Perto de Lá <> Close to There

 Jon Chambers, “Everything is Text”, 2015

We’re thrilled to announce that we've been awarded a $50,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The foundation's International Connections Fund will allow us to carry out a two-way exchange between artistic communities in Chicago and Salvador, Brazil in 2019 and 2020, in a project called Perto de Lá <> Close To There. We'll be partnering with Projeto Ativa and Harmonipan to bring together a multi-disciplinary group of artists to develop collaborative work, compare models of arts-organizing, and create discourse around Latinx and Black identity in our respective cities.

The project will be organized and curated by our executive director Jordan Martins, Lanussi Pasquali of Projeto Ativa and Juci Reis of Harmonipan.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people, effective institutions, and influential networks building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. MacArthur is placing a few big bets that truly significant progress is possible on some of the world’s most pressing social challenges, including over-incarceration, global climate change, nuclear risk, and significantly increasing financial capital for the social sector. In addition to the MacArthur Fellows Program, the Foundation continues its historic commitments to the role of journalism in a responsible and responsive democracy, as well as the strength and vitality of our headquarters city, Chicago.