During the challenging year of 2020, Our Journey Action Grants were established in partnership with the Rockford Area Arts Council (RAAC), Rockford Art Deli (RAD), and the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (RACVB). Seeded by the sales of Rockford-themed masks and t-shirts, the Action Grant program is designed to benefit local artists and arts organizations by awarding funding allocations of up to $500 for creative endeavors that drive excellent project work throughout Winnebago County. Additionally, the Arts Council contributes up to $2500 to this fund, annually.
Why: The Our Journey Action-Grant program encourages local arts organizations and artists to be creative, demonstrate love for Winnebago County, and celebrate all our community has to offer as we continue to recover from the impact of COVID-19.
Who: Mary McNamara Bernsten, Rockford Area Arts Council Executive Director; John Groh, RACVB President/CEO; and Jarrod Hennis, owner/designer, Rockford Art Deli.