8th Blackbird FINAL

We are thrilled to announce our 2016 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions! For the first time in the award’s history, MacArthur is recognizing 14 creative and effective Chicago arts nonprofits like us, including our Creative Partners fellow Lucky Plush (congrats @LuckyPlush!). #MacAward

This remarkable honor is a tribute to our talented and hardworking ensemble and staff along with our committed board and generous donors. Their shared commitment over the last 20 years has built an innovative organization that creatively and effectively moves music forward.

This award is a significant investment in our long-term future. It comes with a $400,000 grant for capacity building and sustainability. For us, that means building our cash reserves, upgrading technology and completing a strategic plan.

On behalf of the birds, our board and staff, we would like to express our gratitude to the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for this incredible honor. We especially thank Cate Fox at The MacArthur Foundation for her guidance and encouragement.

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