and Kenwood communities

DuSable Museum of African American History

Martinmas Day program, an annual tribute in film/documentary screenings and performances celebrating the life and legacy of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.

Experimental Station

61st Street Farmers Market

The Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company

2009 production of Ruddigore

Hyde Park Art Center

Anniversary Celebration, 70 Days for 70 Years, a program including public events, exhibitions, artist-talks, and opportunities for the community to showcase its own talents

Hyde Park Cultural Alliance

2009 Jazz Festival

Hyde Park Neighborhood Club

Generations Together Program, a multi-tiered intergenerational program that includes seniors working with young participants on art and reading and seniors and teens working together on an oral history project

Hyde Park School of Dance

Community outreach activities including after-school training in public elementary schools, scholarships, and free and low-cost public performances

Hyde Park Suzuki Institute

Scholarship program to enable students from economically disadvantaged families to receive high quality private and group musical instruction

Hyde Park Youth Symphony

In-house musical coaches and Master Classes for ensemble groups, and scholarship support to families in need of tuition support

Kalapriya Center for Indian Performing Arts

Free dance workshop program as part of the music and dance event Asia Ahead

Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago

Dancing Thru the Decades, a youth and community engagement initiative with schools and community-based organizations

Quad Communities Development Corporation

Bronzeville Community Market program, including an initiative to offer a venue for small business vendors and entrepreneurs to introduce their products and services at the Community Market

The Renaissance Society

To support a survey exhibition of work by Chicago painter Jim Lutes