Areas of Interest

The Lester and Hope Abelson Fund for the Performing Arts is interested in original artistic expression in performance in music, theater, and dance by nonprofit organizations. We support new and distinctive work that plots a new direction, and seeks to help strengthen the structure to continue that work as it reaches broader audiences.

The Hopie Award is presented annually to recognize two emerging organizations, at least three years old, that are working toward a distinctive, innovative, and inspiring artistic vision. Recent winners include Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival, Third Coast Percussion, Ensemble Dal Niente and Teatro Vista - Theater with a View. View more recent winners