Lester and Hope Abelson Fund for the Performing Arts

Celebrating a Legacy of Love for Chicago’s Performing Arts Innovators

Lester and Hope Abelson were deeply involved in the important arts and cultural movements in Chicago and elsewhere during the mid- to late twentieth century and into the twenty-first century, particularly in theater, music, and dance. The Fund celebrates their lives and legacies by supporting artists and speeding their work toward growing excellence and importance. In addition to its grants, the Fund also confers The Hopie Awards, which recognizes two emerging arts groups each year.