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Recent Updates, Upcoming Deadlines: 

Fiscal Year 2010 Grant Payment Update: "On May 27th, I wrote you regarding payment of FY2010 grants. In that letter, I referred to letters I had sent to Comptroller Dan Hynes and David Vaught, Director of the Governor's Office of Management & Budget asking about the prospects for payment of FY2010 grants. I am pleased to tell you we have received positive assurances from both Mr. Hynes and Mr. Vaught." -- Letter from Shirley R. Madigan, Chairman, Illinois Arts Council, June 15, 2010. More...  
Grant Review Meetings: Fiscal Year 2011 Program Grant & Partners-In-Excellence Review Meetings. More...


specialeventsSpecial Events

Don't Miss Open Dialogue 2010: August 12-14 
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Open Dialogue 2010 is a unique space to discuss issues, challenges, successes, and perspectives of arts organizations and artists in communities of color.
The Association of American Cultures (TAAC) invites leaders both established and emerging to Open Dialogue 2010 to formulate action-agendas promoting equity in cultural policy, funding and leadership in the 21st Century.
At Open Dialogue 2010 participants will discuss policies and programs which individuals, organizations, foundations, and policy makers are encouraged to strategize and organize around in order to further advance cultural democracy and cultural equity platforms AND programs in today's new era of change. Recognizing some quantitative progress in equity and diversity issues over the last three to four decades, it is most urgent at this historic time of change to evaluate and set forth action-agendas around TAAC's foundational pillars for real, substantive, long-term change.
TAAC convenes artists and cultural workers that are reflective of our pluralistic society to inform and advocate for democratic cultural policy. For more information, including a schedule of events or to register today, please visit www.taac.com.
Hosted by the Illinois Arts Council in partnership with ArtsMidwest, City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, and The Joyce Foundation.
Open Dialogue 2010 Scholarships: Scholarships are now available through the Illinois Arts Council in collaboration with Arts Midwest for artists and nonprofit organizations from Illinois seeking to attend The Association of American Cultures (TAAC) Open Dialogue 2010. The deadline for application is Wednesday, July 7, 2010. More... 

spotlightGreat Performers of Illinois: July 9-11

Annual Celebration of the Arts Unique to Illinois 
Internationally renowned violinist Rachel Barton Pine will headline a free concert at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago's Millennium Park on Sunday, July 11, at 7 p.m. during the Great Performers of Illinois festival, an annual celebration of the arts unique to Illinois.
Prior to the concert, Pine will receive the 2010 Great Performer of Illinois award for her outstanding contributions to classical and rock music and to the cultural life of Illinois. Pine follows Dennis DeYoung, former singer and songwriter of Styx, and blues great Buddy Guy as the third recipient of the award.
The concert will be the centerpiece of the annual Great Performers of Illinois festival, three days of free entertainment, Friday, July 9 - Sunday, July 11, where more than 50 performers from throughout the state will present a variety of musical genres including rock, indie/punk, electropop, and alternative country on multiple stages in Millennium Park.
For a full schedule and more information, visit www.greatperformersofillinois.com.  

ArtsCouncilNewsIllinois Arts Council Website

We are pleased to announce the modernization of the Illinois Arts Council website and its new address online, at www.arts.illinois.gov.
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The recreation of the Illinois Arts Council website in Fiscal Year 2010 came as part of the agency's plans for overall online resource modernization, along with the conversion of paper grant applications and final reports to eGrants and the launch of the Illinois Cultural Data Project.
Through these and other efforts, both online and off, it is the intention of the Illinois Arts Council to improve access to agency information and enhance our ability to provide a broad range of resources and capacity building tools for artists, arts administrators, and educators. Further, these efforts enable the Illinois Arts Council to create greater transparency and increase understanding of relevant creative sector data for governmental officials and the general public.

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.arts.illinois.gov 
Email: iac.info@illinois.gov  
Facebook: www.facebook.com/illinoisartscouncil  
EN ESPAÑOL:Para información en Español llame al Illinois Arts Council al 312/814-6750. Si usa TTY, llame al 888/261-7957 
Shirley R. Madigan, Chairman
Terry A. Scrogum, Executive Director
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