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’s awards will enable Teaching 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.

Read about the inaugural awardees of the Katie Kurcz Awards in 2020: Emmy Bean, Dan Kerr-Hobert, and Lenny Zieben here.

Hear Lenny dig into his research on the Korg Volca Step Sequencer, a powerful tool for student composition, at Gallery Night 2020.


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. Please call Deirdre Harrison, Director of Development at 312-942-6861, or email her at, with any questions or for more information.

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.  

2020 Katie Kurcz Memorial Fund Grantees

Thank you to the founding Katie Kurcz Memorial Fund donors:

Francie Abramson
Mario Alberico
Andersonville Guesthouse
Claudia Arzeno
Assurant, Inc.
Charles and Nancy Baggett
Kimberly Baird
Karthik Balaji
Cherie Balan
Jim and Bev Ballor
Suzanne Bartlett
Brooke Benjamin
Peter and Paula Bergin
John Bierbusse
Rosalind Blaurock
Susan Bodine
Sumi Bose
Joel and Patricia Bright
Therese Brown
Arnold Bundy
Robin Canfield
Susan Carne
Karen Carpenter
Rene Carter
Phillip and Laura Cathlina
Carolyn Cecil
Michelle Chaitow
Anita Chakin and Ed Copelin
Barbara Charney
Chicago Cultural Alliance
Kathryn Cochill
Alex Cohan
Greta Cohan
Richard and Nina Cohan
David Cohen
Ronald Cohen
Zach Cohen
Anne Connolly
Richard and Chris Conrad
John Darguzas
Joseph and Christine Darguzas
Julia Dillon
Lorraine Dillon
Maggie Dillon
Jerry Donaldson

Karen and Doug Douglas
Maggie Douglas
Kate Dumbleton
James Ellis
Emily Farber
Linda and Sam Fisher
Erin Flatley
Amy Fleming
Sarah Frye
Noemi Garcia
Google, Inc.
Allison Green and Joseph Madison
D. Stewart Green
David and Susan Green
George and Sue Harding
Jackie Harman
Jessica Hathorn
Janet Havlik
Andreas and Ginger Hecht
Kirsten Hein
Michele and Douglas Helmuth
Elizabeth and Jeff Henderson
Cathy and Dan Hernandez
Andrew Holtz
Veronica and Scott Horbinski
Brian Inman
David and Mary Jackson
Daniel Jacobson
Jennifer Jansen
Rebecca Jensen
Steve Johnson
Shayna Jones
Martin Kappert
Kimberly Kavala
Joan Keiser
Lauren Kellar
Susan Kenn
Gary Ketner and Janice Clements
Liz Ketner
Amy Kieckhefer
Phil Kiracofe
Mary Kral
Lynnda Kratovil
Jessica Kull

Shara and Chris Kurcz
Tom and Mary Kurcz
Komloy Kutz
Monica Labelle
Kenneth and Judith Lamkin
Josephine Lamp
Cortney Lederer
Marcy Leonard
Bruce and Marilyn Levin
Doris Levy
Lesle Lewis
Ronald and Sachiko Lewis
Margaret LoSasso
Bob and Cindy Lowell
Tom and Laura Madison
Julie Mainelli
Scott and Kathleen Maizel
Jessica Martin
Shirley Massey
Jane McCann
Michael Morton
Eric Naumburg
Jesse Parmentier
Jim and Shirl Parmentier
Amy Peters
Judith Phibbs
The Pierce Family Foundation
Dianne Pitman
Patricia Polston
Sabrina Potterpin
Roberta Privette
Doug and Leslie Quint
Clarke Reddick
Paul and Laura Riger
Sarah Robinson
Deanna Roll
Anne Romens
Jamie Rooney
Shelley Roth
Ciara Rowley
Toby Sachs
Susan Sandler
Andrea Sanger
Emily Sawyer

Peter Schmitz and Bronwyn Poole
Daniel Schnur
Robert Schnur and Betty Karweick
Joan Schoenstene
Kate Sheehy
Tim and Trish Sinclair
Cathy Skala and Michael Hoover
Bruce and Kathie Smith
Frank Smith
Janis Smyers
Ginny Snyder
Mary Sova and Peter Handler
The Space Movement Project
Carrie Spitler
Sharon Spitzer
Carla Stevens
Mike Stevens
William Stevens
Laura Suozzo
Hannah Swartz
Kristen Teasdale
Elissa Tenny
Nicole Vioujas
Mai Vukcevich
Sally Vukcevich
Ashley Walter
Larrietta Ward
John and Donna Welp
Tracey Wentz
Francine Werdinger
Irene Whitaker
Laura Willis
Francesca Wilmott
Jennifer Wohl
Alison Woods
Paula and Elliott Woods
Diane Yamazaki
Marie Ziesat
Jackie Zorger