ACRE Receives Grant from National Endowment for the Arts

Update / 5.18.21

ACRE to Receive $16,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Chicago, IL, May 18, 2021—ACRE (Artists' Cooperative Residency & Exhibitions) has been approved for a $16,000 Grants for Arts Projects award to support the summer 2021 Residency Program. ACRE’s Residency Program welcomes approximately 75 emerging, often underrepresented, artists of all disciplines to attend one of three 14-day residency sessions each summer. ACRE's project is among the more than 1,100 projects across America totaling nearly $27 million that were selected during this second round of Grants for Arts Projects fiscal year 2021 funding. 

“As the country and the arts sector begin to imagine returning to a post-pandemic world, the National Endowment for the Arts is proud to announce funding that will help arts organizations such as ACRE reengage fully with partners and audiences,” said NEA Acting Chairman Ann Eilers. “Although the arts have sustained many during the pandemic, the chance to gather with one another and share arts experiences is its own necessity and pleasure.”

"After a year of distanced programs, ACRE looks forward to offering a vital space for artists to connect with peers and collaborators, to experiment and learn from one another, and to support each other, as we build the communities that we need to sustain our practices and create our futures together," said ACRE Executive Director Kate Bowen. "Thanks to the support of the NEA, ACRE will usher in our 11th year with new energy, vitality, and responsiveness to the needs of emerging artists." 

ACRE's Residency Program takes place on 1,000 acres of rustic farmland in the Driftless region of Southwest Wisconsin. Artists live and work in a communal setting that includes expansive work spaces, mess hall kitchen, performance stage, wood shop, art and tech facility, and sound, fiber, screenprinting, ceramics. and metalwork studios. Residents are encouraged to their balance time between producing work, contemplating their practice, and engaging with the community. The Visiting Artist Program invites mid-career and established artists to the residency to conduct studio visits and present lectures, discussions, workshops, and other non-traditional programming.

For more information on the projects included in the Arts Endowment grant announcement, visit