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UpdatesFiscal Year 2011 Program Grants & Grants to Arts Service Organizations Guidelines & Applications Now Available Online

Overview: Grants are available to not-for-profit Illinois organizations conducting arts programming of high artistic merit. Applications may be submitted for General Operating Support or Project Support. Colleges and universities, and organizations whose primary services are not arts-related, may only apply for costs related to public arts programming activities. Fiscal Year 2011 Program Grants support activities occurring between September 1, 2010 and August 31, 2011. 
Deadline: Tuesday, April 20, 2010. 
More information: Please follow this link for additional information regarding important changes to this year's process, and to sign up for an upcoming application workshop or webinar: MORE...

POLAnnouncing Illinois' 2009-2010 Poetry Out Loud State Champion: Annette Putnam of Orion High School

Annette Putnam of Orion High School
Annette Putnam
Illinois' 2009-2010 Poetry Out Loud State Finals took place on Thursday, March 18th, in Springfield's Hoogland Center for the Arts, and the Illinois Arts Council is pleased to announce that Annette Putnam has been named State Champion.
Putnam is a senior at Orion High School, located in Henry County. She recited "My Last Duchess" by Robert Browning, "Doña Josefina Counsels Doña Concepcíon Before Entering Sears" by Maurice Kilwein Guevara, and "What For" by Garrett Hongo.
Carbondale Community High School senior Robert Ketter won runner-up, reciting "A Red, Red, Rose" by Robert Burns, "Advice to a Prophet" by Richard Wilbur, and "I Knew a Woman" by Theodore Roethke.  
Nearly 5,000 students from 47 Illinois high schools participated in this year's 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 in collaboration with seven regional partners.
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.   

spotlightThinking Beyond the Label with Dance>Detour's Alana Wallace

Alana Wallace & Dance>Detour
Alana Wallace founded Dance>Detour in 1995 to develop and promote artistic collaborations between artists with and without disabilities working together to explore dance movement as equals. Wallace contracted polio at the age of five, but always believed she was born to perform. She says the wheelchair is "a beautiful accessory" that affords her a unique opportunity to embrace and express dance. 
Wallace recently starred in the first TV commercial in a national campaign for employing people with disabilities, called "Think Beyond the Label." We took the opportunity to ask her a few questions. 
IAC: What is dance?
Wallace: I would describe dance as "movement expression that comes from the soul." Physically integrated dance involves collaborations that include dancers of varying  abilities who explore movement possibilities together as EQUALS. 
IAC: Who can be involved?
Wallace: Dance>Detour's philosophy is that "Everyone Can Dance," and that there is quality in all types of movement - far beyond typical perspectives and stereotypes that a dancer must be someone of a particular age with a certain type of body and/or uniform style of movement. In fact, ALL MOVEMENT IS VALID, even if it is only an eyelid blinking.
IAC: How does the public benefit when the State of Illinois supports Dance>Detour?
Wallace: The support that we receive from the Illinois Arts Council makes it possible for  us to provide a wide range of program options which include main stage performances, lecture demonstrations, tailored workshops, and multi-level training for children and adults with varying abilities that otherwise could not be accomplished.  Thus, we are able to provide the public-at-large with an opportunity to see that performers with disabilities EXIST and have significant contributions to make to the arts.  
IAC: What does it mean to Think Beyond the Label? 
Wallace: It means that "Labels don't tell the whole story." People go through life labeling each other: "the bald guy," "the girl in the wheelchair," etc. And as we know, labels can go from harmless to hurtful. So the clever message of the Think Beyond the Label commercial is: before you label someone, think twice about whether it truly pertains to their productivity in the workplace.
IAC: Where can people see you perform next?
Wallace: I will be appearing in an acting showcase of seven solo artists -- with and without disabilities -- on Wednesday, April 8, 2010, 8:00 pm, at Prop Theater (3502 N. Elston Avenue, Chicago, IL). Also, on April 14, 2010, Dance>Detour will be performing at Chicago State University at the Student Union Building (Rotunda Room, 9501 S. King Drive, Chicago, IL). For more information, email dancedetour@aol.com.  
IAC: Thank you. Interested readers may follow this link to view the commercial:  http://www.youtube.com/user/thinkbeyondthelabel.      

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