Chicago Arts Census

In 2021 ACRE launches the Chicago Arts Census, a comprehensive, cross-discipline data collection effort created by and with the art workers of Chicago.

The Census is built to amplify our voices as art workers in Chicago, serve as an advocacy tool fighting for better working, living, and making conditions, and create opportunities for coalition-building across the art sector of Chicago. 

It does so by collecting, mapping, and visualizing data sets identified by and with art workers to better illuminate the precarity of our living and working conditions, as a complex and intersectional account of our labor does not yet exist. The collected data will be translated into a series of maps, a website, a publication, and public programs that demonstrate the interwoven and dependent relationships that makeup Chicago’s art ecosystem.


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The Chicago Arts Census is generously supported by the Walder Foundation and The Arts Work Fund Think Grant and developed in partnership with Annas. The Census serves ACRE's mission of advancing new means of support for artists through socially engaged, community-centered programs and initiatives.

To learn more, ask questions, offer thoughts, or get involved, please contact Programs Manager Tiffany Johnson at