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Explore GIG Fund Round 1 Projects

Today, Arts Midwest is thrilled to announce the recipients of Round 1 of the 2021-2022 Grow, Invest, Gather (GIG) Fund. 80 arts and culture organizations across the Midwest are receiving money to grow their capacity, fund creative engagements, and build community.

Students in the Pages literacy program at the Wexner Center enjoying the Jaamil Olawale Kosoko performance. Photo by Katie Spengler Gentry. Courtesy Wexner Center for the Arts


“Arts Midwest is proud to support these creative projects and activities happening across our region,” said Torrie Allen, President & CEO of Arts Midwest. “We are excited to see how these artists and organizations are bringing their communities together and finding new ways to honor the people, histories, and identities of the places we call home.”

Funded projects will take place between before December 31, 2021. Applications for Round 2 (activities occurring between January and June 2022) will open on July 7, 2021. For more information, visit the GIG Fund page.


  • Arts Midwest’s Grow, Invest, Gather (GIG) Fund provides financial support to arts organizations in the Midwest.
  • It is a flexible grant of $2,500 that helps organizations bring touring artists into their community.
  • As part of the GIG Fund, organizations must present performing or visual artists via at least two public events, which can be in-person or virtual.
  • For more information, visit the GIG Fund page..

  • Applications for Round 2 (activities occurring between January and June 2022) will open on July 7, 2021.
  • Join the Arts Midwest Mailing List to receive an email update when applications open


Explore five GIG Fund projects

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Hosting animation workshops for young adults with autism

Legacy Learning Boone River Valley is hosting a series of artist-led workshops called “Stop, Lights, Action,” that will give young adults on the autism spectrum an opportunity to create an animation story involving their own action figures. They will also host an interactive, accessible light and music show featuring DJs from Mojo Productions that is open to the public.

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Exploring identity through the work of William Shakespeare

About Face Theatre is partnering with the co-creators of GENDER PLAY, Will Wihelm (they/them) and Erin Murray (she/her). GENDER PLAY is an interdisciplinary and interactive performance piece that explores Shakespeare’s works through a gender-imaginative lens. In addition to the performance, the group will facilitate two TRANSCENDENCE workshops, which draw on inspiration from Shakespeare’s characters to provide an affirming space for LGBTQIA+ people of all ages to experiment with aspects of their own identity and expression.

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Highlighting Native American history and culture

Riverfolk will present Spirits Rising, a duo featuring Joe Reilly (Cherokee) and Allison Radell (Powhatan). Together with the All Nations Dancers, a group of Anishinaabe dancers representing the Three Fires of Michigan: Ojibwe, Odada, and Pottawatomi, these performers will honor and explore the Indigenous heritage of the Raisin River. The four-hour event will include a talk on the Native Nations that share geography with Manchester, Michigan.

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Photographing a performance that builds community bonds

This fall, Theatre Y is presenting YOU ARE HERE – the Emerald Camino Project, a six-week urban pilgrimage across 11 Chicago communities hit hard by COVID-19 and systemic racism. Photographer Akinbode Akinbiyi will document the twelve days of this Camino Project along Chicago’s Emerald Necklace, what it is like for Theatre Y, community members, and audience members alike to explore the streets around them. His photographs will become part of the documentation memorializing this celebratory walk, archiving a joyous way forward into a more enabling future.

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Creating a public mural about disability representation

Artists Creating Together will invite the Grand Rapids community to collaborate on the creation of a public mural themed around disability representation and belonging. The title of the mural will be “We Belong” – a nod to the authentic inclusion of person with all abilities in the community. Activities will include an open house with activity stations; a large, outdoor public event with ACT’s mobile art studio, and a workshop for people with disabilities and their caregivers to participate in the mural process.

See all Round 1 Grantees

80 arts and culture organizations across the Midwest received GIG Fund grants in Round 1. Projects will take place between July 1 and December 31, 2021.

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Organization City State Grant Amount
George Daily Auditorium Oskaloosa IA $2,500.00
Levitt AMP Earlham Music Series Earlham IA $2,500.00
Fairfield Arts & Convention Center Fairfield IA $2,500.00
Golden Hills Resource Conservation and Development Area Oakland IA $2,500.00
Legacy Learning Boone River Valley Webster City IA $2,500.00
About Face Theatre Chicago IL $2,500.00
Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods Riverwoods IL $2,500.00
Red Clay Dance Company Chicago IL $2,500.00
Deeply Rooted Dance Theater Ensemble Chicago IL $2,500.00
The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago IL $2,500.00
Facility Theatre Chicago IL $2,500.00
Theatre Y Chicago IL $2,500.00
Garvey Tubman Cultural Arts and Research Center Springfield IL $2,500.00
Cedarhurst Center for the Arts Mt. Vernon IL $2,500.00
The Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University University Park IL $2,500.00
Egyptian Theatre DeKalb IL $2,500.00
Magura Cultural Center NFP Arlington Heights IL $2,500.00
Woodlawn Arts Academy Sterling IL $2,500.00
South Asia Institute Chicago IL $2,500.00
Indiana Fashion Foundation Corporation Indianapolis IN $2,500.00
DePauw University School of Music Greencastle IN $2,500.00
Big Car Collaborative Indianapolis IN $2,500.00
Bridging Worlds, Inc. Ft. Wayne IN $2,500.00
Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette Lafayette IN $2,500.00
The Performing Arts Conservatory, Inc Indianapolis IN $2,500.00
Towle Performing Arts Company Hammond IN $2,500.00
Richmond Shakespeare Festival Richmond IN $2,500.00
Friends of Historic Vernon Vernon IN $2,500.00
Michigan Festival of Sacred Music Kalamazoo MI $2,500.00
Real People Media, Inc. Calumet MI $2,500.00
Riverfolk Music and Arts Organization Manchester MI $2,500.00
Mackinac Arts Council Mackinac Island MI $2,500.00
South Haven Arts Association South Haven MI $2,500.00
Artists Creating Together Grand Rapids MI $2,500.00
The HAI Foundation Hamtramck MI $2,500.00
TeMaTe Institute for Black Dance and Culture Detroit MI $2,500.00
The Benton Harbor Public Library Benton Harbor MI $2,500.00
Accent Pontiac, Inc. Bloomfield Hills MI $2,500.00
Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Beaver Island MI $2,500.00
Aepex Contemporary Performance Ypsilanti MI $2,500.00
Oscoda County Library Mio MI $2,500.00
Flint Institute of Music FLINT MI $2,500.00
Crystal Theatre Crystal Falls MI $2,500.00
Exposed Brick Theatre St. Paul MN $2,500.00
Department of Public Transformation Granite Falls MN $2,500.00
CLUES (Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio) St. Paul MN $2,500.00
Mask and Rose Women’s Theater Puposky MN $2,500.00
Partnership Resources, Inc. Minneapolis MN $2,500.00
Pillsbury House and Theatre Minneapolis MN $2,500.00
Fosston Community Library and Arts Association Fosston MN $2,500.00
Plains Art Museum Fargo ND $2,500.00
Arts for Vets Grand Forks ND $2,500.00
Sleepy Hollow Theatre & Arts Park Bismarck ND $2,500.00
Bridges Arts Council Valley City ND $2,500.00
Performing Arts Center at Kent State University at Tuscarawas New Philadelphia OH $2,500.00
Greater Cleveland Urban Film Foundation Cleveland OH $2,500.00
Akron Art Museum Akron OH $2,500.00
Kent State University Kent OH $2,500.00
All People Arts Columbus OH $2,500.00
DANCECleveland Cleveland OH $2,500.00
Wave Pool Corp. Cincinnati OH $2,500.00
FRONT Exhibition Company Cleveland OH $2,500.00
Paper Circle Nelsonville OH $2,500.00
ArtSpace-Lima Lima OH $2,500.00
Springfield Museum of Art Springfield OH $2,500.00
Black Swamp Arts Council Archbold OH $2,500.00
In Education Akron OH $2,500.00
Kingdom Image Arts Columbus OH $2,500.00
Historic Homestake Opera House Lead SD $2,500.00
Gregory Horizons Community Development Corporation Dallas SD $2,500.00
Cave Collective Foundation Rapid City SD $2,500.00
Grand River Arts Council Lemmon SD $2,500.00
Friends of Rapids Music Wisconsin Rapids WI $2,500.00
Philadelphia Community Farm Osceola WI $2,500.00
Big Top Chautauqua Washburn WI $2,500.00
River Arts Prairie du Sac WI $2,500.00
Thrasher Opera House Green Lake WI $2,500.00
Hello Happiness Creativity Center Inc. Sheboygan WI $2,500.00
Young Auditorium at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater WI $2,500.00
Friends of McIntosh Memorial Library Viroqua WI $2,500.00