First-Person: The Arts Alliance Illinois Blog

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?

Video interview: Governor Pat Quinn on the arts

Governor Pat Quinn talks about the arts with Americans for the Arts:

Governor signs education reform bill

Governor signs education reform bill

On June 13, Governor Pat Quinn signed Senate Bill 7 into law, opening the door for Mayor Rahm Emanuel to change the length of the school day and year in Chicago Public Schools.

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