Burton E. Dikelsky Memorial Access to Arts Fund

The vision of the Burton E. Dikelsky Memorial Access to Arts Fund is to expand arts access to students and their families in the Chicago Southland by helping them overcome informational, transportation, social, and economic barriers, among others through: 

  • Accessibility support for student audiences and those with varied abilities, including sign language interpreters for student programming and transportation subsidies for schools and groups.   
  • Summer Camp Scholarships and ticket subsidies to help remove/reduce financial barriers for students to engage with the arts.    
  • Programming: (artist fees support) designed to bring diverse artists and companies to our community who bring relevant and powerful information to educate youth and activate compassion/cultivate an informed empathy with suffering of all human beings. 
  • Artistic Literacy: FREE engagement activities for educators, students, and their families to help them create personal, meaningful and authentic arts encounters. 

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    Priority will be given to programs that increase arts engagement and access among diverse student audiences (Pre-K to 12 grade), especially for underserved and/or economically disadvantaged participants.