RAAC announces 2017 grant recipients

The Rockford Area Arts Council and its Board of Directors announced the recipients of its 2017 Community Arts Access Grants. The grants are made possible in part by the Illinois Arts Council Agency, the City of Rockford and generous members.

The Rockford Area Arts Council awarded nearly $16,000 in grants to artists, arts organizations and community groups. This year, 17 organizations and individuals received a Community Arts Access Grant.

“We are very excited to receive this grant from the Rockford Area Arts Council,” said Bonnie Spurling of RPS 205. “The funds received from this grant will be used to offer an after-school instrumental program at Froberg Elementary School. Our ultimate goal is to provide instruction for 5th grade students who attended the Petting Zoo and showed interest in participating in the MS instrumental music program, as well as to provide a safe and productive environment for students after the school day ends.”

Grants are awarded in amounts up to $2,500 to artists and community non-profit organizations for projects which increase access to the arts for underserved people and/or increase the visibility of the arts for people in Boone, DeKalb, Ogle and Winnebago counties.

This year’s recipients are:

  • African-American Resource Center: “Bookerfest” celebration of African and African-American art, music, food and history held July 2017 at Booker Park – $500
  • Artists’ Ensemble Theater: AET will form a new performance troupe of 6-10 teens offering free performances for underserved youth – $1,500
  • Boone County Arts Council: “The Fifth Grade Arts Festival” introducing students to various art mediums – $500
  • Center for the Arts & Spirituality: “The Art Kitchen” providing art opportunities for the underserved to enable personal expression and community connection – $500
  • Discovery Center Museum: DCM will host performances by Ho Etsu Taiko Japanese drummers in conjunction with the traveling exhibit Hello from Japan in summer 2017” – $800
  • Eswood PTO/Boosters: The Art Attack School of Art classes for students at Eswood Elementary School – $2,000
  • NAMI Northern Illinois: A Video Gallery of Poetry, Music and Theatre bringing the artistic experiences of persons with mental illness into the community – $800
  • Natural Land Institute: “Art in Nature” program at Klehm Arboretum providing hands-on learning in nature with students at Lathrop School – $2,000
  • Rockford Art Museum: “The Outsiders: Spiezer Collection Art Exhibit” on view February 10-May 29, 2017 at RAM – $500
  • Rockford Dance Company: RDC and Gigi’s Playhouse will offer 30 classes to adults with Down Syndrome culminating in a performance at RMP – $1,000
  • Rockford Public School District #205: “After school music programs for underserved school students in grades 2-5 – $500
  • Rockford Rescue Mission: Art Therapy classes and “Remade” program involving local artists for residents – $1,000
  • Rockford Symphony Orchestra: RSO Guest Artist Outreach providing educational presentations and a live performance to underserved students – $800
  • Rockford Wind Ensemble: “Fifteenth Annual Youth Honors Band” workshop and performance – $1,200
  • The Music Academy: A Cellobration and Conversation with Edward Kelsey Moore, collaboration with The Music Academy & Rockford Public Library – $1,000
  • The West Side Show Room: 2017 Rockford New Play Festival presents a staged reading of six original short plays by playwrights from Rockford and around the world – $600
  • Village of Mt. Morris: “Mt. Morris Jamboree” free music concert series from June-August – $800


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