For Immediate Release
ComEd Media Relations
Fifth annual Powering the Arts Grant Program expands access to arts and culture
CHICAGO (September15, 2022) — After two years of disruptions due to the pandemic, in-person performances and theaters are back in northern Illinois. To increase access to the arts in northern Illinois, ComEd and the League of Chicago Theatres today announced that they have awarded $160,000 in funding to local community arts organizations across the region. Through ComEd's annual Powering the Arts Program, individual grants ranging from $10,000-$25,000 will go to 18 nonprofit organizations, including local theatres, arts programs, cultural organizations, and youth centers.
Since 2018, this competitive grant program has disbursed $580,000 in funding for initiatives and workshops across the communities ComEd serves to boost public awareness, community programming, engagement, and enjoyment of the arts.
"Creativity drives innovation, and there's no better way to inspire creativity than by supporting the arts in our communities," said Gil Quiniones, CEO of ComEd. "Through this program and our partnership with the League of Chicago Theatres, we are able to promote the arts and celebrate diverse cultural programming in communities across northern Illinois."
This is the fifth year ComEd has partnered with the League of Chicago Theatres, an alliance of more than 200 Chicago theatres. Each year, ComEd funds the program, and the League of Chicago Theatres reviews applications and administers the program to grant recipients. This year's recipients include art programs that preserve cultural tradition, tell diverse stories and support access to the arts for youth.
"Since 2018, the League of Chicago Theatres has been proud to join ComEd in their efforts to support arts and culture institutions across Illinois through the Powering the Arts Grant Program," said Jamie Abelson, League of Chicago Theatres' director of programs. "As organizations welcome audience members and students back into their theatres and classrooms, there is a tremendous opportunity to reach communities in innovative ways. This program supports institutions pursuing new avenues for expanding access to the arts and we couldn't be more excited about this year's group of recipients."
Additional information on the ComEd Powering the Arts Program can be found here.
The 18 ComEd Powering the Arts Program grant recipients for 2022 are:
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