DuSable Museum receives $ 575,000 grant for Chicago’s cultural treasures


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The DuSable Museum of African American History received the prestigious Chicago Cultural Treasures Multi-Year Grant in the amount of $ 575,000. The Chicago Cultural Treasures Initiative is a $ 14.4 million grant awarded to organizations that contribute to the history, culture, vibrancy and identity of communities of color in greater Chicago. The Museum received the maximum amount of grant available for a single organization.

“We are honored to have received this grant and, more importantly, we are proud to be considered one of Chicago’s cultural treasures,” said Perri Irmer, President and CEO of the DuSable Museum. “The DuSable Museum plays a vital role in educating all of our communities and visitors to Chicago. It is important that we continue to support and support our local cultural institutions, especially those that promote the heritage and achievements of minority communities.

The grant, which the Museum will use to support its educational efforts around black history, comes right after the celebration of its 60e year as one of Chicago’s cultural pillars. Founded in 1961 by Dr Margaret Burroughs and named an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution in 2016, DuSable is our country’s oldest independent black history museum. As an authority on black culture, history and art, it celebrates excellence through educational programs, unforgettable exhibitions and an expanded national and international network. Grants like the Chicago Cultural Treasures Initiative will allow the museum to continue this proud tradition. The museum has continued to consider innovative ways to better serve the community in the future and redoubles its efforts to provide resources for education, recently announcing that it has started the process of rebranding into a museum and an education center.

Those interested in sponsoring or investing in current and future museum initiatives, such as the educational efforts supported by Chicago Cultural Treasures, can contact [email protected]

Funders for the Chicago Cultural Treasures Initiative include the Ford Foundation, MacKenzie Scott, and Chicago-based funders including the Joyce Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Polk Bros Foundation, Terra Foundation for American Art, and Walder Foundation.

For more information regarding admission reservations, membership and the Museum’s new security protocols, please visit www.dusablemuseum.org.

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