Propeller IMPACT Fund 2020

Round Four of Propeller IMPACT Fund opens Monday, October 26 at 9am, CDT and closes Thursday, October 29 at 5pm, CDT

American Sign Language version of the 2020 Propeller Impact Fund announcement is available below. 

This is an American Sign Language interpretation of the 2020 Propeller Impact Fund Announcement. Signed and captioned by Deaf interpreter Erin Sanders-Sigmon.

For 2020, Propeller Fund is adapting its annual project-based re-granting program to now focus on providing short-term financial support to artists who are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Open to artists in the *Chicagoland area with a practice grounded in the visual arts, Propeller Impact Fund will distribute $500 unrestricted, one-time grants over four rounds of applications. The $500 grants are disbursed the month following each application deadline. A total amount of $56,000 will be disbursed over the four rounds. 

Funded through the generosity of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and co-administered by Threewalls and Gallery 400, Propeller Impact Fund welcomes all eligible artists to apply, with priority consideration for communities that are impacted disproportionately including: ALAANA artists (African descendent, Latinx, Arab, Asian, Native American), d/Deaf and disabled artists, LGBTQ2SIA+ artists, and gender non-conforming and non-binary artists. For general questions and feedback, email the Propeller Fund Associate at

Round One: April 22 at 9am, CDT – April 25 at 5pm, CDT
Round Two: June 22 at 9am, CDT – June 25 at 5pm, CDT
Round Three: August 24 at 9am, CDT – August 27 at 5pm, CDT
Round Four: October 26 at 9am, CDT – October 29 at 5pm, CDT

-Unrestricted grants will be offered in the amount of $500.
-Potential applicants should be aware that due to limited funding and the potential high demand, only a small percentage of those who apply will receive the grant.
-Selection process will be done via lottery, with priority considerations taken into account.

-Applicants must be individual artists grounded in the visual arts.
-Applicants must be able to demonstrate activity in their artistic discipline over the past three years.
-Applicants must be residents of the *Illinois counties listed below.
Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, LaPorte, McHenry & Will.
-Applicants will need to express how they have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Those not eligible to apply include:
-Students enrolled in any degree program.
-Artists who have retained full-time jobs.
-Propeller Fund grantees awarded in November 2019. 

Applicants will fill out a brief Google Form. Please keep your answers as simple and concise as possible. To ensure that Propeller Impact Fund practices equitable funding, you will be asked to share certain demographic information, in order to identify those who may fall within the priority consideration. All information shared by applicants is confidential. 

For d/Deaf and disabled artists: if you have any issues completing the application form, you may apply by phone or video. To complete the application by phone or video, please contact Barak adé Soleil, Threewalls’ Director of Programs at 347.385.0986 (text or call) between Tuesday – Saturday 11:00 am – 4:00 pm or email

Launched in 2010, Propeller Fund is jointly administered by Gallery 400 and Threewalls, and funded through the generosity of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The Andy Warhol Foundation has invested in the creation of a growing national network of regional re-granting programs, which currently exist in sixteen cities: Albuquerque, Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Miami, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Portland (ME), Portland (OR), Saint Louis, San Francisco, and Washington DC. The Warhol Foundation has authorized these re-granting partners to re-allocate their $100,000 grants to create and administer COVID-19 emergency relief funds in their communities.

Artist Tax Workshop

Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 6:30 pm
Gallery 400 (400 S. Peoria St.)

Hosted by Propeller Fund, this workshop led by Krystal Boney instructs artists on how to properly claim grants on their taxes and how to account for artwork sales, honoraria, and more. In addition to sharing her insights on tax-filing best practices for artists, Krystal will also be able to address questions pertinent to individualized circumstances.

Bean Knights is a team of accountants based in the United States led by founder Krystal Boney. Our clients specialize in numerous industries and are based in Detroit, Chicago, and New York. She started her career in Big 4 accounting and has spent several years working for several Fortune 500 corporations.

Artist Tax Workshop

Artist Tax Workshop
Tuesday, March 12, 6pm
Gallery 400
400 S. Peoria St

Hosted by Propeller Fund, this workshop led by Janet Ecklebarger will instruct recent grant recipients and applicants on how to properly claim grants on their taxes and how to account for artwork sales, honoraria, and more. In addition to sharing her insights on tax-filing best practices for artists, Janet will also be able to address questions pertinent to individualized circumstances.

Janet Ecklebarger earned her Master’s degree from Cranbrook, in 1992. She has been working as a tax associate since 2005 and specializes in deductions for artists, musicians, and other creative types while also offering tax and accounting techniques for the right brained.

2017 Awardee ICUQTS Presents 2018 Symposium

ICUQTS 2018: International Chicago Underground Queer Transcendance Symposium
Art Exhibition, Performances, Panel Discussions, Workshops, Vendors, Community Organizations
September 29 and 30, 2018 1-9pm
2134 S Troy St, Chicago, IL

Join us for the inaugural ICUQTS: International Chicago Underground Queer Transcendance Symposium. ICUQTS is an interdisciplinary festival celebrating creative cultural engagement with local and international queer communities through exhibition of visual & performance art, music, panel discussions, and workshops, around the theme of queer (LGBTQIA+) transcendence.

ICUQTS features artwork from over 50 visual and performance artists from across Chicago, the US, and the world, as well as Chicago-based vendors and community organizations.

Tickets available at More information about artists and programming at

ICUQTS 2018 is a part of EXPO Art Week 2018, and is a 2017 Propeller Fund Awardee.

ICUQTS is presented by TRQPITECA, a Chicago-based artist duo and production company creating an intersection between art, queer culture, and dance music, with the intention of fostering creative engagement with the diverse communities of which we are a part.

2016 Awardee For the People Artists Collective Coloring Book Release

It’s finally happening. Our 3rd installment of For the People Artists Collective’s radical coloring books is finally fresh off the press and ready for distribution! Come through and pick up your copies!

Sunday, August 12, 2018 
1:00 PM – 4:00PM
Hyde Park Art Center

Our 1st coloring book, “Color Me Rising” was made in collaboration w/ the Chicago Childcare Collective (ChiChiCo). Their original coloring book, “Color Me Rad,” truly inspired our series. We highlighted 20 inspiring actions & efforts that spanned from November of 2014 thru December of 2015 in Chicago. Our 2nd coloring book, “Color Me Resisting,” was supported by ChiChiCo again, and highlighted an additional 20 different actions + efforts for justice in our city in 2016.

As we all know, 2017 was a really hard year. FTP Artists Collective decided our next coloring book would focus on healing justice and all of the work being done in Chicago. From uplifting Intersex Awareness Day to South Side’s Trans Beach Party to #NoCopAcademy, our 3rd book, “Color Me Healing,” is our biggest one yet, hence, why it’s taken so long! Folks worked really hard on this one, and we are super excited to share it with you.

— All ages are welcome — especially kids!
— Space is wheelchair accessible.
— Activities planned: Life-size coloring pages to color in, fun games, and more TBA!
— A very, very short program will happen at 2:30pm.

★★★Coloring books are $10 each,
with a limit of 10 per person. ★★★

If you are with an organization that works with youth, or are featured in the 2018 coloring book, please email so we can set aside a number of copies for you.

If you supported the coloring book going to print and pre-ordered on Indiegogo, this is the time & place to pick them up! Thank you for your patience and for supporting our work!

This event is possible thanks to the support of the Chicago Childcare Collective, the Hyde Park Art Center, and Crossroads Fund!

2014 Awardee ACRE TV Hosts TV Making Workshop

Saturday, August 18, 3-5:30pm
TV Making Workshop Hosted by the 48203 Dance Show
333 Midland St., Highland Park, MI

Kera MacKenzie and Andrew Mausert-Mooney, co-directors of ACRE TV (an artist-made livestreaming tele-vision network) will facilitate a three hour (with breaks!) workshop in which all participants will learn about and make LIVE and LIVE-TO-TAPE TV!  All ages and experience levels are welcome, no equipment is required, though if you have a laptop or camera please bring it. In this workshop we will:

  • Look at some examples of live artist-made television, especially dance shows!

  • Take turns doing a multicam edit of footage from The 48203 Dance Show!

  • Set up a multi-cam livestream and practice live switching!

  • Broadcast our finished edits live on!

Bring lunch! We’ll provide snacks!

2014 Awardee The Patternbase Sculpture on the Mag Mile

Lighthouses On The Mag Mile: A public art display celebrating access & inclusion for people with disabilities
On display: June 19th-August 11
The Patternbase Lighthouse is located at 555 N. Michigan Ave.
A full map of all lighthouse locations can be seen here.

Come out this summer and view Lighthouses on The Mag Mile, a citywide free public art display celebrating the call to action of access and inclusion for people with disabilities.  This will take place along Chicago’s North Michigan Avenue from June 19-August 11. This event will feature 51 six-foot lighthouse sculptures, created by national and local Chicago artists, many with disabilities. Learn more about the project at

2011 Awardee 6018|NORTH July 2018 Events

Living Architecture
Working Studios 
Monday, July 16, 7-9pm
Monday, July 30, 7-9pm
6018 N. Kenmore Ave., Chicago, IL
Living Architecture is a large-scale, multidisciplinary exhibition, with public programming including performances, tours, workshops, and conversational dinners that highlight the influence and impact of immigrant artists on Chicago. So that 6018North embodies the artistic process as a living architecture of labor, in July and August the artists will use the house as a studio, open on the weekend to the public and by appointment. On four evenings – July 16July 30August 13August 27 – the public is also invited to Working Studios, collaborative events where artists engage the public in their work as process-based, communal initiatives. Working Studios are on Mondays, often thought of as the first work day of the week. We invite you to join us.
Living Architecture
Tour and Performance at Tree Studios
Saturday, July 28, 10:30am-12pm
Tree Studios
4 E. Ohio St., Chicago, IL 
Free public tours – walking and by trolley – occur at historic sites around the City to highlight Richard Bock’s work and other immigrants’ contribution to Chicago design. Tours include performances of music and dance by immigrant and first generation artists to breathe life into historic houses with contemporary innovation. These aim to upend narrow ideas of cultural heritage and national identity which often leave out the immigrants who built and worked in these homes.
The first off-site program is at Tree Studios on Saturday morning, July 28. Tree Studios was built by Arthur Woltersdorf, with relief sculptures by Richard Bock. To highlight Bock’s designs: Tom Burtonwood presents a performative maker-space, Dr. Sharon Grimes of the Richard W. Bock Sculpture Museum discusses Bock’s work, and Carlos Salazar Lermont presents a performance. Additional summer tours will be announced in the near future.

2015 Awardee John Preus Infinite Games Music Night

A night of music and sound​ with​ Infinite Games artist/musicians
Thursday, June 7, 7-10pm
Open House Contemporary
740 N. Ogden, Chicago, IL

All are invited to a music night at Open House Contemporary, and an opportunity to tour Infinite Games. A group of the artists in the exhibition perform on one of the 3 floors housing the exhibition. Performers include Madeleine Aguilar, Tadd Cowen, Douglas Ewart, Walter Kitundu, Lou Mallozzi, Dan Sullivan, Titus Wonsey.

Madeleine Aguilar-
Madeleine Aguilar was born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1998. She currently lives in Chicago, IL where she attends The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
In 2015 Madeleine made an album titled Made In which chronicled the life of Joan of Arc and help her overcome her personal difficulties. In 2017 she completed an album titled yearlong, which is comprised of a song for every month as a record of an entire year of her life.
Douglas R. Ewart-
The polymathic Douglas R. Ewart has been honored for his work as a composer, improvising multi-instrumentalist, Professor Emeritus, conceptual artist, sculptor, mask and instrument designer, builder and more. As an educator, Ewart bridges his kaleidoscopic activities with a vision that opposes today’s divided world by culture-fusing works that aim to restore the wholeness of communities and their members, and to emphasize the reality of the world’s interdependence.
Walter Kitundu-
Kitundu is an artist, inventor, and musician known for creating turntable based instruments and site-specific installations. He is also an educator, birder, motorcyclist, and MacArthur Genius.
Lou Mallozzi-
Lou Mallozzi is an interdisciplinary artist who works in sound art, installation, performance, improvised music, and other intersecting realms. He is on the Sound Department faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Dan Sullivan-
Musician and furniture designer Dan Sullivan has lived in Chicago for over 20 years. Dan owns Navillus Woodworks, a custom fabrication business, and plays in Arriver, a heavy metal/art-prog rock group that has released 3 full-length LPs and several EPs. The most recent LP, Emeritus, was released in late 2016, and retells the Chernobyl disaster as a parable of magical realism.
Selected Reviews of Infinite Games 
Lori Waxman’s best of 2017 
New Art Examiner – Infinite Games 50/50
Bauwelt – German design and architecture magazine. 

2017 Awardee The Back Room at Kim’s Corner Food Back Room Residencies

May-October, 2018
The Back Room at Kim’s Corner Food
1371 W. Estes Ave., Chicago, IL

We are pleased to announce The Back Room Residencies, a six-month-long series of residencies in The Back Room at Kim’s Corner Food, beginning in May and running through the end of October.

These four residencies are conceived as platforms for experimental responses to the ongoing project of The Back Room, and its unique context in the realm of Kim’s Corner Food and Thomas Kong’s practice.

1371 West Estes Avenue is decidedly a site of production—as we begin this series, we are excited to transition the focus of our programming from an exhibition space to a nakedly work-in-progress-driven operation.

To this end, the four artists in the series have each chosen a description of their position which diverges from the standard moniker ‘artist’—Jesse Malmed will act as Dramturge-in-ResidenceAlejandro T. Acierto as Archivist-in-ResidenceAram Han Sifuentes as Gyopo-in-Residence, and Robin Hustle will be Ruth-in-Residence.

MAY 1 – JUNE 24, 2018
Jesse Malmed
(aka Titler-in-Residence, Helper-in-Residence, Salesman-in-Residence)

Raised at Spirit of the Earth in Santa Fe (née Ribbons of Pune), the progeny of Wonder Cleaner/Trade-Ur-Vac/Iguana Zeolite/TRS (Vancouver/Edmonton) and Party Pickins (Philadelphia), Jesse Malmed’s life in small businesses includes stints at and as Wicked Sandwiches of the West, Deep Leap, Lasercave, the Live to Tape Artist Television Festival, Western Pole, Trunk Show, HALLWALLS2, The Nightingale Cinema and ACRE

JUNE 25 – AUGUST 15, 2018
Alejandro T. Acierto

Alejandro T. Acierto is an artist and musician whose work is largely informed by the breath, the voice, and the processes that enable them. He is Artist in Residence in Critical Race Studies at Michigan State University, a 3Arts awardee, and has shown his work internationally at the Film Society of the Lincoln Center, MCA Chicago, and the Art Institute of Chicago among others. A founding member of Ensemble Dal Niente, Acierto holds an MFA from University of Illinois at Chicago, an MM from Manhattan School of Music, and a BM from DePaul University.

Aram Han Sifuentes

Aram Han Sifuentes is an artist who creates socially engaged and materially rich projects that aim to create an art world that is available and accessible for those who are disenfranchised, particularly for dispossessed immigrants of color. Aram is currently an Artist in Residence at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, and a Sponsored Artist at High Concept Labs. She is a 2016 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow, a 2016 3Arts Awardee, and a 2017 Sustainable Arts Foundation Awardee.

MAY 1 – OCTOBER 31, 2018
Robin Hustle

Robin Hustle as Ruth-in-Residence is a neighbor, nurse, and artist. During her residency—which will span the entire duration of the Back Room Residencies—she plans to bring people together for food and community, scheme with Thomas, and work on a publication.