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JULY 2020 UPDATE

Our communities are in various stages of reopening, and in some cases closing down again due to COVID-19. Protests continue in the uprising against racial inequity, highlighted by tragic losses of black and brown lives due to police brutality, systemic racism, and the pandemic. In case you missed it, this is our call to action during these times

Staff in both locations continue to work remotely, and we are holding a virtual board meeting later this week. We hope you and your loved ones are well.
Our next reporting and proposal deadline is Friday, July 31. To access a report and/or begin an application, visit our website.
Board member Rick Lowe was recently highlighted for his Greenwood Project, a community-based creative work commemorating the centennial of Tulsa's Race Massacre of 1921.
This recent Sun-Times article discusses the struggles of Chicago theaters amid COVID-19. While digital content has been a means of keeping audiences engaged, it doesn't make up for lost revenue generated by live, in-person theater. And reopening with restrictions isn't viable for most.
Introduction to Systemic Racism
GDDF is a member of Enrich Chicago, which in partnership with Chicago Regional Organizing for Antiracism (CROAR), is offering this virtual workshop July 16 and 17. It introduces the idea that racism is a systemic, institutional problem of power, and creates the rationale for a structural intervention to dismantle it.
Lawyers for the Creative Arts
LCA's COVID-19 Resources and Brief Service Response Center is geared toward Illinois arts and culture organizations, but there are resources in here for organizations across the country. 
South Carolina Arts Alliance
The Alliance compiled a comprehensive guide for reopening for arts and culture organizations. Created with South Carolina in mind, it could be a reference for other states, as well.
$200,000 in grants were awarded to 32 museums, libraries, and other collecting organizations in Chicago and South Carolina to provide immediate relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the Chicago-based recipients were profiled in this Chicago Tribune article, including Bronzeville Historical Society, Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, Chinese American Museum of Chicago , A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum, Haitian American Museum of Chicago in Uptown, and the National Museum Of Gospel Music. Read the press release here.
The Chi-Cal Rivers Fund proposal deadline is this Thursday, July 9th. See NFWF's website for details. The Fund is a public-private partnership working to restore the health, vitality and accessibility of the waterways in the Chicago and Calumet region by supporting green stormwater infrastructure, habitat enhancement, and public-use improvements.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Capacity Building Program
The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has announced its new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Capacity Building Program. It seeks to support DEI change at up to twelve U.S. conservation organizations. The program is an open competition with applications due July 31.
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