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Chicago agencies launch "Support Chicago Arts," provide aid to arts organizations impacted by COVID


Chicago, Illinois -- Direction Tour Marketing and Acacia Consulting Group, two Chicago marketing and communications agencies, are teaming up to launch a new fundraising initiative called “Support Chicago Arts” to assist arts organizations in Chicago who are experiencing financial hardships due to the COVID-19 crisis. To participate in this campaign, the public can purchase merchandise at www.supportchicagoarts.com to publicly show they support Chicago arts, and a portion of each transaction will go to support the arts organizations of their choice.


Theaters and venues were among the first to close amidst the COVID-19 pandemic as stay-at-home orders were implemented. Even under Phase 4 directives, they will be among the last to re-open as social distancing best practices result in significantly reduced occupancy making it difficult for venues to operate at all.


Chicago Stands Together, a registered Illinois not-for-profit organization, was formed as a response to these unique challenges as an effort to unite our community, and it launched the Support Chicago Arts initiative to provide much needed financial support to the arts community.


The arts are at their best when they offer audiences an avenue to hear different perspectives and appreciate different experiences, furthering a shared understanding of society. Support Chicago Arts is proud to support Black artists in Chicago through sales of face masks.


By purchasing a lawn sign, medallion, window sign, or face mask, patrons announce their support for their favorite arts organizations and designate a portion of each tax-deductible transaction to be donated to those organizations. In solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, all profits from the sale of face masks will be donated to Black arts organizations.


“As members of Chicago’s arts community, we know all too well the struggles facing venues across the city,” said Support Chicago Arts founder Micah Taylor, president of arts marketing firm Direction Tour Marketing. “We formed Support Chicago Arts as a way to help these organizations make it through the crisis so that they’re still here for audiences when we can gather again.”


“The arts help us understand our world, relate to one another, and entertain us -- and they also drive our economy,” said Support Chicago Arts board member Morgan Harris, managing partner of publicity and communications firm Acacia Consulting Group. “Storefront theaters draw people to neighborhoods they might not otherwise visit, where they shop and eat at small businesses and restaurants. Our world-class museums draw tourists from around the world, and from our own backyard. It is in all of our interests that the arts community is equipped to emerge from this crisis.”


The following Chicago arts organizations are participating in the Support Chicago Arts initiative. There is no cost to organizations to participate, and any arts organization interested in joining the initiative should contact Micah Taylor at micah@supportchicagoarts.com.

  • Artemisia, A Chicago Theatre

  • Arts + Public Life

  • Arts of Life

  • Athenaeum Theatre

  • Auditorium Theatre

  • Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre

  • Chicago Cultural Alliance

  • Chicago Human Rhythm Project

  • Chicago Latino Theater Alliance (CLATA)

  • Chicago Mosaic School

  • Chimera Ensemble

  • Cirque Rivera Dance Theatre

  • Deeply Rooted Dance Theater

  • Definition Theatre

  • Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater

  • Filament Theatre

  • Gene Siskel Film Center

  • Giordano Dance Chicago

  • Hell in a Handbag Productions

  • Interrobang Theatre Project

  • Jackalope Theatre

  • Lakeview Orchestra

  • Lillstreet Art Center

  • Lookingglass Theatre Company

  • Media Burn Archive

  • Old Town School of Folk Music

  • Porchlight Music Theatre

  • Pride Arts Center

  • Remy Bumppo Theatre Company

  • Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts

  • Rivendell Theatre Ensemble

  • See Chicago Dance

  • Storytown Improv

  • The Actors Gymnasium

  • The Factory Theater

  • The House Theatre of Chicago

  • The New Colony

  • The Plagiarists

  • The Revival

  • Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre

  • Ukranian National Museum

  • Underscore Theatre Company

  • Windy City Playhouse

  • Zanies Comedy Club


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