True Star Media & Foundation is excited to announce that we are a proud recipient of The Field Foundation of Illinois and MacArthur Foundation’s “A Road Together” (ART) grant! As part of the inaugural group of grantees True Star is among 80 small to mid-sized, Chicago-based arts and culture organizations to receive $2.26 million in funding for work to advance racial and social equity. True Star is among the 25 organizations to receive a three-year grant, while 55 organizations will receive one-year grants. The grantee organizations, all of which have annual budgets of less than $1 million, will receive unrestricted, general operating funds to help each organization achieve their missions.
The ART initiative is rooted in the belief that arts and culture organizations—including social service groups and those organizing for social change—play a vital role in Chicago’s identity, economy, and social fabric. The initiative prioritizes organizations with a commitment to those that serve historically underserved communities, particularly in Chicago’s South and West Sides.
True Star plans to use this three-year investment to grow our media programs, build capacity, and provide training and pathways for young creative and storytellers across the Chicagoland area.