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For more than 100 years, The Chicago Community Trust has convened, supported, funded, and accelerated the work of community members and changemakers committed to strengthening the Chicago region. From building up our civic infrastructure to spearheading our response to the Great Recession, the Trust has brought our community together to face pressing challenges and seize our greatest opportunities. Today, that means confronting the racial and ethnic wealth gap.

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    Tellin' Tales Theatre

    Awarded: Awarded Amount: $450

    Adult writers, performers and advocates with disabilities present virtual solo performances developed in our EveryBody Has a Story Master Class.

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    Gambit Chicago

    Awarded: Awarded Amount: $5,000

    Gambit Chicago will be organizing a two day Urban Innovation Summit for youth in Englewood Neighborhood between the ages of 12-24 in conjunction with a six-week community garden youth program being held at our newly forming community garden this summer.

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    Hearing in Color

    Awarded: Awarded Amount: $6,250

    Hearing in Color is requesting $5,000 to support its work creating space for artists and audiences who have felt their stories, music, and experiences are unwelcome in traditional musical spaces. A gift from the Young Leaders Fund would support Hearing in Color during the upcoming season as it launches a new resident vocal ensemble, Chroma, welcomes its fourth Young Composer in Residence, and begins paying its committed volunteer staff for the first time.

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    ILA Creative Studio

    Awarded: Awarded Amount: $2,500

    ILA’s annual Black Art Love Affair (BALA) is an immersive experience honoring Black artists in Chicago, while raising funds for ILA Creative Studio.

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    Physical Theater Festival

    Awarded: Awarded Amount: $6,250

    Physical Theater Festival is an annual contemporary, visual, and physical theater festival that presents new forms of theater being performed worldwide and showcases them right here in Chicago. Physical Theater Festival's 11th annual edition will kick off in July 2024. In this application, we are seeking $5,000 in funding to support our opening day festivities at the park. We open the festival with a one-day free, family-friendly celebration at Nichols Park on the south side of Chicago. Our aim with this event is to start the festival in a welcoming-to-all environment showcasing the extraordinary talent local to the south and west sides of the city. We also bring international artists to this Day in the Park, creating an exchange between hyper-local and out-of-town artists. This opening day of community gathering sets the tone for an inclusive, generous, and sociable environment. This project will allow Chicagoans from across the city to have free access to quality artistic programming in a park on the south side of Chicago from a Festival that has been organizing annual events for the last ten years. People in the local neighborhood will again see hyper-local and out-of-town acts for the fourth year. The festival in the park can make residents feel like they have happened upon something different and magical in their neighborhood. This feeling is amplified when it's an annual event where they can look forward to their local artists showcasing their talent alongside international artists. Two groups for the opening day celebration at Nichols Park are the Chicago Boyz acrobatics team and Theatre Y's Youth Ensemble. Both groups consist of young artists local to the south and west sides of Chicago working alongside seasoned professionals. Long-time gymnast Tim Shaw created Chicago Boyz to allow young Chicagoans to learn acrobatic skills and get paid to perform them around the country. The troupe has appeared at NBA games and was featured on America's Got Talent. Recently, Theatre Y's Youth Ensemble has been creating an original puppet-infused show called "Little Carl" that will have its most recent iteration at our Festival this summer. For the Day in the Park, the group will perform excerpts of the show outdoors for the first time. The piece is being developed alongside veteran West Side artist Marvin Tate and renowned puppeteer Michael Montenegro.

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    Illinois Unidos

    Awarded: Awarded Amount: $2,500

    IU will celebrate four years of its statewide coalition work with its Latinx, Spanish-speaking Community Health Worker Network, which continues to play a critical role during the Covid-19 pandemic, inspiring our efforts towards health equity and justice.

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    City Year, Inc.

    Awarded: Awarded Amount: $5,000

    City Year Chicago’s (CYC) annual Ripples of Hope gala will have a special theme “My City, My Year” in celebration of its 30th anniversary serving Chicago Public Schools.

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    Free Root Operation

    Awarded: Awarded Amount: $5,000

    Free Root Operation is requesting $,5000 in support of our work targeting the prevention of poverty-induced gun violence. This would allow us to enhance our capacity to meet the expressed needs of our constituents and expand our programming in the process.