The new initiative was launched after Threewalls received $1.2 million from the Surdna Foundation. The funds will also enable the organization to expand its social justice fellowship, RaD Lab+Outside the Walls, which will now be able to support twelve artists who are focusing on community-oriented research and racial justice projects with annual grants of $25,000. The fellowship culminates with the artists presenting installations throughout the neighborhoods of Chicago, making their work easily accessible to the public.
Threewalls, a cultural nonprofit that supports visual artists in Chicago, has announced that it will award $900,000 to artists who identify as African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, or Native American (ALAANA). The organization will grant $300,000 per year for the next three years to artists of color as well as nonprofits that “demonstrate alternative ways towards racial equity through the lens of radical imagination and social justice.”