Evanston’s Piven Theatre Workshop is the recipient of an $8,000 grant from Commonwealth Edison’s Powering the Arts Program, designed to increase access to the arts and strengthen local cultural offerings for underserved audiences in the areas served by ComEd.

Piven is one of 17 non-profit arts organizations throughout northern Illinois to receive one of the grants, in a partnership with the League of Chicago Theatres

Piven intends to utilize the grant to support theatre workshops and performances for female inmates at Cook County Jail.

This is the first year that ComEd and the League, an alliance of more than 200 Chicago theatres, have partnered for the Powering the Arts Program. Both organizations are committed to supporting institutions that broaden exposure and access to the arts to enhance the vibrancy of the community.

Non-profit organizations submitted their grant applications for Powering the Arts this spring. An advisory committee composed of members of the region’s non-profit arts and culture community reviewed eligible applications. ComEd funds the program, and the League serves as the program administrator for grantees.

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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