Arts Council launches ‘ArtSavers’ Challenge in hopes of raising funds

Organization’s budget cut by 75 percent in three years

• Rockford Area Board of Directors to donate $1 to match every $1 in donations made by Aug. 31 in ArtSavers Challenge

Staff Report

After facing its second major funding reduction in three years, the Rockford Area Arts Council has launched an “ArtSavers” Challenge with the hope of raising additional funding.

The City of Rockford recently reduced the Arts Council’s funding from $50,000 to $25,000, amounting to a 75 percent reduction overall in the past three years. The city staff has been asked by the city council to explore other possible funding sources for the additional revenue.

In the Arts Council’s ArtSavers Challenge, for every dollar donated to the Arts Council by fiscal year end, which is Aug. 31, the Rockford Area Board of Directors will raise a dollar to match.

Donations are accepted online at or at the Arts Council office, 713 E. State St., during regular business hours, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and 8 a.m.-noon, Friday.

Area businesses willing to collect donations will be given “ArtSaver” Collection boxes. Contact the Rockford Area Arts Council at (815) 963-6765.

From the Aug. 24-30, 2011, issue

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