Since ART WORKS Projects (AWP) launched its work as a human rights arts advocacy organization in Chicago over a dozen years ago, it has established a significant global footprint. Using public art to reach hundreds of thousands of viewers, AWP has inspired audience members on five continents to support an end to grave human rights abuses. While proud of our impact, we know more essential work needs to be done. And so, as we prepare for the decade to come, AWP is proud to announce the Next Steps Campaign 2020.


Since 2006 we have exhibited in over 60 cities in 30 countries on five continents. We’ve supported more than 100 artists and launched over 25  individual multi-media projects. As an organization, we’ve relied primarily on heavily invested volunteers and friends like you. We’ll always be an entrepreneurial team – but now is the time to support this bold success with the staff and infrastructure that can leverage the global network we’ve built together.

Over the coming months, the staff, board, and friends of AWP will build up the financial support necessary to ensure that on January 1, 2020, this unique organization is ready to make an even bigger impact on the human rights challenges we face today and the ones we must guard against tomorrow.


1. Increase our financial resources so we may effectively build on the work that has already been completed.
2. Diversify our donor base to create long-term sustainability for this important work.We invite you to join us in taking the Next Steps as a donor and a campaign member.




Sustainer: $50,000+
Leader: $35,000 – $49,000
Partner: $20,000 – $34,999
Advocate: $10,000 – $19,999
Ally: $5,000 – $9,999
Friend: $2,500 – $4,999
Teammate: $1,000 – $2,499
Seed: $1 – $999



Howard Conant, Jr.


Conant Family Foundation


The Patricia Crown Family
The Henry Nias Foundation


Leah Missbach Day
Ashley F. T. McCall
The Lowrey Rodriguez Family Trust


The Frankel Family Foundation


Dedrea & Paul Gray
Steven Roeder
Wendy M. Taube, Esq.
Roberta Feldman


Sonya Anderson
Kelsey Bailey
David Ballon
Judith Guajardo
Alex Von Hoffman
Hunter Hollins
John Ptak
Amy Yenkin & Robert Usdan



We look forward to sharing more about our work with you.
Please contact us at or +1 (312) 649-0025.


Major support has been provided by:
Arts Work Fund at The Chicago Community Trust / Humanity United / Illinois Humanities / The Open Society Foundations / The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation / The National Endowment for the Arts / Oak Foundation / Bertha Foundation


The generous commitments of long term, in-kind support from the following individuals and organizations have been integral to ART WORKS’ growth:
Urban Innovations /  Sawyer Agency / Giorgio Baravalle/de.MO / Maren Wickwire/Manifest Media / J. Matthew Jacob /  Friedman Law Group, Ltd. / Melcher + Tucker Consultants / Michael Grill/Holland & Knight / Erin Maresko Design