Katie Kurcz Memorial Fund 2019-10-08T12:46:47+00:00

The Katie Kurcz Memorial Fund at Snow City Arts will be utilized to enrich the artistic development of Snow City Arts’ Teaching Artists and ultimately the children and youth they engage. The Fund will be used to encourage artists to intentionally reach outside of the hospital environment and across disciplines through professional development activities or the development of projects with other artists or organizations to enhance their artistic practice AND impact their work in the hospital setting. The Fund will also support the showcasing of these endeavors on a regular basis at SCA’s Gallery Night, in other displays, or through print documentation.


If you would like to donate by check or a donor advised fund, please put Katie Kurcz Memorial Fund in the memo. Checks can be made out to Snow City Arts and mailed to 1653 W Congress Pkwy, Rush-Kidston 103, Chicago, IL 60612. 

September 24, 1982 – May 12, 2017

Katie Kurcz was an arts administrator who dedicated her career to building awareness and capacity for arts organizations, Katie knew better than most people about the impact the arts has on the lives of people and communities. A talented painter in her own right, Katie supported the visual, performing, and language arts, and after attending graduate school, she worked for almost a decade with arts organizations across Chicago. 

Katie became acquainted with Snow City Arts in 2010 and shortly thereafter volunteered to be the founding co-chair of the Snow City Arts Auxiliary Board. For seven years she led the charge to build a strong, capable network of advocates. Her contributions and dedication to our organization have had a profound impact on the success we share today. To date the Snow City Arts Auxiliary Board has raised nearly $500,000 and so much of the success of this Board can be traced directly to the energy, passion, and boundless spirit of Katie. Her establishment of Team Snow City Arts, our annual fundraising run, has generated tens of thousands of dollars and has brought awareness of our mission to hundreds of new people.  

For the nearly two years that Katie battled cancer, she continued to be driven by her dedication to the arts, and never wavered in her passion for Snow City Arts and their important work. As she spent those months in and out of treatment, she developed a new perspective and appreciation for how a creative enrichment could bolster the most vulnerable among us. And she developed a renewed interest in supporting the teaching artists who facilitated moments of freedom and creativity in the otherwise hectic lives of young people in hospitals.