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Harper Court Arts Council

Get To Know Us

Background    In 2008, with assets from the sale of the Harper Court shopping center, the Harper Court Arts Council was
founded as a grant making 501(c)(3) foundation with the dual purposes of supporting the arts and
economic development within the geographic boundaries of Chicago's Hyde Park-Kenwood neighborhoods,  defined as 47th Street to 59th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue to the Lakefront.


As of 2022, HCAC has made grants totaling more than $1.28 million to 36 organizations with a particular focus on projects that enhance cultural programming and services for children and youth or stimulate economic development and community diversity.

Board of Directors
President                 Addison Braendel, Partner, Baker McKenzie  
Treasurer                  Mary Anton,  Board Member of Hyde Park School of Dance and Court Theater
Secretary                  Barbara Koenen Founder + Director, Creative Chicago Reuse Exchange

                                  Marlies Carruth,  Senior Program Officer, MacArthur Foundation
                                  Nathan Decety, Accenture

   Kenneth Grant, President, Grant Construction, Inc

   Paula Jones, Director of Operations, St. Thomas the Apostle Parish; Board Member, Hyde Park Jazz Fest

                                  Nika Levando, University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement

                                  Jacob Rosenbacher, Fastly

as of October 2023

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