Diasporal Rhythms
Celebrating Chicago’s Cultural Treasures
January 26, 2023

With awards ranging from $140,000 to $575,000, being named a Chicago’s Cultural Treasure not only made a significant impact on organizations, but also brought recognition to types of cultural treasures that have historically been passed over for traditional forms of grant support. “To be recognized as a Chicago Cultural Treasure is transformative,” shares Diasporal Rhythms Executive Director D.E. Simmons, one of the grantees. “It’s more than just the grant that has saved our lives by giving us three years of stability. The most important thing is to be recognized as a nonprofit in the City of Chicago with the distinction of a cultural treasure. That just means the world.” 

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