Leadership Council Workshop Recording: Facilities Management with IFF

Leadership Council Workshop Recording: Facilities Management with IFF

In case you missed it, our first Leadership Council Workshop of the year on February 18 was a great success! Representative from IFF came to talk with Members about the importance of making a space work for your organization, phases of a facilities project, fundraising, and sources of funding/resources for cultural organizations.

You can access just the presentation slides here.

You can also watch the video here.


Arts & Culture Loan Fund

Arts & Culture Loan Fund

The Arts and Culture Loan Fund is a program designed to help small- and medium-sized arts and culture organizations in Chicago to manage uneven cash flows and strengthen financial capacity. The program includes the opportunity to access an operating line of credit, as well as financial management workshops, customized coaching, technical assistance on financial projects, and conversation on incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusion into your organization’s operations.

The program is funded by the MacArthur Foundation and administered by IFF in partnership with BDO FMA LLC (formerly Fiscal Management Associates).

What’s included in the program — and how do I apply?

To be eligible for the Arts and Culture Loan Fund, organizations must be current MacArthur Arts & Culture grantee, either directly or through one of the MacArthur Funds at the Prince Charitable Trusts or the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. Additionally, organizations must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization in Chicago with a budget size between $250,000 and $5 million.

Eligible participants have the option of tapping into one, some, or all of the program’s components depending on their organizations’ specific needs. If you are interested in the program but would like support in identifying which components are the best fit for your organization, please fill out the following interest form and a member of our team will reach out to you.

The Program Includes:

1. Operating Line of Credit
2. Free Financial Management Workshop Series & Customized Coaching
3. Free Technical Assistance
3. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Support

How to Apply

Complete this form to get started or email [email protected].

Deadline is MARCH 9 to participate in the Financial Management Workshop Series.


Membership Renewal Forms and Dues!

Membership Renewal Forms and Dues!

Hello dear Core and Partner Members!

For those of you who already returned your Membership renewal forms and/or your Member dues, thank you!

For those of you who haven’t, a reminder that these due dates are coming up!

Please submit your renewal form as soon as possible, as the February 11 deadline has already passed. All that is required is contact info and self-reporting your organization’s budget. SUBMIT FORM HERE

After we receive your form, Sydney will email you with an invoice for your Member dues, which must be paid by February 28.

Thank you for being part of the Alliance! We rely on you to maintain this organization, and we look forward to working with all of you again this year!


Alliance Welcomes New Member: South Asia Institute

Alliance Welcomes New Member: South Asia Institute

SAI blog post cover

Please join us in welcoming the newest Core Member of the Chicago Cultural Alliance, South Asia Institute! Core Members are first-voice, community-driven organizations that preserve a specific cultural perspective, experience, and living history through programs, exhibits, or collections work.

South Asia Institute joins an active alliance of 45 other cultural heritage institutions spanning over 25 Chicago neighborhoods and 9 suburbs and representing more than 30 cultures from around the world. Let’s learn more about SAI!

SAI gallery

The main gallery at South Asia Institute. Photo courtesy of South Asia Institute.

South Asia Institute’s History and Mission

SAI’s Mission: South Asia Institute cultivates the art and culture of South Asia and its diaspora through curated exhibitions, innovative programs and educational initiatives. We collaborate locally and globally to engage diverse communities in enriching creative experiences, support artistic production by emerging and established artists and foster cultural appreciation for the South Asian diaspora.

SAI building

SAI grew out of the love of its founders, Shireen & Afzal Ahmad, for collecting South Asian art. After 50+ years of collecting, they had one of the largest collections of South Asian art in America and wanted to share it with the community. They established South Asia Institute in a landmark building in the Motor Row district of the South Loop and lovingly restored it. (pictured at left, photo courtesy of South Asia Institute)

SAI has grown to share not only art, but also music, films, book readings, and all aspects of the culture of South Asia.

current SAI exhibit

The main gallery at South Asia Institute. Photo courtesy of South Asia Institute.

Visit SAI!

Their beautiful space hosts a gallery with rotating exhibitions that you can visit. Through March 5, 2022, the gallery is hosting the exhibition “Ravi Shankar: Ragamala to Rockstar: A Retrospective of The Maestro’s Life in Music.”

You can also check out their schedule of events for ongoing cultural programming!

Upcoming events:

Online Talk: Oliver Craske Discusses “Indian Sun: The Life and Music of Ravi Shankar”
Saturday, February 19, 2022
4:00 PM-6:00 PM


Film Screening | Ravi and Anoushka Shankar Live in Bangalore
Saturday, March 5, 2022
4:00 PM-6:00 PM
1925 South Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60616


We’re so excited to welcome the newest Core Member of the Alliance and looking forward to working with them in the coming years! Check out South Asia Institute’s programming and gallery.

Marie Rowley, Marketing and Communications Manager

CityArts Grants Open Now!

CityArts Grants Open Now!


2022 CityArts Program Virtual Webinars

The DCASE Cultural Grants team is excited to offer a series of virtual webinars for all 2022 CityArts applicants. The webinars will cover updates to CityArts grant program guidelines and application review criteria plus provide tips and guidance to help applicants prepare the strongest application possible. Applicants are not required to attend a workshop to apply, however all applicants, regardless of having previously applied for or received a DCASE CityArts Grant, are encouraged to attend. Please see below to register.

Thursday, February 10, 2022 | 5:00pm – 7:00pm | Register Online

Wednesday, February 16, 2022 | 9:30am – 11:30am | Register Online

Monday, February 28, 2022 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm | Register Online

If you need assistance in another language and/or if you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation to apply, please contact [email protected] for assistance.

Learn more at chicagoculturalgrants.org