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2004 CultureAmountProject Title
About Face Theatre$15,000 Youth Theatre
Albany Park Theater Project$3,000 15th Year Anniversary
Art Resources in Teaching$40,000 Visual Arts Residency program
Arts and Business Council of Chicago$30,000 Business Volunteers for the Arts
Arts for Learning Chicago$25,000 Content Development Activities
Brookfield Zoo$50,000 'Every Student is a Scientist' Program
Chicago Botanic Garden$55,000 Garden Camp for Teachers
Chicago Chamber Musicians$25,000 Arts Education Program
Chicago Children's Choir$35,000 In-School Program
Chicago Children's Museum$30,000 WordsAlive!-Poetry in the Schools
Chicago Historical Society$55,000 History Lab
Chicago Opera Theater$25,000 Opera for All
Chicago Symphony Orchestra$60,000 Music Activity Partnership
Civic Orchestra of Chicago$20,000 Musical Adventures with the Instrument Families Program
Court Theatre Fund$35,000 Classic Artists in the Schools
eta Creative Arts Foundation$3,000 15th Year Anniversary
Facets Multimedia/Chicago Int'l. Children's Film Festival$35,000 School Partnerships and Media Education Programs
Free Street Programs$25,000 Arts Literacy & TeenStreet Theatre Programs
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago$70,000 Moving in New Directions and the Focus Schools Initiative
Hyde Park Art Center$20,000 Partners in Art: Artists Mentoring Teens, Teens Mentoring Youth
International Music Foundation$16,000 Artist-in-Residence Programs
Jazz Institute of Chicago$40,000 Jazz Links
Joffrey Ballet$60,000 Middle School Dance Clubs
John G. Shedd Aquarium$70,000 Aiming for CPS Excellence in Science (ACES) program
Lincoln Park Zoological Society$90,000 Project N.O.A.H.
Lookingglass Theatre Company$30,000 Education and Community programs in the Chicago Public Schools
Marwen Foundation$50,000 Studio Program
Merit School of Music$40,000 Early Childhood, Dynamic Starts, Preparatory Programs
Muntu Dance Theatre$3,000 15th Year Anniversary
Museum of Broadcast Communications$20,000 DocuFest
Museum of Contemporary Art$45,000 Partner Schools Initiative and State of the Art
Museum of Science and Industry$7,500 15th Year Anniversary
Museum of Science and Industry$40,000 Educators' Inventive Genius Series (EIGS)
Museums in the Park$40,000 Museum Educators' Workshop
Music and Dance Theater Chicago$15,000 15th Year Anniversary
Music Institute of Chicago$20,000 Music Integration Project (MIP)
Music of the Baroque$20,000 Educational Outreach Program
Music Theatre Workshop$20,000 West Pullman Community Arts Project
Northlight Theatre$20,000 Classroom Interactive Programs
Northwestern University Settlement Association$25,000 Season for Young Audiences: Vittum Learning Partnerships
Old Town School of Folk Music$40,000 Youth Outreach Initiative Program
Pegasus Players$25,000 the ARTS program
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum$65,000 Science Teaching Network (STN)
People's Music School$70,000 Teachers' Stipends
Performing Arts Chicago$60,000 Education and Community Outreach Programs
Raven Theatre Company$15,000 Children's Workshop Series
Ravinia Festival$7,500 15th Year Anniversary
Ravinia Festival$10,000 Teachers Workshop for Princess Magogo
Ravinia Festival$75,000 Music Discovery, Music Illumination, Professional Development Institute
Redmoon Theater$7,500 15th Year Anniversary
Redmoon Theater$30,000 School Partnership Program, Dramagirls and the Bridge Campaign
Smart Museum of Art$33,000 Art in Focus/Art in the Making
Steppenwolf Theatre Company$65,000 Arts Exchange
Suzuki-Orff School for Young Musicians$20,000 Clap, Sing and READ! Program
WBEZ Alliance$7,500 15th Year Anniversary
WBEZ Alliance$55,000 VISIONS: WBEZ Student Workshops
WTTW, Channel 11$130,000 Artbeat Chicago
YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago$50,000 Chernin Center for the Arts Training Academy at the Duncan YMCA