The Harper Court Arts Council issued grants in 2011 totaling $166,000.
Chicago Children's Choir
To support after school music education programs for the Hyde Park Neighborhood Choir.
To support the choir’s education and outreach, ticketing system migration, and Hyde Park concert.
Chicago Public Art Group
To support the continuation of Eccentric Hyde Park public art project.
To support two programs using classic children’s books to teach arts, culture, literacy and critical thinking skills at William C. Reavis Math and Science Specialty Elementary School. Funding will establish a presence in the Hyde Park and Kenwood communities.
For the February 2011 cycle, Court Theatre was awarded a grant to offer enhanced access to performances of and contextual information surrounding the Gershwins' PORGY AND BESS. With this grant, Court will co-curate an exhibit with the DuSable Museum of African American History on the history of the opera through the lens of The Chicago Defender. Court Theatre’s Arts Access for All program enables underserved individuals from Hyde Park and Kenwood to attend productions and participate in outreach programs at Court Theatre free-of-charge or at a highly subsidized rate.
For the November 2011 cycle, Court Theatre was awarded a grant to support its “Arts Access for All” initiative – program that enables underserved individuals from Hyde Park and Kenwood to attend productions, Invisible Man, and participate in outreach programs at Court Theatre free-of-charge or at a highly subsidized rate.
Supports the 61st St. Farmers Market program.
Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust
To support: “Reading, Writing and Robie House” which will provide up to 150 Hyde Park 5th graders with a curriculum that incorporates fine arts, English, math, and social studies.
Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company
Supports the March 2012 production of The Gondoliers.
Hyde Park Art Center
To support the continuation of the Teen and Family Program Series, a set of monthly free drop-in-art-making programs designed by and for south side families.
Hyde Park School of Dance
To support community outreach activities, consisting of scholarships, after-school training in public elementary schools and free and low-cost performances.
Hyde Park Youth Symphony
To support the Symphony's Resident Ensemble and Resident Composer Programs.
Little Black Pearl
To support Little Black Pearl’s Summer program that provides access for 100 participants, ages 7-19, to engage in a six to eight week visual and performance arts training program to help bring awareness to the effects of youth violence with the Chicago Public School system. The Arts=Smarts summer program is considered a “Safe Haven” for youth during the summer months to help end the vicious cycle of violence amongst teenagers.
Muntu Dance Theatre
Supports the Arts for Community Empowerment (ACE) Program which provides experiences in the arts through after-school residences, workshops and ensemble performances for youth, teachers and parents.
Supports fifteen free, drop-in family art programs that will serve approximately 2,300 individuals living in the Hyde Park and Kenwood neighborhoods, as well as a wider Chicago area.
The Renaissance Society
Support for the career survey exhibition and related publication of work by Chicago-based photographer Dawoud Bey.
Harper Court Arts Council
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Chicago, Illinois 60615