Voices of a Creative State 2016

Friday, June 10, 2016
The Fairmont Chicago, 200 N. Columbus Drive
11:15 a.m. Networking Reception
Noon - 1:30 p.m. Luncheon

Voices of a Creative State 2016
On June 10, 2016, Illinois' cultural, civic, and corporate leaders gathered at the Fairmont Chicago for Arts Alliance Illinois' 4th annual benefit luncheon to celebrate the arts and participate 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 discussion featuring director/producer Kirsten Kelly and Roque Sanchez of The Homestretch, an award-winning documentary about youth homelessness and the power of the arts to address crucial social issues. 

We also honored Jim and Kay Mabie with the Alliance’s “Citizen Advocate” award, which recognizes individuals whose vision and civic leadership provide visibility to the value of the arts. Check out our video tribute. 

See photos or watch videos from the 2016 Voices of a Creative State luncheon. 



Premier Sponsor
Allstate logo

Benefit Sponsors

 William Blair logo
Susan and Richard Kiphart
Ambassador Fay Hartog-Levin (Ret.) and Daniel Levin
Jim and Kay Mabie

Patron Sponsor
BMO Harris Bank
Chicago Dancemakers Forum
Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Choose Chicago
Columbia College Chicago
John Shea

Partner Sponsors
The Chicago High School for the Arts
Chicago Zoological Society / Brookfield Zoo
Kassie Davis
Goodman Theatre
Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies
Irving Harris Foundation on behalf of Joan Harris in honor of Jim and Kay Mabie
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Lyric Opera of Chicago
Tom Owens
Pepper Construction Company
The Reva and David Logan Foundation
Diane Spradlin
Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Larry Suffredin
Helen Zell


Benefit Co-Chairs
Ambassador Fay Hartog-Levin (Ret.) and Daniel Levin
Susan and Richard Kiphart
Julie and Daniel Schmidt
David Woolwine

Benefit Committee
Mimi de Castro
Ginger Farley
Brooke Flanagan
Dr. Kwang-Wu Kim
John Shea
Paul Sznewajs
Diane Whatton

Event Planning Committee Chair 
Brooke Flanagan

Event Planning Committee
Janet Carl Smith
Kassie Davis
Rena Henderson Mason
Ginger Farley
Duffy Farrell
Meredith Mack
José Ochoa
Julie Schmidt
Scott Silberstein
Camille Wilson White