Voices of a Creative State 2014

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On June 2, 2014, nearly 500 of Illinois' cultural, civic, and corporate leaders gathered at Arts Alliance Illinois' 2nd annual benefit luncheon to celebrate the arts, participating in an engaging dialogue on policy and the role of the arts and creativity in the civic life of Illinois.

The centerpiece of the luncheon was a presentation by acclaimed playwright, Steppenwolf Theatre Ensemble member, and 2013 MacArthur Fellow Tarell Alvin McCraney on the powerful role that the arts can and should play in the civic life of Illinois. We also honored Richard and Susan Kiphart with our “Citizen Advocate” award, which recognizes individuals whose vision and civic leadership provide heightened visibility to the value of the arts.

See photos and videos from Voices of a Creative State 2014. 


Premier Sponsors
Richard and Susan Kiphart
Benefit SponsorsAllstate logo
Columbia College Chicago logo
The Crown Family
Ambassador Fay Hartog-Levin and Daniel Levin
Sylvia Neil and Dan Fischel
Alexandra and John Nichols
Ken and Jane Pigott
Honorary Co-Chairs
Governor Pat Quinn
Mayor Rahm Emanuel
Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky
Congressman Aaron Schock

Ambassador Fay Hartog-Levin (Ret.)
David Hawkanson


Patron Sponsors
Julie and Roger Baskes
BMO Harris Bank
Choose Chicago
Donna Van Eekeren Foundation
GCM Grosvenor
The Sun Times Foundation /
The Chicago Community Trust
William Blair & Company
Helen Zell
Benefit Committee
Sylvia Neil, Co-Chair
Ken Pigott, Co-Chair
Julie Baskes
Melissa Cherry
Victoria Dinges
Michael and Jacky Ferro
Dr. Kwang-Wu Kim
Alexandra and John Nichols
Martha O’Bryan
Paul Sznewajs
Diane Whatton
Helen Zell


Partner Sponsors
Chicago Dancemakers Forum
Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Chicago Zoological Society / Brookfield Zoo
Pamela Crutchfield
Richard and Gail Elden
Fifth Third Bank
Gabriella and Paul Rosenbaum Foundation
Goodman Theatre
Irving Harris Foundation
Joseph Kellman Family Foundation
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Lyric Opera of Chicago
Northern Trust
Southwest Airlines
Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Larry Suffredin
Terra Foundation for American Art
Event Planning Committee
Julie Schmidt, Chair
Greg Cameron
Janet Carl Smith
Pamela Crutchfield
Kassie Davis
Greg DiDomenico
Brooke Flanagan
Bau Graves
David Hawkanson
Christine Holm
Chris Jabin
José Ochoa
Patty White
Media Sponsors
New City

See photos and video from our inaugural 2013 event, Voices of a Creative State 2013.