First-Person: The Arts Alliance Illinois Blog

Governor Quinn receives Public Leadership in the Arts Award

Today Governor Pat Quinn received the Americans for the Arts Public Leadership in the Arts Award at the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayor in Washington, DC.

Governor Quinn receives Public Leaders in the Arts Award

Ms. Lefkovitz: The teacher who inspired me the most

At Thanksgiving I asked you, "Who first inspired you in the arts?"

My earliest memories -- not of the arts, but period -- are of my father creating wonderful works of art with his bare hands. I wanted to emulate him. When I was four years old, all I wanted to do was create things too, bring my ideas to life. I would get a pencil and draw characters and images on the backs of envelopes and on scratch sheets of paper. I learned at an early age that my imagination could take me to far away places.

Final federal budget for 2012: mixed results for arts and arts education

Final federal budget for 2012

The final fiscal year 2012 budget passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate this weekend includes $146 million in funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.

Give thanks to those who opened your world to art

Give thanks

Do you remember your art, dance, music, or theater teacher?

Many of us were lucky enough to have teachers or mentors who helped our creative spirits take flight. Many of us had programming in our schools that built our self confidence and let us soar -- whether on stage or the page, on canvas or in clay.

Have you had an arts instructor who changed the course of your life?

Updated: As most Midwest states cut, arts funding in Illinois stays steady

As most Midwest states cut

The budget passed by the General Assembly on May 31 essentially flat-funds the Illinois Arts Council in fiscal year 2012. It appropriates $9 million from the General Revenue Fund to the Council -- compared to the $9.5 million invested in fiscal year 2011.

What does the budget mean for the arts?

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