As the year winds to a close, LivingRoom is so excited to announce the winners of The 2011 Micro Grant Project! As the project grows it becomes harder and harder for us to choose because we receive such amazing applications. We here at LivingRoom want to send out a big thank you to everyone that applied. We wish you nothing but the best and salute you for all you bring to the communities around us. This years winners:

FYI - For Youth Inquiry Is a collective of artists, educators and activists. Our mission is to engage youth in safe, accessible conversations about sexual health and sexual violence through participatory theatre. FYI is a partner with Communities in Schools of Chicago (CISC) to recruit audience participants. CISC targets schools in the most need of comprehensive sexual health programming, i.e. schools in neighborhoods with the highest STI, HIV and pregnancy rates. Together they develop relationships with the schools and administration to help us provide creative programming and LivingRoom is proud to help FYI fill a much needed gap in Chicago's health and arts community.

Jingwoan Chang - Community Yoga at Lindblom School Jingwoan Chang is a one woman force dedicated to bringing the practice of Yoga to Chicago's Englewood community, where she teaches. For the past three years Jingwoan has been changing the perceptions many students and adults in the neighborhood had about Yoga and has been providing classes on a pay what you can afford basis. Jingwoan admires the meditative and peace bringing aspects that Yoga has on the individual and is very excited to bring this gift to the Lindblom School. We here at LivingRoom salute Jingwoan and are more than happy to help her program continue to blossom!


And although we could not award them with cash...LivingRoom was also very proud to help the Southside Hub of Production get the kitchen appliances they were looking for through generous donations from The Rebuilding Exchange and Allied Buying Corporation.

SHoP (Southside Hub of Production) is a collective of artists, writers, film makers, craftspeople, educators, and local civic organizations who have come together to create a local cultural hub space in Hyde Park, Chicago. SHoP’s main aim is to stimulate local cultural activity and to foster artistic and cultural enrichment of all kinds in the neighborhood.