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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…

12th annual film festival opens in Beloit

The 12th Beloit International Film Festival is set to bring the world to Beloit and Beloit to the world, February 24 to March 5. All the hundreds of final details, from scheduling to travel arrangements, are falling into place. This year’s…

107 local students for RAM’s Young Artist Show

Rockford Art Museum (RAM) opens its 76th Young Artist Show: High School Division with a free, public opening and awards ceremony 1–3 p.m., Sunday, March 5. Teachers at 20 schools within 50 miles of Rockford Art Museum submitted nearly…

RAAC accepting registrations for winter arts program

The Rockford Area Arts Council (RAAC) is offering “ArtsPlace Winter Intensive” for youth ages 14-18. It will be held January 2-6, 1-4 p.m. at Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center, 450 N. Main St., and Rockford Dance Company, 711 N. Main St.…

Adding our thanks to Chris Wachowiak

By Anne E. O'Keefe Rockford Area Arts Council It goes without saying that Krypto has been a tremendous asset to the cool quotient of downtown since Chris Wachowiak opened its doors as such. He didn’t just have a vision; he built a team…

Womanspace presents Passport to the Arts

By Anne E. O'Keefe Rockford Area Arts Council For the third year, Womanspace will be presenting “Passport to the Arts” in which their seven-acre campus is transformed. This year it will be transformed into the Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu,…

RAAC summer programs provide creative outlet for youth

By Anne E. O'Keefe Rockford Area Arts Council When I was young, I went to Brown Park and enjoyed slap hockey and making box lanyards. The opportunity to work with professional artists and to create alongside kids from all over the city…

Beloit Fine Arts features local artist Spitznagel

The Beloit Fine Arts Incubator will open their July exhibit on Friday, featuring the work of artist and Beloit-native Carol Spitznagel. As a senior at Beloit Memorial High School, she received a scholarship to Columbus College of Art and…

(usual) Suspects present Sondheim’s Assassins

By Anne E. O'Keefe Rockford Area Arts Council Assassins is the final performance for the (usual) Suspects inaugural season. Shows are Thursdays through Sundays, 8 p.m. at The Nordlof Center, 118 N. Main. Remaining dates are June 23…

Sharing arts initiatives evokes great pride

By Anne E. O'Keefe Rockford Area Arts Council I was honored to present at the Tri-State Presenters Conference at University of Dubuque. The topic was community revitalization and the role of the arts and creativity. The conference is a…

Rockford Art Museum to host Midwestern Biennial exhibit

By Anne E. O'Keefe Rockford Area Arts Council The Rockford Art Museum (RAM), 711 N. Main St., opens the Rockford Midwestern Biennial juried exhibition Friday, June 10. RAM members are invited to a gallery walk with juror Sarah Krepp,…