First-Person: The Arts Alliance Illinois Blog

National Arts Advocacy Day is April 8 & 9 in Washington, DC

National Arts Advocacy Day

This April 8 & 9, Arts Alliance Illinois will continue its tradition of leading a delegation to Washington, DC for National Arts Advocacy Day, a one-of-a-kind opportunity for advocates to speak out for the arts and arts education and be heard by Congress.

Arts Alliance Illinois joins Common Core Coalition

Common Core: Real Learning for Real Life

In Illinois today, 80 percent of jobs require some sort of postsecondary degree, yet only 30% of the state’s adults ever earn one. To raise the bar, Illinois -- and 44 other states -- have adopted Common Core State Standards.

U.S. Rep Aaron Schock co-chairs new STEAM Caucus in Congress

Congressman Aaron Schock

U.S. Representative Aaron Schock (R-IL18) has agreed to co-chair the nascent STEAM Caucus in Congress alongside Democratic Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici from Oregon. The charge of the STEAM Caucus is to change the vocabulary of education to recognize the benefits of both the arts and sciences -- and their intersections -- to our country’s next generation.

Ra Joy speaks at the University of Chicago Cultural Policy Center

University of Chicago Cultural Policy Center

Ra Joy, Executive Director of Arts Alliance Illinois, led a discussion at the University of Chicago Cultural Policy Center on policy opportunities and challenges facing the arts sector in Illinois.

Key take-aways from Ra's remarks:

Illinois lands first major movie project of 2013

Cinespace Chicago Film Studios

"Divergent," a film based on a novel by Illinois native Veronica Roth set in a dystopian Chicago, will start shooting in Chicago this spring.

From the Chicago Tribune:

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