The Arc receives grant from Rockford Area Arts Council

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The Arc of Winnebago, Boone and Ogle Counties was awarded a 2015 City Arts Action Grant from the Rockford Area Arts Council. The grant will be used to help fund the project, “Finding Your Voice as an Artist.”

Finding Your Voice as an Artist” is a four-week session taught by local artists: Lisa Frost, Jordan McDonald, Rhiannon Stanuch and Christopher Tyson. The classes will be offered March 30, 2015-April 20, 2015, 4-5:30 p.m., at The Arc offices. Topics covered include: finding the artist voice; creating a body of work; developing an artist statement; and pricing and marketing as an artistic entrepreneur. The goal of the project is to build upon the artists’ instinctual and creative abilities, and support artists interested in providing an income stream.

The Rockford Area Arts Council is a non-profit agency for the arts in northern Illinois whose mission is to promote, support and develop the arts for everyone. Through The Arc’s Project Art, artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) are provided social and professional opportunities utilizing their creativity. Both the Rockford Area Arts Council and Project Art share a goal to enhance and cultivate the arts in the area. Amy Newell, executive director of The Arc, stated, “We are excited to be partnering with the Rockford Area Arts Council to promote and expand the arts in our community.”

The Arc’s objective is to help families raise children diagnosed with I/DD at home and support adults to live in their communities and participate with work, worship, family and friends. Along with an expanding art program, The Arc offers life skills development classes, informational seminars and social activities.

Posted Dec. 5, 2014

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