The Rockford Area Arts Council has made the decision to postpone our summer arts programs until 2021. The wonderful work done by our teaching artists and our youth will be truly missed this summer, however we must provide for the safety of all involved. It is with both caution and care that we must announce that we will not host ArtsPlace, ArtsPlace II, and RAAC Camp this year.
We are following the orders and guidelines of Illinois Governor JB Pritzker, in addition to the most up-to-date information from the Winnebago County Health Department. Your family’s health and safety is our priority. The Arts Council will continue to plan how to move forward as we are apprised of new information regarding the COVID-19 crisis.
During this uncertain time, the Rockford Area Arts Council wants you to be encouraged—We are stronger together and we look forward to an exciting summer of the arts in 2021. Please follow us on Facebook and our Website for the latest news, art resources, and engagement opportunities.
The Rockford Area Arts Council’s mission is simple–to support, promote, and develop access to the arts for everyone. We are advocates for both individual artists and regional arts organizations—and you!
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The Rockford Area Arts Council, in partnership with the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Transform Rockford, Alignment Rockford, and the Rockford Public Schools, developed a Youth Short Film Showcase for our elementary, junior high, and high school students!
Young film makers are encouraged to create a short video, not to exceed 3-minutes, focused on an area of study in school. It’s time to get creative, students! These short films should be wildly creative and unique in their approach to everyday school assignments. We encourage youth to let their artistic side shine! Examples include, but are not limited to the following:
- Acting out a piece of literature (English/theatre/speech class)
- How to dance like Beyonce (physical education/dance/theatre)
- Bake or cook using French subtitles (foreign language, science, math)
- How-to shoot a free throw, launch a football, or serve a tennis ball (Phys Ed)
The ideas are limitless!
All approved videos will be uploaded to the Rockford Area Arts Council’s YouTube Page and separated into academic themes. Select videos may be shared on partnering agency’s pages. Submissions required by May 15, 2020. Themes or subjects include, but are not limited to the following:
Math—Science—Social Studies—Literature—Visual Art—Foreign Language—Music—Language Arts—Theatre—History—Dance—Physical Education—Speech–???
Rockford Area Arts Council Executive Director, Mary McNamara Bernsten, says “Alone Together is the Arts Council’s response to the COVID crisis; We encourage artistic expression during this time of seclusion and isolation as a way to connect and relate to each other’s experiences. And, kids are so naturally creative—they’re already making videos like this, but maybe now they’ll receive extra credit!”
- Create a video, not to exceed 3 minutes, using the criteria above. Please ensure the video is saved as a link for submission. Actual files cannot be uploaded to the Google submission form. Links only (i.e. Dropbox, YouTube, etc.)
- Submit & Consent (Deadline May 15, 2020)
Complete the Google form to submit your video. Parent must be present to complete the consent portion of the form. Google Submission Form
Thank you for sharing your creative process with our Rockford community!
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