ACRE Awarded $50k Ruth Arts Core Grant

Update / 11.18.22

ACRE Awarded $50k Ruth Foundation for the Arts Core Grant

The Foundation Provided $11.5M to 138 Arts Organizations with Two New Grant Programs and Ruth DeYoung Kohler Legacy Fund

Chicago, IL, November 18, 2022—Today, the Ruth Foundation for the Arts (Ruth Arts) announced its newest cycle of grantmaking programs: Thought Leaders, which awards recipients $300,000 in the next three years, and the Core Grant, which awards recipients $50,000. ACRE was awarded $50,000 as part of the Core Grant program. This support will bolster ACRE's summer Residency Program and the Chicago Arts Census. 

This fall’s inaugural Core Grant is providing approximately $50,000 in funding to each of 84 nonprofit arts organizations—$4.5 million in total. The one-year program builds out the Ruth Foundation’s programmatic scope and geographic reach.

“ACRE shapes our programs to foster arts communities that are whole—that are vibrant, dynamic, just, progressive, and resilient—because we want to ensure that arts communities and artists’ practices have access to what they need to thrive,” says ACRE Executive Director Kate Bowen. “With Ruth Arts support, ACRE is able to thoughtfully pursue the creative and cooperative administration of an organization directly shaped by artists.”

Supported by a generous bequest from the late Ruth DeYoung Kohler II, Ruth Arts relaunched in June 2022 with the Artist Choice Grant, which features a unique nomination process guided by a panel of more than 50 artists. The inaugural Artist Choice Grant provided a total of $1.25 million in funding to 78 nonprofit arts organizations across the United States, and will be awarded annually in the spring. These new grant programs, alongside the Artist Choice Grant announced earlier in 2022, total $12.75 million in grantmaking by Ruth Arts to date.

For more information about the Foundation’s grants and programming, please visit the Ruth Arts website.


About the Ruth Foundation for the Arts: 
The Ruth Foundation for the Arts (Ruth Arts) is a new grantmaker based in the Midwest and dedicated to meeting the evolving needs and lived experiences of artists, communities, and arts organizations whose work is anchored by visual arts, performing arts, and arts education. Based in Milwaukee and national in scope, the Foundation reflects the culture and spirit of the Midwest, which long inspired its namesake and benefactor Ruth DeYoung Kohler II. Led by Executive Director Karen Patterson, as well as Program Directors Kim Nguyen and Rachel Reichert, the Foundation is a responsive and adventurous new force in the realm of arts philanthropy.