Operating as a charitable adjunct to The Cliff Dwellers private club, The Cliff Dwellers Arts Foundation’s ongoing mission is to support the arts. This is accomplished through its providing funds in the form of grants to arts-oriented organizations and individuals, presenting events at the club such as concerts, performances, and films, and sponsoring an annual music competition. Grant recipients are chosen by the full Board from qualified applications received by a set deadline each spring and fall; applications are available on-line and members are encouraged to invite their favorite groups to apply.
Funds are provided through voluntary contributions from club members and are distributed biannually. Contributions are accepted at any time during the year. Checks made out to The Cliff Dwellers Arts Foundation for any amount, as well as inquiries, should be sent directly to the Foundation at the club’s address. All such contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by current revenue laws. Specific information regarding past grants and distributions is available to club members.
In keeping with the founding goals of The Cliff Dwellers to celebrate and support the arts in Chicago, The Cliff Dwellers Arts Foundation was created and is funded solely through the generosity and support of our members and accomplishes those goals in many very tangible ways. This past year the foundation awarded grants to a wide-ranging group of recipients:
We also continue to offer grant recipients the opportunity to present their work at the club, hosting several events in 2013 and 2014 including a very well attended presentation on a new Art Park in Urbana, Illinois by John David Mooney and fellow Cliff Dwellers Carl Webber and Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing; a preview of the world premiere of “The Binding” by Theatre Y; a multimedia dance performance by Synapse Arts; and an original musical written and performed by incarcerated youth presented by Storycatchers Theatre. Additionally, the Cliff Dwellers Music Competition was re-launched in April 2014, featuring a specially commissioned piece for string instruments by composer Marcos Balter, awarding over two thousand dollars to local contest winners. The Cliff Dwellers Arts Foundation is proud to work in tandem with our membership to support the artists and arts organizations in Chicago whose work enlivens and enriches our lives.
To make donations, copy the card below or, if you prefer, download this file: Arts Foundation Donation Card
For information on receiving grants to be distributed by the Foundation, please see the guidelines document that is accessed via this link:
To apply for a grant from The Cliff Dwellers Arts Foundation, please use the application form that is available by clicking on this link:
Deadlines for grant applications are March 31 and September 28th.
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