Grants 2012

The Harper Court Arts Council issued grants in 2012 totaling $160,000.


Chicago Children's Choir

To support after school music education programs for the Hyde Park Neighborhood Choir.

Chicago Chorale

To support the Chicago Choral for its Hyde Park concert appearances in the 2012-2013 season, its educational initiatives, and the recording of its fall concert, The Sealed Angel: A Russian Liturgy by Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin.

Chicago Sinfonietta

To support the 2013 educational outreach programs – SEED (Student Ensembles with Excellence and Diversity). This program serves nine Chicago high schools, two of which are in the Kenwood neighborhoods.

The Children’s Book Fair

To support the performance elements of The Children’s Book Fair for October 7, 2012.

Court Theatre

To support Arts Access for All, which in 2012/2013 will include an expansion of the theatre’s Student Education Program to serve more Hyde Park and Kenwood students and teachers. In addition, Court’s Center for Classic Theatre programming surrounding several of its 2012/2013 productions, including David Auburn’s Proof and a Moliere Festival.

DuSable Museum of African American History

For support of programming around the upcoming “Word, Shout, Song” Exhibition which characterizes the work of Dr. Lorenzo Dow Turner.

Frank Lloyd Preservation Trust

To support “Reading, Writing and Robie House" that will provide 150 underserved fifth grade students in the Hyde Park area with an architecture-in-education learning experience focused on Robie House.

Friends of Shoesmith School

To provide an innovative visual and literary Artist-in- Residency program at Shoesmith Elementary School.

Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company

To support the collaboration with the University of Chicago Department of Music, for the production of The Pirates of Penzance in March 2013 in Mandel Hall utilizing cast and crew aspiring Chicago area talent with many from the Hyde Park community – including staff, faculty, and students from the University of Chicago.

Hyde Park Art Center

To support the Art Center’s teen programs, Youth Art Board and Art Shop, play a vital role in the Art Center’s visual arts education pathway – culminating their work in elementary and middle schools for students who are particularly interested in the visual arts.

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference

Support for the ‘School Supply Fund’ work in Hyde Park and Kenwood Communities.

Hyde Park School of Dance

To support the school’s community outreach activities, which consist of scholarships, after school training in public elementary schools, and free low cost performances.

Hyde Park Suzuki Institute, Inc.

To support need-based tuition assistance program for low-income families enrolled in Suzuki lessons for violin, viola, cello, double base, piano or guitar.

Little Black Pearl

To support the Summer Program that provides access for up to 100 participants to engage in a 7 week visual and performance arts training program.

Muntu Dance Theatre

To support the Company’s Arts for Community Empowerment (ACE) education programs serving youth in grades K-12. ACE provides in-school and after-school residencies, interactive workshops, parent activities and ensemble performances for and by youth. Support to ACE programs at North Kenwood/Oakland Charter School, Donoghue Charter School, Mayo Elementary, and the Abraham Lincoln Center.

The Renaissance Society

Support for "Forlesen", a new installation by Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist, William Pope.L.

Smart Museum

To support a series of twelve free drop-in Family Day art program, which serve approximately 2,300 individuals living in the Hyde Park and Kenwood neighborhoods, as well as the wider Chicago area.