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Rockford Area Arts Council
September 2012 - August 2013

Dear Arts Enthusiasts,
The Rockford Area Arts Council is proud to be reporting the past year's successes.  Your support allows the Arts Council to reach out in our region to bring the arts to everyone, young and old, from every economic and ethnic background.  Here are the highlights of the 2012-2013 season.

The Arts Council offered ArtsPlace for the eighteenth 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.

ArtsPlace was held at Mendelssohn Hall and Riverfront Museum Park.  Teaching artists were:  Bruce McDonald (print), Marco Basurto (sculpture/mixed-media), Maya Simmons (painting), Tricia Sheridian (spoken word poetry),
and Rockford Dance Company (dance).  The culmination of this year's ArtsPlace program highlighted the finished
work of the students in "Emerge...Rockford Is Its People" an art exhibit, sale and a collaborative performance featuring dance, poetry and visual arts. Supported by: Alpine Kiwanis, City of Rockford, J.L. Clark (CLARCOR Foundation), Illinois Arts Council Agency, Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center, National Endowment for the Arts, Rockford Dance Company, Rockford Park District, Rockford Public School District #205, United Way, US Bank and Winnebago County.  Special thank you to Coronado Performing Arts Center, Discovery Center Museum and Riverfront Museum Park.
(49 youth/ages 14-18)

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 8-19 at Ellis Arts Academy.  Artists this year: Victoria Wilford (Hip Hop Dance), Brad Koloch (music & Rap), David Causey (dramatic arts), Esteban Perez (visual art), Mathew Taden (cartooning/mixed media art), Ali Rotello (modern dance), David Hawthorne (video).  Erika Carroll was the director. Supported by: City of Rockford, Illinois Arts Council Agency, Rockford School District #205, Community Foundation of Northern Illinois, United Way and an individual donor. (86 children attended)

After-School Programs
We were the lead agency for Ellis Arts Academy After-School Achievement program.  The purpose of the program is to improve reading and math skills through direct instruction on identified deficiencies, provides a safe environment for the children after school and increase their skills and enjoyment of the arts.  Individual artists worked at these additional sites:  Haskell, Conklin and Lewis Lemon.  A high school program at Jefferson where students participated in poetry and hip hop dance(10 artists were employed part-time and 500 children/youth).

Is a committee sponsored by the Arts Council and comprised of arts and cultural organizations that have a commitment to arts education.  This year the committee planned activities for the month of March which is "Arts in Education Month."  March for the Arts activities included: Mayoral proclamation, arts advocacy blogs for the Rockford Register Star, and statements on the importance of arts education at various community performances and exhibitions throughout the month.


• Alignment Rockford
The goal of this group is to garner community support for District 205's strategic plan.  It is modeled after an organization in Nashville.  Sharon Nesbit-Davis serves on the K-5 reading and math committee.  The focus of the committee is encouraging parent involvement in the schools.  The committee selected parents of kindergarten students at King Elementary school as its first project and extended the expanded effort to Lewis Lemon in 2012-13. 

• Council Choraleers
Local music educator and performing artist, Dorothy Paige-Turner invited fifth and sixth grade students 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 January 15 and the "Choraleers" met weekly at Court Street United Methodist Church in Rockford, culminating with a community performance "Wright Out of the Box" that was held on Tuesday, May 7 at 6 p.m. at Court Street United Methodist Church. 

This exciting and unique performing experience is an opportunity to heighten community awareness of the enormous artistic talent of our youth.  Many thanks to Court Street United Methodist Church and also to the Downtown Kiwanis for their generous donation.  The "Choraleers" sang their thank you at the Downtown Kiwanis April 2nd meeting.  This program was made possible thanks to the selflessness of Dorothy Paige-Turner who donated her time and talent to this project.

 • Educator's Memorial Fund
 This is a program created initially to honor Eileen Michaely who was an arts in education advocate and first Chair of Education for the Arts Council.  The focus of the program funded through donations and interest from a portion of the Endowment bequeathed by Eileen Michaely estated, remains on teaching classroom teachers in District 205 to infuse arts into all curricular areas.  Grant funds are available for teachers to work with an artist to develop arts lesson plans to enhance curriculum.  The funds were not dispensed this year as no teachers applied for the funding.  We understand this is due to the emphasis on testing for reading and math and lack of time and support to present lesson plans that have not been proven to increase test scores.  We believe this will change in the near future and are encouragedbythe District’s decision to re-instate the seven period day, the return of LuAnn Widergren as Fine Arts Director, and the commitment of the District to the new Kennedy Center Partnership. 


• Kennedy Center Partnership
 TTThe Rockford Area Arts Council and District 205 were among twelve cities selected to become Kennedy Center Partners in Education.  Anne O'Keefe, CEO of the Arts Council and Julie Palkowski, then Vice Principal of Fine Arts for District 205, were inducted in April at a ceremony in Washington and participated in a three day training to begin the planning phase of an arts integration training and implementation plan for District 205.  ETTA (Education Through the Arts) committee comprised of District arts specialists, arts organization representatives, and community artists and the newly appointed Fine Arts Director, LuAnn Widergren, are designing a pilot project.  Anne O'Keefe, LuAnn Widergren, and Sharon Nesbit-Davis attended the Kennedy Center annual meeting and training in 2013.

•New Mix
The Rockford Housing Authority and the Rockford Area Arts Council are collaborating to bring creatives together via New MixNew Mix is the coming together of Ellis Heights residents who understand an asset-based approach to community revitalization and have undiscovered artistic talent.  Many times the largest overlooked asset is the people of a community.  New Mix believes there is great talent in Ellis Heights and its mission is to advance and promote this talent to cultivate opportunity and excitement.  RAAC was thrilled to have local, New Mix jewelry artist, Juanita, join the ArtsPlace team at the City Market, July 19, 2013.  RAAC is excited to be a part of the expansion of the creative class in Rockford as well as the partnerships with RHA and New Mix

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.  Poetry Out Loud encourages youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance, which help students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary heritage.  The Illinois Arts Council designated the Rockford Area Arts Council as the regional coordinator of the Northern Illinois Poetry Out Loud competition. The regional competition was held at Jefferson High School on February 12, 2013.  Participating schools this year were: Auburn, Freeport, Guilford, Jefferson, and Roosevelt  high schools. Winner, Anna Lepke of Jefferson and first runner up Caitlin Harmon of Auburn went on to compete in the state competition held in Springfield in March.  Stephan Jimenez of Jefferson was the alternate. (approximately 300 people in attendance). This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

2013 Grant Recipients 
The Rockford Area Arts Council awarded nearly $20,000 in grants to artists, arts organizations and community groups.  These grants are made possible in part by the Illinois Arts Council Agency, City of Rockford and generous members.  We would like to thank all our grants recipients for their fine contributions to the community through the arts! 

2013 Community Arts Access Grant Recipients

Art Matters
"Outdoor ArtShow Seminar" with local artist Keith Grace $500

Artists' Ensemble Theater
Internships for teens in technical theater for the production of "The 39 Steps" $1,200

Boone County Arts Council

"The Fifth Grade Arts Festival" introducing students to various art mediums $800

Circles of Learning
"More than Crayons" process art program for 30 kindergarten through first grade children $300

Festival of Fantasy
Children's Halloween parade and costume contest at Edgebrook Mall $615

Ida Public Library 
"Across Our World" art program introducing students to cultures, around the world by exploring various artforms $700

Kishwaukee College Family Literacy Program
ESL and Low-Literacy families will learn about artists using Visual Thinking Strategies, creating their own artwork and art show $1,150

Mendelssohn Performing Art Center
Collaborative multimedia project "Aaron Copland's America" from March 1-15, 2013 at various downtown Rockford locations $1,000

Milestone, Inc.
"Unlocking the Artist" a project to expose the arts to the individuals at Milestone  $560

Natural Land Institute
"Art in Nature" program for students at Lathrop Elementary School that integrates the science of trees, art and writing $725

Operation Respect of RR Valley

"Song Writing Workshop" for Rockford area students with songwriter Steve Seskin $500

Promised Land Employment Service

1st Brigade Band Concert & Living History Veterans Day Event $750

Rockford Area Lutheran Ministries

"The Park PLAYers" a summer playground program teaching performing arts to at-risk teens $500

Rockford Art Museum
"Through the Ages: 100 Years of RAM" a five-month exhibition commemorating a century of the RAM through art collection, exhibition and education programs $1,100

Rockford Coronado Concert Association
"Reach for the Stars" a project for RPS 4th grade students featuring a performance of the Yamato Drums at the Coronado PAC $2,000

Rockford Dance Company

Funding for Associate Dancer/Interns for outreach programming, programs and production personnel $1,100

Rockford Lutheran Schools 
A month-long "Celebration of Innovation" to honor artistic expression of Rockfordians through theater, photo exhibitis, construction projects and speakers $1,100

Rockford Park District
"Sounds of Summer" Free Music Concert Series every June-August $700

Rockford Symphony Orchestra
RSO Youth Concert "The Orchestra Moves" a partnership with Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute $1,500

Rockford Wind Ensemble
"Eleventh Annual Youth Honors Band" workshop and performance  $1,500

The Music Academy 

"The Carnival of Animals" workshop in preparation for the April 2013 collaborative performance with the Rockford Dance Company at the Coronado PAC $1,000

TOTAL 2013 Community Arts Access Grants....$19,300

2013 City Arts Action Grant Recipients

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.

Crossroads Blues Society
Rockford Blues Festival to be held June 22, 2013 at Riverhawks Stadium $350

"Fatherless" Pick Me UP, graphic arts fair in London, UK, April 18-28, 2013 $300

Emily Klonicki
"From the Heart of Rockford" Art Auction to support Newtown $200

Norm Knott
Raffle of the "Live in Pride" 2012 mural project to raise funds for youth suicide awareness $350

RAMI (Rockford Area Music Industry)

"Youth Charity Jam" Celebration of high school students musical talents in competition form $250

TOTAL 2013 City Arts Action Grants........$1,450


$5,000 and up

City of Rockford
Gloyd Family Foundation
Illinois Arts Council

William & Leah Baskin
Bergstrom, Inc.
James & Julie Buchanan
The Ben Harding Family Foundation
Janet A. Kjellstrom Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois

John & Sue Brubaker
Steve & Lisa Carter
Dick & Jody Goff Charitable Fund
Cindy Karnitz
Sjostrom & Sons, Inc.

Albano & Lynn Andreini
Richard & Lon Behr
Stephen & Anne Bernsten
Doug & Helen  Brooks
Joan Davis
Jack & Zelka Dillon
Norris & Marilyn Dougherty
Roger & Wendy Fisher
Thomas & Darlene Furst
Terrie Hall
Dan & Cathy Herdeman
B.J. Johnson
Danny & Kristie Lorden
John & Barbara McNamara
Ed & Tamara Rentschler
Trish Rooney
Michael & Julie Shalbrack
Jack & Barbara Simon
Ken & Pat Staaf
Frank & Jennifer Wehrstein
Doug & Diane Wilson

Ellyn Ahmer
David & Karen Anderson-Wade
Robert Apolloni
Paul & Teri Baits
Jim & Karen Barbagallo
Fred & Marie Beck
Kurt & Sarah Bell
David & Kohnne Bippus
Cheryl Bischoff
David Boccignone
Arthur & Elaine Breck
Lois Cannell Ramon
Mary-Stuart Carruthers
John & Diane Cobb
Jim & Connie Coffey
John R. Cook III
Bob & Charlie Corder
George & Sharon Davis
Elizabeth Dickinson
Philip & Kathy Dierstein
Eric & Gretchen Ericson
Janyce Fadden
George & Janet Farbotko
Mr. & Mrs. Greg Franchini
Stephen & Jean Geller
Susan Grans
Virginia Gregory
Fred & Maxine Hadley
Bob & Nadine Hallstrom
Rachel Handlin & Michael Beert
Margaret Henning
Lon & Mary Ann Hoegberg
Katherine Hotchkiss
Mark & Nancy Kalchbrenner
Jim & Pam Keeling
Curt & Laurie Kleckler
Norm Knott
Mark & Lisa Lindman
Scott & Mona Lindvall
Dan & Amy Loescher
Paul & Jodean Logli
Stephanie Lombardi
Roger & Nancy Lundstrom
Mr. & Mrs. Leo Lynch
Bradd & Melissa Marsden
Michael & Crystal Mastroianni
Edith McCauley
Tom & Lynn McConville
Frances G. and Joseph W. McCoy Memorial Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois
Bruce & Deborah McDonald
Therese Moncelle
Scott & Becky Morris
Todd & Sarilyn Neiber
Teri O'Connell
Beverly O'Keefe
Patrick O'Keefe
Anne E. O'Keefe
Marilyn O'Keefe
Alice Pampe
Pecatonica Pharmacy
Del & Lois Peterson
Rick & Judith Pollack
Charles Prorok & Marcia Mueller
Joe & Mary Jo Ross
Claire Rotolo
Dick & Ann Rundall
Joan Sage
Frank & Gayanne Schepley
Thomas & Karen Schiller
Debra Schwarze
Tom & Karen Shifo
Tyler Smith
William & Julie Snively
Specialty Screw
Karlyn Spell
Craig & Dawn Thomas
Tom & Karen Walsh
Glen & Laura Wiegert
Alan Williams
Alesa Wurfel

Paul & Shauna Arco
Ray Baker
Kim Ball
Kathleen Barch
Holly Blair-Cascio
Roger & Lynda Bohn
Richard & Phyllis Brynteson
Michael Bugler
Warren & Marilyn Cade
Mary Caskey
Tom Clabough
Bill Daer
Peter Damby
Mike & Sharon DeDoncker
Charles & Mary DeHaan
Mike & Colleen Delany
Joseph & Susan Drennan
LaVona Farney
Dr. & Mrs. Terrance Fisher
Jim Forsell
Chellis & Reggie French
Joe & Kim Girouard
Phil & Karen Grover
Mary Gubbe Lee
Don & Shirley Hacker
Eve Harker
Shirley Henley
Ron & Barb Herbig
Ruth Jackson
Roberta Jacobson
Gaffney Bolt Company
Jeanette Jess Geraghty
Chuck Johannsen
Dick & Joanne Johnson
Wayne & Janet Jones
Lynne Koenigsberger-Townsend
Swav & Monica Krysztopa
Jude & Patricia Lai
Larry & Judith Larson
Herbert & Ruby Lash
Anita Layng
Jay & Christy Lenox
Joseph Like
Tom Littrell
Faye Marcus
Karyn Martin-Bohl
Paul & Agnes Mastrangeli

Don & Judith McCanse
Jim & Lois McDowell
Hugh & Lydia McHugh
James & Helen Millikin
Neil & Marlene Mizen
Bruce & Judy Moe
Don & Doris Mosser
Webbs & Mary Norman
Courtney Oertel
Jack Packard
Dorothy Paige-Turner
Jeff & Julie Palkowski
Raymond & Jo Marie Paul
Jerry Paulson
Fred & Becky Pelley
PR Etc., Inc.
Stephanie Quinn
Joyce Ramer
Dr. & Mrs. Gary Rifkin
Rockford Auto Museum
Tim & Carrie Rollins
Joel Ross
Barbara Ross-Shannon
Attorney Sherri Rudy
Una Ryan
Duane & Rulee Stallman
Rhiannon Stanuch
Larry & Ann Stegall
Stephen & Suzette Symes
Steven & Marcia Terrill
Bert & Kathy Thomas
Dean & Pat Tollefsrud
Connie Tucker
Gabor & Nancy von Lugossy
Teri Watts
Shawn & Kathy Way
William & Marijean Whitcher
Jessica Woodard
Don & Betty Zimmerman
David Zoberis

Jean Apgar
Richard & Sally Baker
Janice Bartik
Carrie Baxter
Donald & Suzanne Berger
Barbara Berney
David Black
Melesia Boyer
Thomas Brain
Molly Brauns
Boguslawa Brzezinska
Paul & Carol Burkholder
Barbara Burns
Paul & Jeannette Colombi
Joel & Judy Cowen
Jeanine Dabson
Audrey Doll
Joanna Dowling
K Dyer
Terry Egan
Chris Eldridge
Daniel Faler
Robert & Virginia Ferguson
Priscilla Flynn-Heath
Lyle & Martha Frantz
Laura Frazier
Todd Genovese
Robert & Bonnie Gosdick
John Gradick
Eugene & Lola Gustafson
Dawn Hallsten & Don Mateer
Lucia Hauge
Bernard & Mary Healy
Tom Heflin
Arles Hendershott Love & Joe Love
Jarrod Hennis & Britney Lindgren
Cynthia Hill
Shirley Holzwarth
Eric Howanietz
Steven & Alise Howlett
Tim Hughes
Walnut Hulling
Matthew Idzikowski
Karl & Carol Jacobs
Mark & Jan Jann
Daniel Jarzynski
Michael & Karen Johnson
Katie's Cup Coffeebar
Dan & Sandra Kelly
Deborah Kelly
John & Margaret Kleber
Jerry Kortman & Doc Slafkosky
Mary Kuchenmeister
Ed & Lee Ladenburger
Andy Langoussis
Kay Larrick
Mike Leifheit
Robert Lindvall
John Lombardo
Jane  Lyons
Doug & Sally Mark
Jane McAfee
Kari McDonald
Mary McNamara Bernsten
Sally Medernach
Ethel Migra
Wally Miller
Jeanneil Miller-Paul
Daniel & Michelle Minick
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Morrissey
Ms. Timothy Muldowney
Cathy Mullins
Dennis & Earlynn Mullins
Nick Naruz
Rudy & Laura Ortiz
Carol Ostrom
Rex & Carol Parker
Jim Phelps
Carolyn Plummer
Kanwal & Meenakshi Prashar
Stephen Ramsden
Christopher Reisetter
Rockford Art Guild
Mary Ross
Kathy Roushey
Andrew & Michele Scarpaci
Mark & Julie Seger
Harvey & Natalie Share
Chris Sisson
Paul Sletten
Stuart & Polly Smith
Robert Smith
Peg Sowle
Margo Stedman
Deborah Stromsdorfer
Jeff & Chris Swanberg
Senator Dave Syverson
Barry Treu
Eleanor Turbyville
Meghan Turley
Diane Voneida
Nick Votava
Mary Wedemeyer
John & Beverly Whitehead
Marcia Williams
Kristin Wilson
Henry Wilson
Sheila Winckler
Kate Wirth

Organization Members
AgeQuake Theatre
Art @ Emmanuel
Artists' Ensemble Theater
Bach Chamber Choir
Byron Civic Theatre
Camerata Emanon Singers
Children's Theater Project
Discovery Center Museum
Edgebrook Shopping Center
Erlander Home Museum
Kishwaukee Valley Concert Band
Main Street Players of Boone County
Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center
Natural Land Institute
NIU College of Visual & Performing Arts
NIU School of Theatre & Dance
Northern Illinois Wood Turners
Pec Playhouse Theatre
Rock Valley College Starlight Theatre
Rockford Art Museum
Rockford Chamber Players
Rockford Choral Union
Rockford Dance Company
Rockford Lutheran School
Rockford Public Library
Rockford University Art Gallery
Rockford Wind Ensemble
Rockford Woman's Club
Rockford Writers' Guild
Rosecrance Ware Center
Sigma Alpha Iota
The Flute Club of Rockford
The Tiffany Trio
Veterans Memorial Hall

Matching Donors
Ameriprise Financial Matching Gift Program
Goodrich Foundation Partners in Giving

ArtsPlace Sponsors
$2,000 and above

CLARCOR Foundation
US Bank

$1,000 and above
Alpine Kiwanis Charities

ArtScene Sponsor
BMO Harris Bank

RAAC Camp Sponsor
Anonymous Donor
Larry & Deborah Webb

Rockford Park District

2013 State of the Arts Awards Recipients
The Rockford Area Arts Council hosted the 2013 State of the Arts Awards Luncheon on October 2nd at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center.  This annual fundraiser honored recipients of the Mayor's Arts Awards and celebrated achievements in the arts for the past year.  Congratulations to the 2013 State of the Arts Awards Recipients and Event Sponsors!

Award Recipients
Individual Artist
Richard Raether

Lawrence E. Gloyd Community Impact
Janet Kjellstrom

Creative Cultural Event
"Reach for the Stars" presented by Rockford Coronado Concert Association

State of the Arts Awards Sponsors
Premiere Sponsor

BMO Harris Bank
Prime Sponsor
The Blazer Foundation
Presenting Sponsors
Alpine Bank
The Buchanan Investment Group of Wells Fargo Advisors
Reno & Zahm LLP
Savant Capital Management
WNIU/WNIJ Northern Public Radio
Supporting Sponsors
OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center
Radisson Hotel & Conference Center
Rockford Bank & Trust

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