News & Events


Live Performance: Tuesdays on the Terrace

Live Performance: Tuesday’s on the Terrace
When: Tuesday, July 27 at 5:30 p.m.
Featuring: Ethan Philion, 2020 Fellow in Jazz, Sponsored by James F. Kinoshita and Merrillyn J. Kosier with Stephen J. Schlegel
Location: MCA (220 E Chicago Ave., Chicago)
Click HERE to learn more.


Live Performance: Julian Velasco at LOUD Weekend

Live Performance: Julian Velasco at LOUD Weekend
When: Friday, July 30 – Saturday, July 31, 2021 at 7 p.m.
Julian Velasco, 2020 Classical Music Fellow, Saxophone, sponsored by the TAWANI Foundation
Location: Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, MA)


Next Begins Now


Mary and Lionel Go
Luminarts Board of Directors


Come together again for Luminarts’ signature celebration, Next begins Now! The event will feature world-class performances, studio visits, and readings by Chicago’s most outstanding, emerging artists, an elegant dinner and cocktail reception, and an exciting live auction with works by Nick Cave and Michelle Grabner. Proceeds from Next begins Now will provide the life-changing resources needed by exemplary, young artists to launch a professional career in the arts.

For updates, please visit or contact Marlena Dzis, Development Director, at or (312) 692-2379. Ticket information coming soon. To view sponsorship opportunities, please click HERE.


Presenting Sponsor

Innovation Sponsors

Mary and Lionel Go &

Doug Walker

Creativity Sponsors


Myrna W. Kaplan

Dr. Sally Metzler and George Dunea, MD

Cherilyn G. Murer

Matt R. Olaveson and Adam G. Vitale

William Richards &

Impact Sponsors

Mark and Lynne Arizmendi
Chartwell Insurance Services
Scott and Edie Fortman
David Helverson and Wells Fargo Advisors
Thompson Coburn LLP
Shade Family Foundation
Brian and Robin Velo

Thank you to our Host Committee!*

Matt R. Olaveson, Chair

Mark and Lynne Arizmendi
Sarah de Blasio
Mike and Cheryl Del Campo
Mr. Michael J. Dompke
John and Connie Donnelly
Celine Fitzgerald
Mr. and Mrs. C. Luther Fors, II
Scott and Edie Fortman
David Helverson
L. Jessica Jagielnik
Karen and Bob Jones
Myrna W. Kaplan
Kylie A. Krizek
Susan Lape and Tim Bowling
Lindsay and Kyle Mackey
Dr. Sally Metzler and George Dunea, MD
Cherilyn G. Murer
Ken Norgan
Tope Sadiku and Aaron-Michael Sapp
Steve. Schlegel
Doug Walker
Rebecca Woan

*As of July 21, 2021

The 2020 Next begins Now digital program may be found HERE.