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  The Rockford Area Arts Council and West Side Show Room seek submissions for their inaugural play festival. Selected plays will be presented as staged readings the week of August 2014 by professional actors and the Rockford Area Arts Council’s ArtsPlace apprentices. Guest playwright, Nathan Alan Davis, whose play, The Wind and the Breeze, received the Kennedy Center’s Lorraine Hansberry award 2012/13, will coordinate the festival. All playwrights entering the competition will be invited to a free playwriting workshop by Davis

Guidelines for submission:

Write a short play of no more than 10 minutes in length that relates to the theme “Beginnings”. (10 pages)

There are two categories: Playwrights High School ages 14-18 and Playwrights ages 19 and UP. (State age category in cover letter)

Deadline for submissions: Friday, May 16

Electronic submissions are preferred. Send to:


An Inaugural Evening Event Celebrating Young Talent

The Kiwanis Club of Rockford will proudly unveil its inaugural fundraiser "Budding Artists" art show, live art auction, silent auction, music, hors d'oeuvres and cash bar on Friday, May 16th.

Budding Artists will provide a unique opportunity for selected high school artists from Boylan High School, Lutheran High School and Rockford's public schools to showcase and auction their art at an evening event at the Burpee Museum.

Please join us with your support for the talented and vital youth of our community.  One hundred percent of the proceeds raised from this event, including the auctions and grants will benefit the student artist, his or her school's art program and Kiwanis Charities of Rockford.

Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased online at, at any Alpine Bank Winnebago County location, or the Rockford Area Arts Council


Midway Village Museum's 40th Anniversary Photo Contest ~ Through October 2014

Every photographer is invited to join the museum’s 40th Anniversary Celebration through participation in a first-ever museum photography contest. Winning photographic entries will be published in a museum calendar for 2015. The contest will include both adult and youth entry categories. Entries will also be on display in a temporary museum exhibit opening in November 2014 with a reception to highlight the winning entries.

If you have any questions, please contact Lonna Converso, Director of Marketing, at 815-397-9112, ext. 110 or She will place your name on a list to be emailed the information packet and the completed details of the contest.
Partnering with the museum is the Rockford Area Arts Council.

For more information or to download the complete packet of details visit

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