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2018 Annual Report

The Rockford Area Arts Council is pleased to report on our activities this year.  It is through your support that allows the Arts Council to realize our mission: support, promote and develop the arts for everyone!

Here are the highlights of the 2017-2018 season.

Promoting the Arts:

Shumway Market Promotions

RAAC OFFICE at 713 East State serves as a venue to advertise local arts events. Brochures and posters are prominently displayed and accessible for tourists and local walk-in visitors.

Social media is used to share all the great arts events in our area.

Shumway Gallery

RAAC recently renovated its historic Shumway Building from a regular office space to an art gallery and intimate performance space!  The Shumway Gallery allows the public to view great works of art featuring artists from across the United States and the Rockford area.  Exhibitor’s included Valerie Gibbons (Footsie Stools), Auburn CAPA Student Exhibit, Brock Pieper and the Rockford Art Guild.  Gallery hours are Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

RAAC ArtScene

Held every April and October, this annual event attracts between 8,000 and 10,000 residents and visitors to Rockford’s finest galleries, studios and other venues and affords many local artists increased visibility and sales.
Fall 2017 (35 venues/355 artists)
Spring 2018 (41 venues/275 artists)
 

Rockford City Market

RAAC offered artists the opportunity to showcase work at the RAAC booth at Rockford City Market every Friday from May 18 through September 28. (11 artists/groups)
Participating Artists:
Kyle McDonald
Jason Gough
Thomas Harrison (Three Ravens Studio)
Brock Pieper
Karen Harding
Laura Sjoquist
Jenny Mathews (Rockford Illustrating)
Rockford Area Arts Council (ArtsPlace)
David Zoberis (Zobie’s Artwork)
Greg O’Neil (Leaf River Woodcrafters)
Judy Moe

On Your Mark Fun Run

The Rockford Area Arts Council launched a year-long celebration of its 30th Anniversary with an On Your Mark 5K Fun Run on Saturday, September 9, 2017.  The course began at the home of RAAC’s board president Doug Mark and concluded on the 1500 block of Harlem Blvd.  Along the course there were dancers, music and visual art experiences.  Throughout the coming year RAAC highlighted artists and arts organizations, re-established the regional arts awards, and increased opportunities for everyone to participate and appreciate the arts.

Rockford Area Arts Awards

The Rockford Area Arts Council, Mayor Thomas McNamara and Winnebago County Board Chairman Frank Haney hosted the 2018 Rockford Area Arts Awards (Formerly known as The Mayor’s Arts Awards) on Wednesday, February 21 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Rockford Art Museum.

RAAA honors outstanding artists, arts advocates, and arts and cultural events. 2018 Rockford Area Arts Awards were presented to: Individual Artist, Sherry Pritz Enderle, Arts Advocate, Charles Prorok and Marcia Mueller, Community Impact Award, “Project Art” presented by The Arc of Winnebago, Boone & Ogle Counties and Creative Cultural Event, Heartstrings: Connections Between Music & Medicine” presented by The Music Academy.                                                                

 

 

Prior to the award, attendees enjoyed viewing the Rockford Art Museum’s Laura & John Fraser Collection while Jordan McDonald created and Electric Guitar Soundscape and Meghan and Caitlyn Baylor performed site specific dances throughout the Gallery.  Attendees were treated to appetizers by Abreo served by youth volunteers from RAAC’s ArtsPlace and RAAC Arts Camp, and students from Auburn, East, Guilford, and RVC. A special thank you to Rockford Art Museum for hosting the event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beattie Is…Back Arts Festival

On September 8, 2018 the Rockford Area Arts Council brought back one of the Midwest’s most popular and highly regarded outdoor celebrations of the arts at City Market Pavilion.  Beattie Is…Back is a family friendly arts festival that featured a high-quality artist market, art demonstrations, on-stage performances and specialty food vendors.  The festival began with an opening ceremony at Beattie Park where the Festival first got its name in 1974. 
(55 artist/food vendors)
(11 performers)
(32 volunteers)
(2,000 in attendance )

Supporting the Arts:

2018 Grant Recipients

The Rockford Area Arts Council awarded nearly $19,000 in grants to artists, arts organizations and community groups. These grants are made possible in part by the Illinois Arts Council Agency, the City of Rockford  and our generous members.  We would like to thank all our grant recipients for their fine contributions to the community through the arts!

2018 COMMUNITY ARTS ACCESS GRANTS
The Rockford Area Arts Council offers grants up to $2,500 to artists and community non-profit organizations for projects which increase access  to the arts for underserved people and/or increase the visibility of the arts for people in Boone, DeKalb, Ogle, and Winnebago counties.

2018 Community Arts Access Grant Recipients

African-American Resource Center: AARC HYPE Media Team for Youth Voices providing underserved youth exposure in media arts – $500                                                             

Boone County Arts Council: “The Fifth Grade Arts Festival” introducing students to various art mediums in October 2018 – $500

Circle of Change Veteran’s Dog Program: First Brigade Band Concert & Living History Memorial Day Event- $500

Crossroads Blues Society: “Crossroads Blues Festival” at Lyran Park on August 25, 2018 – $1,000

Discovery Center Museum: DCM will host a one-day musical event with musician Jim Gill on August 3, 2018 – $500

Eswood PTO/Boosters: The Art Attack School of Art classes for students at Eswood Elementary School – $1,000

GiGi’s Playhouse Rockford: Gateway Performing Arts Studio will bring Portal Theatre Troupe to GiGi’s Playhouse – $1,100

Kantorei, The Singing Boys of Rockford: Kantorei in collaboration with Youth Against Violence Organization will present “Heartsong” at Pilgrim Baptist Church on May  26, 2018 – $500

Kishwaukee College/KC Foundation: Arts & Athletics: Throwing vs. Throwing, gallery show/performance with artist Jeremy Foy – $1,900

Natural Land Institute: “Art in Nature” program at Klehm Arboretum providing hands-on learning in nature through art, writing and the science of trees/plants with students at Lathrop school – $2,000

Opportunity House, Inc.: Endangered Animals: The study and creation of the world’s most endangered animals – $400

Rockford Park District Foundation: “Sounds of Summer” Free Music Concert Series every June-August – $2,000

Rockford Symphony Orchestra: The RSO will present “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” on January 13, 2018- $1,000

Rockford Wind Ensemble: “Sixteenth Annual Youth Honors Band” workshop and performance – $1,250

Stars of Light: The Art of Recovery Gallery Project: increasing the exposure of the arts to persons with mental illness – $1,000

The Music Academy: “A Collaborating Community” orchestra performance at the Sinnissippi Band Shell – $500

Village of Mt. Morris: “Mt. Morris Jamboree” free music concert series from June-September – $600

TOTAL 2017 COMMUNITY ARTS ACCESS GRANTS……………………$16,250

2018 CITY ARTS ACTION GRANTS
The Rockford Area Arts Council also offers grants up to $350 for arts projects needing immediate funding in small amounts, available to artists and arts organizations in Winnebago County.  Applications accepted throughout the year or until funding is depleted.

Dorothy Paige-Turner: “A Black Nativity” a gospel song/play and Kwanzaa Celebration in Dec 2017 – $350

Charles White: “The Rules of Road are not Colorblind” – $350

Rockford Symphony Orchestra: RSO Youth Orchestra Winter Orchestra Concert – $350

AgeQuake Theatre: AgeQuake Theatre troupe will perform at various facilities – $300

Rockford Operetta Party: ROP performance of “The Chocolate Soldier” in May 2018 – $225

Kantorei, The Singing Boys of Rockford: 54th Annual Christmas Concert, Scandinavian Solstice – $350

Rockford Park District: 32nd Annual Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition – $350

TOTAL 2018 CITY ARTS ACTION GRANTS………………….$2,275

Council Choraleers

Local music educator and performing artist, Dorothy Paige-Turner invited youth ages 8-13 from public schools, private schools and the home-schooled in the greater Rockford area to participate in Council Choraleers, a community chorus coordinated in collaboration with the Rockford Area Arts Council.

Rehearsals began on September 4, 2017 through May 1, 2018 and the “Choraleers” met weekly at Court Street United Methodist Church in Rockford.  The first concert was presented on October 21 at Just Goods Listening Room. Additional performances included Rockford University, Grace Lutheran Church, Spring Creek United Church of Christ, Mendelssohn Hall, Court Street United Methodist Church, Brook Road United Methodist Church, Christ the Carpenter United Methodist Church, Barnes & Noble Books and Wesley Willows.  A special community performance “Let Freedom Ring” was held on January 15 at Mendelssohn Hall to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

This exceptional performing experience was an opportunity to heighten community awareness of the enormous artistic talent of our youth. This program was made possible thanks to the selflessness of Dorothy Paige-Turner who donated her time and talent to this project. (17 youth/ages 8-13)

Developing the Arts:

ArtsPlace
The Arts Council offered ArtsPlace for the twenty-fourth consecutive summer.  ArtsPlace is an arts apprenticeship program for youth ages 14-18 with priority given to youth from low income families. Its mission is to mentor the development of youth through the arts.

ArtsPlace is essentially an entrepreneurial enterprise in which the youth are engaged in all aspects of the business: creating the product, pricing, advertising, selling, budgeting, problem solving, continuous evaluation and improvement.  Arts performances are created and presented to the public; original artwork is exhibited and sold.  To authentically replicate real work experience, proceeds earned by the sale of the artwork and ticket sales for performances are awarded to the ArtsPlace apprentices.

All teams participate in community service through offering performances in the community and donating art to local benefits. Through the process of creating art, the youth learn to set goals and identify obstacles to overcome or avoid.  They create strategies for achievement that will positively impact their lives.

This year ArtsPlace teams were led by professional artists including Bruce McDonald; Visual Arts, Meghan Baylor; Dance, Penna Broman and David Causey, Theater and Molly Sides, Creative Writing. Guest artists for visual arts included Pam Peterson, Molly Carter, Mathew Taden, Jenny Mathews, Eileen Morrissey and Judith Meyer. Guest artist for Creative Writing was five time Grammy winner, Malik Yusef and guest artist for dance was Artis Olds, who performs with the touring company of STOMP. Sites included Rockford Dance Company and Mendelssohn Hall. The culmination of this year’s ArtsPlace program highlighted the finished work of the students in “Unearthing Our Truth” ….an art exhibit, sale and a collaborative performance featuring the ArtsPlace Dance and Performing Arts teams at Nordlof Center.

ArtsPlace is supported through grants from The Blazer Foundation, Illinois Arts Council Agency, Community Foundation of Northern Illinois, City of Rockford, National Endowment for the Arts, Rockford School District #205 and individual donations.  A special “thank you” to Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center, Rockford Dance Company, Rockford Public Library and the Nordlof Center for providing studio space.

  •  RAAC Camp
    The Rockford Area Arts Council offered RAAC Camp, a two-week camp for young creatives, ages 5-13 who love to sing, draw, dance, rap and make movies from July 9-26 at Ellis School culminating with a free performance and art exhibit for family and friends.
    This year RAAC Camp artists include:  Artis Olds (Hip Hop Dance), Dorothy Paige-Turner (Vocal Music), Jaelon Turner (Rap), Carroll ZuBolton (Drama), Esteban Perez & Contessa Golden (Visual Arts), Tracy Davis (Modern Dance), Mirakle Rundall (Video), Bahiyyih El-Shabbaz (Creative Writing) and Thomas Parker (Drumming & Marching Arts).  The campers presented a final performance and art exhibit on Thursday, July 26 at 3:00 p.m. The audience will be amazed at how much the children learn in two weeks. The performance and exhibit is free and open to the public. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, City of Rockford, Rockford School District #205, Community Foundation of Northern Illinois and JoAnn Shaheen.
  • After-School Programs
    In partnership with the Rockford Park District,  RAAC coordinated after-school arts classes for District 205 schools: Ellis, Lewis Lemon, McIntosh, and Nelson. Artists were: Tracy Davis and Marvin Hawkins for dance, Esteban Perez and Ann-Margret Naber for visual arts, and Carroll ZuBolton and  Allynthia White for theater.


  • Kennedy Center Partnership
    The Rockford Area Arts Council and Rockford School District 205 continued their partnership as Kennedy Center Partners in Education as established in 2012. This partnership resulted in District 205 receiving two multiple year federal grants for arts integration into math and professional development for arts specialists and classroom teachers. RAAC Intern through the generous support of anonymous donors attended the Annual Meeting in Washington DC that focused on building strong partnerships to impact the community.  
  • New Mix
    The Rockford Housing Authority and the Rockford Area Arts Council were partners for a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts that support New Mix, our collaborative effort to identify residents from low income families who have artistic talent but lack the means to develop it further. The program was inspired by ArtsPlace but structured to accommodate the needs of adults. There were workshop series offered by professional artists to develop artistic skills and individual mentoring to develop personal goals and business plans. Activities this year included workshops on photography, comedy, jewelry, and theater arts.      
  • Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Competition
    Poetry Out Loud is a free national program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.  The Illinois Arts Council Agency designated the Rockford Area Arts Council as the regional coordinator of the Northern Illinois Poetry Out Loud competition. The regional competition was held at the Nordlof Center in Rockford on February 22, 2018.  Participating schools this year were: Roosevelt and Jefferson High Schools. Winner, Amina Hussein (Jefferson) and first runner up, Ana Plankenhorn (Jefferson) went on to compete in the state competition held in Springfield in March.  Marilyn Carlon (Jefferson) was the alternate. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, the City of Rockford and our members.

Rockford Area Arts Council staff and board:

Sharon Nesbit-Davis, Executive Director

Ann Margaret Naber, Administrative Assistant

Trisha Blassage, Business Manager

RAAC employed 22 artists and 2 administrative staff for RAAC Camp, ArtsPlace, After-School, and New Mix programs.

Rockford Area Arts Council 2017-2018 Board of Directors
Doug Mark, Chair
Caitlyn Baylor, Vice Chair
John Beck, Treasurer
Connie Kuntz, Secretary

James Crow
Alderman Natavias Ervins
Greg Johnson
Emily Klonicki
Jordan McDonald
Gina Meeks
Ann Rundall
Bonnie Spurling
Maurice West
Ian Yehling
Katie Zimmerman

The Rockford Area Arts Council staff and board thank you for your membership and your support of the arts for everyone!

2018 Donors and Sponsors

$5,000 and up
City of Rockford
Illinois Arts Council Agency
National Endowment for the Arts

Arts Friend ($30-$49)
Richard & Sally Baker
Michael Baker
Penny Cash
Karla Clark
Design by 109
Priscilla Flynn-Heath
Footsie Stools, Ltd.
Erik Foster
Lenny French
Laura Gomel
Jason Gough
Gerrie Gustafson
Nina Hackman
Dawn Hallsten & Don Mateer
Thomas Harrison
Bernard & Mary Healy
Margaret Henning
Dick & Margret Hynes
Dorothy Jensen
Doris Kampfe
Katie’s Cup Coffeebar
Jesse & Connie Kuntz
John Lombardo
Tom Mac
Main Street Gallery by M & M Photography
Jenny Mathews
Kyle & Tamara McDonald
Tom & Sarah McNamara
Judith Meyer
Earlynn Mullins
Greg O’Neil & Whitney Fogle
Carol Ostrom
Beverly Peoples
Brock & Erica Pieper
Carolyn Plummer
Kanwal & Meenakshi Prashar
Sherry Pritz
Kathy Roushey
James & Sarah Scanlon
Julie Serrato
Harvey & Natalie Share
Laura Sjoquist
Polly Smith
Kyle & Margo Stedman
Senator Dave Syverson
Jaime Torraco
Diane Voneida
Kristin Wilson
Henry Wilson & Bonnie Hansen
Amy Young
David Zoberis Sr.

Arts Supporter ($50-$99)
Abreo Restaurant
Diane Addison
Jean Apgar
Jane Austin
Meghan Baylor
John & Sandra Beck
Arthur & Elaine Breck
Paul & Carol Burkholder
Warren & Marilyn Cade
Janice Clinton
Peter Damby
Jeff & Joanna Dowling
Joseph & Susan Drennan
LaVona Farney
Terrance & Lois Fisher
Stephen & Jean Geller
Robert & Bonnie Gosdick
Mary Gubbe Lee
Don & Shirley Hacker
Cynthia Hill
Lon Hoegberg
Don & Judy Holder
Dennis Horton
Kay Hotchkiss
Steve & Alise Howlett
William & Ingrid Hyde
Mary Ellen Jansen
Karen Johnson
Bob Kantner
Ed & Lee Ladenburger
Dr. & Mrs. Herb Lash
Erin Mackey
Faye Marcus
Karyn Martin-Bohl
Paul & Agnes Mastrangeli
Don & Judith McCanse
Jordan & Kari McDonald
Bethany Mead
James & Helen Millikin
Daniel & Michelle Minick
Bruce & Judy Moe
Rudy & Laura Ortiz
Dorothy Paige-Turner
Jeff & Julie Palkowski
Raymond & Jo Marie Paul
Fred & Becky Pelley
Stephanie Quinn
Tim & Carrie Rollins
Trish Rooney
Joel Ross
Therese Rowinski
Keith & Pamela Shaver
Social Urban Bar & Restaurant
Steven & Marcia Terrill
Bert & Kathy Thomas
Sheila Torrisi
William & Marijean Whitcher
Doug & Diane Wilson
Samuel & Janna Wyant

Arts Enthusiast ($100-$199)
David & Karen Anderson-Wade
Robert Apolloni
Paul & Teri Baits
Karen Barbagallo
Caitlyn Baylor
Steve Beard
Kurt & Sarah Bell
David & Anne Boccignone
Lois Cannell Ramon
Nicholas & Carole Carbone
John & Diane Cobb
Joan Davis
Philip & Kathy Dierstein
Marilyn Dougherty
Ted & Ruth Duckett
Kelly Epperson-Simmons
Eric & Gretchen Ericson
George & Janet Farbotko
Gregory & Laurel Franchini
Thomas & Darlene Furst
Jody Goff
Fred & Maxine Hadley
Bob & Nadine Hallstrom
Rachel Handlin & Michael Beert
Ron & Barbara Herbig
Helen Hill
Jeanette Jess Geraghty
Cindy Karnitz
Kim Keefe
Norm Knott
Carol Last
Jay & Christy Lenox
Dan & Amy Loescher
Christopher Lopez & Cassandra Martinez
Roger & Nancy Lundstrom
Betsey McCoy
Bruce & Deborah McDonald
Alice Pampe
Del & Lois Peterson
Jana Politsch
Rick & Judith Pollack
Charles Prorok & Marcia Mueller
Nicholas & Heather Psaltis
Gary & Terry Rifkin
Joe & Mary Jo Ross
Dick & Ann Rundall
Joan Sage
Frank & Gayanne Schepley
Thomas & Karen Schiller
Erin Schreiner
Tom & Karen Shifo
William & Julie Snively
Bill & Cathie Thiede
James & Marjorie Veitch
Tom & Karen Walsh
Steven & Janice Westlund

Arts Fanatic ($200-$499)
Albano & Lynn Andreini
Paul & Patricia Casarotto
Jim & Connie Coffey
James Crow
George & Sharon Davis
Dan & Cathy Herdeman
Jim & Pam Keeling
Curt & Laurie Kleckler
Harlan & Sue Knuth
Richard Leighton
Scott & Mona Lindvall
John & Barbara McNamara
Jaxon & Linda Oshita
Steven & Judy Penticoff
Jack & Barbara Simon

Arts Cherub ($500-$999)
Steve & Lisa Carter
Sjostrom & Sons, Inc.
Keith Syfert & Linda Miller

Arts Angel ($1000+)
William & Leah Baskin
Bergstrom, Inc.
Jack & Colleen Holmbeck
David Mark
Mary Ann Smith

Foundation Contributions
Gloyd Family Foundation
The Ben Harding Family Foundation
Janet A. Kjellstrom Foundation

Arts Organizations
2nd City Chorus
Artists’ Ensemble Theater
Boone County Arts Council
Crossroads Blues Society
Discovery Center Museum
Ethnic Heritage Museum
Kishwaukee Valley Concert Band
Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden
Main Street Players of Boone County
Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center
Midway Village Museum
Natural Land Institute
Northern Illinois Wood Turners
Pec Playhouse Theatre
RACVB
RAMI Awards
Rockford Art Guild
Rockford Art Museum
Rockford Chamber Players
Rockford Coronado Concert Association
Rockford Lutheran Choral Union
Rockford Lutheran School
Rockford Public Library
Rockford Rescue Mission
Rockford Symphony Orchestra
Rockford Wind Ensemble
Rockford Writers’ Guild
Sigma Alpha Iota
Stepping Stones Stars of Light
The Arc of Winnebago Boone & Ogle Counties
The Music Academy – Loreen Hall
The West Side Show Room
Womanspace

Matching Donors
Exelon Foundation Giving Program
McGraw-Hill Education Foundation Matching Gift Program
Network for Good
TRUiST Giving Program

ArtsPlace Sponsors
City of Rockford
Community Foundation of Northern Illinois
Illinois Arts Council Agency
Jennifer Kuroda
Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center
National Endowment for the Arts
Rockford Area Association of Realtors YPN
Rockford Dance Company
Rockford Public Library
Rockford Public Schools #205
The Blazer Foundation
The Nordlof Center

RAAC Camp Sponsors
City of Rockford
Community Foundation of Northern Illinois
Illinois Arts Council Agency
Anne O’Keefe
Rockford Public Schools #205
JoAnn Shaheen

Beattie Is Arts Festival Sponsors
Aqua-Aerobic Systems, Inc.
Community Foundation of Northern Illinois
Eckburg & Bates Agency
Gambino Realtors
Cindy Karnitz
Kiwanis Charities of Rockford
Nicholson Hardware
Rockford Development LLC

In-Kind
Rockford Park District

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