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Eighth Blackbird gratefully acknowledges the
following donors for their support during the 2016/2017 season.

(July 1, 2016 – March 23, 2017)


Bloomberg Philanthropies

Daniel Lewis

MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince

$10,000 – $24,999

Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc.

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation

$5,000 – $9,999

Amphion Foundation, Inc.

Nancy Fishman

William Forrest

$2,500 – $4,999

Tremaine Atkinson*

Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University

Steve & Yayoi Everett*

New Music USA

$1,000 – $2,499

 Neil* & Stephanie Cohen
Pamela Crutchfield
Liese Dallbauman
Ryan Fant*
Russ Irwin
Kate Bensen* & Dick Johnson
Sandra McNaughton
Sarah Solotaroff Mirkin

 Tom & Jane Morris
Bruce Oltman
Kathleen Panoff
Sara Stern & Ted Fishman
Kathryn Stuart
Marley Blue Lewis & Yevegeny Vilensky
Gary Wasserman
Dennis & Anne Wentz

$500 – $999

Sara Farr & Lin Brehmer
Hester Diamond

$250 – $499

Jason Pickleman & Leslie Bodenstein
Simon Chang
Paul Dellevigne
Ed Malone & Kristina Entner
Judy Feldman
Oscar Gerardo

Kenneth & Lorraine Kaplan
Dr. Chen Yi & Dr. Zhou Long
Jack McCord
William Snyder & Laurin Mack
Kathy Abbott & Kerry Szatan
Peter & Pooja Vukosavich

$100 – $249

 Jeffrey Abt & Mary Paquette-Abt
Duffie Andelson
John Balfe
Steven Berry
Diana Burman
Matthew & Margaret Duvall*
David Finn
Robert Furhoss
Stan Harrison
Jeff & Katie Haydon
Holly Hickman
Hans Jorgen Jensen
Lisa Kaplan*
James Karela
Ken Krehbiel
Yvonne Lam*

 Hwai-Tai Lam
Michael Maccaferri*
Elaine Martone
Denis McAvey
Judith Meguire
James Ginsburg & Patrice Michaels
Karring Moan
Peter Nicholson
Sandra Norlin
Debora & Michael Pinzur
Arnie Porter
Stefanie Preston
Emile Karafiol & Virginia Robinson
Seth Brodsky & Jude Stewart
Carol Yamamoto

Up to $99

Brandon Barton
Dave Belden
Gavin Chuck
Sean Connors
Lawrence & Arlene Dunn
Stuart Greene
Jennifer L. Harris
Peter & Mary Hess
David & Rochelle Jones
Elizabeth Kay
Melynda Lopin
Ellen McDowell
Ned McGowan
Alex Monroe

Nicholas Photinos & Yasuka Oura*
Clyde Owan
Julie Pippen
Ellen Primack
Elbina Rafizadeh
Shulamit Ran
Dylan Rice
Claire Rice
Susan Rossen
Tony & Penelope Sachs
David Schober
Barbara & David Thomas
David Weller
Jaquelyn Zevin

Matching Gifts

Grand Victoria Foundation


* 8bb Board Member
** Blackbird Creative Lab Donor

Eighth Blackbird recognizes the generous gifts
to the Blackbird Creative Lab.

The Lab’s mission is to inspire the next generation of performers and composers to share in the ensemble’s vision: to champion a distinctive, dynamic and engaging performance aesthetic.  This intensive, human-centered experience will immerse lab fellows in a learn-by-doing, exploratory process of creating new work. By discovering and developing an audacious curatorial vision, lab fellows will be launched on their paths as provocateurs and visionaries in the arts.

Become a supporter of the Blackbird Creative Lab!

Lead Donors

Daniel R. Lewis

Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation

Elizabeth and Justus Schlichting

Russ Irwin

Colburn Foundation

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation



Matthew Albert

Lawrence and Arlene Dunn

Helen Jameson

Marley Blue Lewis and Yevgeny Vilensky

Peter McDowell

Alan Pierson

Christopher Sheahen

Maria Wynne

We also gratefully acknowledge the following donors
for the support of Creative Partners.

(July 1, 2016 – March 23, 2017)

Creative Partners is a collaborative effort to provide professional fundraising for three Chicago nonprofit arts organizations:
Blair Thomas & Co., Eighth Blackbird, and Lucky Plush Productions.
We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of donors to Creative Partners:

 $100,000 +

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

$25,000 – $99,000

Elizabeth Liebman

$1,000 – $24,999

Arts Work Fund for Organizational Development

Every effort was made to ensure the accuracy of this list.
If you notice an error, please accept our apology and contact Anne Cauley at