First-Person: The Arts Alliance Illinois Blog

Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon Receives Public Leadership in the Arts Award

Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon

Americans for the Arts and the National Lieutenant Governors Association presented Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon with the Public Leadership in the Arts Award for State Arts Leadership, which honors a public official who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the advancement of the arts at the state level.

Gov. Quinn Signs State Budget into Law

Governor Pat Quinn

Today Governor Pat Quinn signed into law the state’s budget for fiscal year 2014. It includes a 24 percent increase to the Illinois Arts Council Agency—raising the state's investment in the Arts Council to $10.1 million, or 79 cents per person. The state invested 63 cents per person in 2013 and ranked 26th in the nation in per capita spending on the arts.

General Assembly Passes 24 Percent Increase in Arts Council Funding

Breaking news on FY2014 state budget

The Illinois General Assembly just passed a budget that increases funding for the Illinois Arts Council Agency in fiscal year 2014 by 24 percent.

$1.8 Million in NEA Grants Heading to Illinois

National Endowment for the Arts

Joan Shigekawa, Acting Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, has announced that 37 new grant awards, totaling $1.82 million, will be delivered to arts organizations across Illinois.

Chicago’s Investment in CPS Arts Education Plan Doubles to $1 Million

Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Mayor Rahm Emanuel was joined by Chicago Symphony Orchestra Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant Yo-Yo Ma in announcing the investment of an additional $500,000 of City funding towards the implementation of the first ever Arts Education Plan for the Chicago Public Schools.

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