Illinois Arts Council News
in this edition (FY10-04)

*All applicants to the Fiscal Year 2011 Program Grants, Grants to Arts Service Organizations, and Partners-in-Excellence Programs are required to participate in the Illinois Cultural Data Project (Illinois CDP).  


UpdatesFiscal Year 2011 Application Updates

Please review the following updates regarding the Fiscal Year 2011 (FY11) Program Grants, Grants to Arts Service Organizations, and Partners-in-Excellence Programs: 

The annual March 15 application deadline for the above programs has been extended to Tuesday, April 20, 2010. The program guidelines and applications will be available in mid-March, 2010.  

All FY11 applications to these programs will be submitted online through the Illinois Arts Council eGrant system. You will receive email notification when the guidelines and applications are available from the Illinois Arts Council website.

The FY11 guidelines include the incorporation of a Funders Report from the Illinois Cultural Data Project (more information below) as a required application attachment and the transition from a paper to an electronic application process.  
Prior to the April 20th deadline, Illinois Arts Council program staff will conduct free application workshops/webinars to assist applicants in completing FY11 Program Grant proposals. A list of these sessions will be available on the Illinois Arts Council website (www.state.il.us/agency/iac) in mid-March.
If you have any questions regarding the FY11 Program Grants, Grants to Arts Service Organizations or Partners-in-Excellence Program, please follow this link and contact the appropriate Illinois Arts Council Program Staff

CDPThe Illinois Cultural Data Project (FY11 Application Requirement)

ALL applicants to the FY11 Program Grants, Grants to Arts Service Organizations, and Partners-in-Excellence Programs are required to participate in the Illinois Cultural Data Project (Illinois CDP). 
If you have not yet started your Illinois CDP data profile, you are encouraged to do so well in advance of the April 20th application deadline. Applicants must complete their data profile before they are able to run the Illinois Arts Council Funders Report, which is a required application attachment. Visit the Illinois CDP Web site at www.ilculturaldata.org to register for an account and start your profile. 
The Illinois CDP offers a variety of free training and user support assistance. There is online training available, a toll-free help desk, and user support assistance, as well as free access (by phone) to financial consultants specializing in accounting for non-profits. In addition, in-person new user training sessions and webinars have been taking place throughout the state. These important training sessions will show you and your staff how to enter data into the Illinois CDP and use its powerful reporting features. Please feel free to attend the session with more than one representative of your organization, including your executive director, your development director, and your finance manager or bookkeeper.
For information regarding the Illinois Cultural Data Project, please visit the Illinois CDP website or contact the Illinois CDP Help Desk toll free at 866-99-ILCDP (866-994-5237) or email help@ilculturaldata.org.    
Get the most from the Illinois CDP. Free training sessions and webinars are scheduled now for the week of February 22nd. Register Here!    

POLAttend Illinois' Poetry Out Loud State Final on March 18th!

Thousands of students from Illinois schools statewide participated in the 2009-2010 Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest, a free program created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation to encourage youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance.
The Illinois Arts Council implements Poetry Out Loud statewide as a collaborative project with seven regional partners: Springfield Area Arts Council, Literature for All of Us, 40 North/88 West (Champaign), Rockford Area Arts Council, Jacoby Arts Center (Alton), Carbondale Community Arts, and Quad City Arts (Rock Island).
This year's state final, featuring recitations by sixteen regional contest winners, will take place on Thursday, March 18, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. in Springfield's Hoogland Center for the Arts. Attendance is free, open to the public, and accessible.
To learn more about the Poetry Out Loud program in Illinois, or express your school's interest for 2010-2011, please contact Susan Dickson, Illinois Arts Council Director of Ethnic & Folk Arts, Literature, and Presenters, at susan.dickson@illinois.gov.  

About the Illinois Arts Council Logo  

Illinois Arts Council Logo: Hybrid Muse The Illinois Arts Council logo is a stylized version of a cast bronze sculpture, "Hybrid Muse," created by Illinois' renowned artist Richard Hunt. The work was commissioned in 1985 by the Illinois Arts Council Foundation to honor the twentieth anniversaries of the Illinois Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. The "Hybrid Muse" sculpture is given to recipients of the Governor's Awards for the Arts.

Contact Information

Illinois Arts Council
James R. Thompson Center
100 West Randolph
Suite 10-500
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312/814-6750
Toll free in Illinois: 800/237-6994
TTY: 888/261-7957
FAX: 312/814-1471
Website: www.state.il.us/agency/iac  
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Shirley R. Madigan, Chairman
Terry A. Scrogum, Executive Director
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