Here's a message from the League of Chicago Theatres:
During this national emergency most of the Chicago area theatres have suspended operations. You will find a few shows with future performances. They hope to be back in full force soon. In the meantime if you want to support theatre in Chicago any of the following would be greatly appreciated:
- Make a donation to the Chicago Theatre Workers Relief Fund
- Buy a season subscription for next season to your favorite theatre.
- Buy a ticket for a future production.
- Make a donation in any amount to your favorite non-profit theatre.
Please stay safe and healthy and we look forward to seeing you at the theatre soon.
The Saints are mentioned favorably in Chris Jones' Tribune article (see last paragraph) available at this link.
*** DEADLINE EXTENDED THRU MARCH 31 FOR THE
2020 SAINTS ARTS GRANTS ONLINE APPLICATIONS ***
The Saints Grants Commission is hoping to add a bright spot to these uncertain times by extending our application deadline. We look forward to reviewing your best project ideas!
The Saints invite and encourage theater, dance, and music organizations to apply for this grant assistance to be used for artistic development or production-related purposes. Some examples Saints Grant applicants can request funding for but are not limited to: costumes/puppetry, the commissioning or licensing of works, improvements to applicant-owned premises, community engagement and enrichment projects, or computer and technical items such as sound or lighting needs.
Budget requests up to $5,000 will be considered for projects covering the performance year from June 1, 2020 through May 31, 2021. Requesting organizations must be 501(c)(3) and have been established for a minimum of two years.
Here are the items you will want to look at:
Grants Guidelines & FAQs - guidelines for applying for a grant and answers to common questions
Preview Application - sample Application Form so you will know exactly what you need at hand when applying
Live Link - opens the Application Form for you to fill out and submit. Good luck!
Direct inquiries to the Saints Grants Commission - Grants@saintschicago.org
2019 SAINTS MATCHGRANTS PROGRAM RECAP
The 2019 Saints MatchGrant Program, in its 5th year,
continues to be a success & is growing.
Saints member donations of $16,616 used just over 83% of this year’s $20,000 funding allocation which will allow 77 arts organizations/venues
to receive approximately $35,000.
An additional 13 organizations are recipients this year – nearly 20% more than last year. While the number of donors remained somewhat constant, the number of donations grew nearly 10% increasing from 194 in 2018 to 213 this year.
As usual theater companies received the bulk of the donations (169), followed by performing art venues (21) then music venues (16) and dance companies (7).
Many thanks to all those who participated in the 2019 Saints MatchGrant Program and continue to assist the Chicagoland arts community to thrive.
The list of Saints member Donors and the list of Recipient Organizations can be found here >> 2019 MatchGrants
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SAINTS GRANT RECIPIENTS OF 2019
The following 22 performing arts companies will be receiving The Saints Arts Grants.
Acapellago, Aguijon Theater Company, Athenaeum Theatre, Broken Nose Theatre, Brown Paper Box Co, Chicago Choral Artists, Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Citadel Theatre, Company, Dance in the Parks, Elastic Arts Foundation, Griffin Theatre Company, The Haymarket Opera Company, The New Colony, Performing Arts at Metropolis, Raven Theatre, Sideshow Theatre Company, Something Marvelous, Steep Theatre Company, Third Coast Baroque, TUTA Theatre Chicago, Windy City Performing Arts, and Zephyr Dance. To see their specific projects to be completed using the grant money click here
The Saints are volunteers for the performing arts. At the present time our 2000+ members serve well over one hundred Chicago and suburban theater, dance and music organizations, ranging in size from storefronts to world-class theaters, from seasonal musical groups to world-trotting dance companies.
The Saints members provide help to these groups for a variety of activities including ushering at performances and in return are allowed to attend these activities and performances at no charge. Members choose the venues and performances where they want to volunteer, as often as they like.
The Saints also awards financial grants to not-for-profit performing arts organizations located in Chicago and the surrounding area. In 2018 the Saints donated nearly $53,000 in grants to sixteen different performing arts organizations. We also matched over $15,000 of our members' donations to such organizations.
The Saints hold General Membership Meetings several times a year. These meetings offer members the opportunity to learn more about the organization and its affairs, meet and socialize with other members and to participate in interesting presentations given by famous personalities from the performing arts community. The Saints members also receive a twice weekly "Cyberline" via email which lists the available volunteering opportunities. Usher sign-ups are managed using the online "Usher Module" accessed on the Saints website.
The Saints is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable corporation and donations to The Saints are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
In short, The Saints allow you to be part of the vibrant Chicago arts scene and see many fine performances, all for the cost of a nominal yearly membership fee. Join us!
Photos by Merle Branner and Jim Venskus
We support Lawyers for the Creative Arts.
A MAP OF THE SAINTS VENUES
Click on the map below to see a map of our venues where we offer ushering opportunities.
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