City of Chicago Awards $2M in CityArts Grants to Arts and Arts Institutions

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) have announced the recipients of the 2020 CityArts Program grants. Each year, the CityArts Program encourages Chicago-based arts and culture-focused organizations of all sizes to attain artistic excellence and financial stability by making general operating grants across all artistic disciplines. This year, the program is awarding general operating grants between $2,000 to $30,000 – and special project grants ranging from $2,500 to $56,200 – to 191 nonprofit organizations for a total of $2 million. The project grants are being awarded in alignment with the Year of Chicago Music, now continuing through 2021.

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Pandemic Pallor Sets In with Shutdowns Shutting Audiences Out of Area Arts Venues

“It’s extraordinary that our world should have been turned upside down in such a short amount of time,” sighs Anthony Freud, Lyric Opera’s general director and CEO as he recounts the days before and after having to cancel the Lyric’s much anticipated Ring Cycle. “But we always have to remember that this is a national and a global tragedy in which we, Lyric Opera, are a tiny microcosm.”

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Arts for Illinois Awards Over $3.3M to Artists and Arts Organizations

This week, the Arts for Illinois Relief Fund announced that more than $3.3 million dollars has been awarded to 906 artists and 166 cultural organizations across the state, which is expected to reach recipients in the coming weeks. The Fund’s application portals will reopen today, after a temporary pause to fundraise and process initial applications, and will remain open through May 11 for a second round of submissions.

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Foundation Expedites $3M in Grants to Arts Organizations in Chicago and South Carolina

Acknowledging the potentially cataclysmic financial situation which hundreds of beloved regional small arts organizations are facing, the Board of the Chicago-based Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation (the Foundation) has unanimously voted to immediately put in place a series of funding mechanisms, including expediting a total of $2 million in general operating funds to its current roster of 175 arts grantees in the Chicago region and 40 in the Lowcountry of South Carolina.

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Mile High Magnificence

If the Mile High City is your
destination and luxury is your mantra, look no further than the Four Seasons Hotel Denver, particularly if arts and culture is to be part of the experience. Recently named the Number 1 Hotel in Denver by the 2020 U.S. News & World Report and having received its sixth consecutive Five Diamond designation by the AAA Diamond Program, Four Seasons Denver is ensconced neatly where art and luxury

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Denver Divertissement

For an alternative to Park City this spring, you may want to look to the Mile High City, which has a bevy of cultural divertissement of its own before the summer months merge. In Denver, winter months give way to vibrant city life filled
with cultural elements its particularly difficult to ignore. Snow-capped mountains are replaced with rustic terrain terrific for hiking. And adventure activities are likely to keep you stimulated for the duration of your stay. Yet arts and culture reigns supreme in Denver, CO each spring, and the level of cultural offerings to enjoy is nothing to shake a stick at. Take a look at the cultural experiences that await travelers this spring.

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A Sublime Escape

Imagine a gorgeous mountain town resort, nestled within the picturesque landscape and dramatic blue skies of Utah’s Deer Valley. Flanked by ski lifts with blue skies above, the rooms are drenched in the sheer comforts of home, and the staff is as inviting as the same. That is what you have in the Stein Collection’s Chateaux Deer Valley. Offering a fitting respite from the bustle of modern life, this resort represents the perfect getaway for those who seek rejuvenation before the mid-year crush. And why? Because it’s spring in Park City, and for some, there’s no better time to enjoy the world class views and unmatched tranquility the area has to offer than its…other season.

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Park City’s Other Season

Known for producing some of the best powder on the planet, Park City, Utah is likely atop the lists of most travelers’ premium vacation spots during winter months. With two mountain resorts within its limits, Park City is distinct for its storied Olympic legacy. Home of the last games to be held on U.S. soil (2002), the town has the largest concentration of luxury ski-in/ski-out accommodations in North America.

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Adler Planetarium Throwing Chicago Eclipse Fest for City’s Skywatchers

On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will be visible in parts of the United States for the first time since 1979. In Chicago, at 11:54 am CST, the Moon will start to block our view of the Sun, covering up to 87 percent of it by 1:19 p.m. The last time Chicago was this close to the path of totality (when the Moon blocks the Sun completely) was 92 years ago in 1925. In celebration, the Adler Planetarium is throwing a giant block party, inviting everyone to come together to experience this rare celestial event as a community, and making it possible by offering free general admission to all.


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