the Illinois Arts Council Newsletter
Dear Friend of the Arts in Illinois,  
Springtime is for Program Grants at the Illinois Arts Council! Program Grants support organizations of all sizes and disciplines that build strong, creative, and connected communities all throughout the Land of Lincoln. Almost 900 applications for Fiscal Year 2010 made the deadline last month, and we look forward to reviewing each and every one in great detail. We will keep you apprised as things proceed. Meanwhile, for those interested in a 15-point overview of the Program Grant review process, see "The Grants Process, Explained" from last April's HeARTland.   

Photo of FY10 Grants Being Screened

Now more than ever, Illinois needs the economic, educational, and civic benefits of the arts. In today's HeARTland e-newsletter, you will find three kinds of opportunities:

A chance to help cultivate sustainability in the vitality of Illinois' creative spirit and help make the IAC a better (looking) place, one poster at a time!

IAC-OPPSIAC Opportunities & Announcements
The Illinois Arts Council seeks qualified applicants for the 2009-2011 Arts-In-Education Program Artists Roster and the 2009-2011 Artstour Program Artists Roster. Artists rosters are updated every two years and are available on the agency website. Inclusion in these rosters provides artists with increased visibility, job opportunity, and networking support. Artists may apply for inclusion in both or either of the rosters: 

    • Are you a teaching artist? If you can demonstrate high artistic quality, a record of professional achievement, and the ability to work in educational settings, you may benefit from applying to be listed in the 2009-2011 Arts-in-Education (AIE) Artists Roster. Only AIE roster artists are eligible for work through the IAC's Arts-in-Education Residency Program. Deadline May 15, 2009. Find out more... (pdf) 
    • Are you a performing artist? If you are a professional performer or part of a group of performers who demonstrate high artistic skills, creative programming, and efficient management, you may benefit from applying to be listed in the 2009-2011 Artstour Roster. Only Artstour roster artists are eligible for work through the IAC's Artstour Program. Deadline May 15, 2009. Find out more... (pdf)

Go Kareem, Go! Illinois' Poetry Out Loud State Champion Goes to Washington -- On Tuesday, March 10, student winners from 14 high schools statewide took the stage at the Hoogland Center for the Arts in Springfield to compete in Illinois' State Finals of the 2009 Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. Kareem Sayegh of the University Laboratory High School in Urbana emerged Illinois' State Champ. Sayegh will advance to the National Finals in Washington, D.C., April 26-28, along with the winners from every state and Washington, D.C., to compete for a total of $50,000 in scholarships and school stipends. Find out more...

ElsewhereOPPSOpportunities From Elsewhere
One of the Illinois Arts Council's main objectives is that "the arts and cultural community statewide will be stronger and better connected - to each other and to the broader community - and will use these new connections to advance a more vital and robust creative landscape for the entire state." In keeping, we present you with the following opportunities from elsewhere:

    • Saving America's Treasures? The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and the National Park Service are seeking applicants for the Save America's Treasures 2009 grant program. Funds are available for preservation and/or conservation work on nationally significant intellectual and cultural artifacts (artifacts, collections, documents, sculpture, and works of art) and historic structures and sites. The deadline for applications is May 22, 2009Find out more...
    • Free Consulting: The Kennedy Center has launched a new initiative and website called Arts in Crisis, a program designed to provide planning assistance and consulting to struggling arts organizations throughout the country. Open for non-profit 501(c)(3) performing arts organizations, the program will provide counsel from the executive staff in the areas of fundraising, board development, budgeting, marketing technology and other areas during the troubled economy. Find out more... 
    • Got Craft? The Illinois Artisans Program focuses national attention on the rich heritage of Illinois' fine crafting. They're continually searching for talented new artists. Over 1600 artists from all areas of arts and crafts have been jury selected into the program since 1985. The next application deadline is September 12th, 2009. Find out more...
P-C-OPPSPartnerships & Collaborations
Just as art is meant to be shared with others, the Illinois Arts Council believes in partnership and collaboration in all aspects of our work, and we encourage collaboration between the arts and cultural community in Illinois and the broader community in our state, our country, and around the world.
    • Universal Arts: Forums on Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities -- The Illinois Arts Council, in partnership with the Illinois Department of Human Services and Access Living of Metro Chicago, is proud to present Universal Arts: Forums on Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities. Taking place May 12, 2009 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield, Illinois & May 18, 2009 at Access Living of Metro Chicago. Attendance is limited! Interested parties are encouraged to follow this link and complete the Universal Arts Forums Survey and Registration by Friday, April 17, 2009Find out more...
    • Illinois is One State: Together in the Arts -- In the midst of a sea change, will you tread water alone or join forces with fellow arts leaders to navigate toward sunnier climes? Rally together with colleagues throughout the state June 1st & 2nd, 2009, in Peoria, Illinois at the biennial One State: Together in the Arts conference, co-convened by the Illinois Arts Council and the Illinois Arts Alliance. The theme of this year's One State is "See Change," addressing topics of internal organizational change, environmental changes, and the impact of arts and cultural work in building vital, prosperous, livable communities. Single-day registration, scholarships, early registration, and group discounts are available. Find out more... 
    • Midwest Folk Festival: The annual Midwest Folk Festival takes place August 1st and 2nd this year in historic Bishop Hill, Illinois. This year's festival will focus on presenting the ethnic and folk arts of post WWII immigrant populations. Art forms from folk and ethnic groups will be showcased in a variety of formats, including live performances, hands-on activities, demonstrations, displays, and an artist-led children's area. In addition to multiple stages and activity areas, festival goers will have the opportunity to enjoy barn dancing, great food, and more. The 2009 Midwest Folk Festival is sponsored and led by the Illinois Arts Council, Bishop Hill Heritage Association, and Company of Folk, in cooperation with the Bishop Hill State Historic Site, the Iowa Arts Council, and the Wisconsin Arts Board. Stay tuned for more details! 
Inside-OPPSInside the Illinois Arts Council
IACrecyclesIllinois Recycles: Send Us Your Posters!

Picture of a Tree on a ButtonWe of the Illinois Arts Council are honored and grateful to play a role in this agency's almost half-century of continuous and equitable support for arts organizations, artists, arts education, and arts activities statewide. We also try to keep things pretty green, doing more online and printing only the essentials. Thus, while we always have a great deal to tell the world about all the public good this support does for all Illinoisans, it seems we don't have all that much nowadays to actually show!
So, if you find yourself with an extra poster - from the past, present, or future - why not send it on over? (Or better yet, just drop it off if you happen to be in the neighborhood!) Your poster may find a new life brightening a staff person's cubicle, or your poster could even be selected at random for placement in the "hallowed" high-traffic reception area!
Recycle your posters and help the IAC show off all the good that public funding does for the arts in the Land of Lincoln. Send your spare posters to the Illinois Arts Council, c/o Zenie Pruitt, 100 West Randolph Street, Suite 10-500, Chicago, IL 60601.

Fiscal Year 2008 Annual Report
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