Arts Advocacy

Art stretches across economic and social barriers, and, through member support, the Arts Council facilitates access to the arts for children, adults, and seniors.  We achieve this goal by granting money to artists and arts organizations that oversee programs to under-served communities; supporting arts education and programming; developing collaborative relationships with the City of Rockford, the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Transform Rockford, and regional school districts; overseeing events that showcase local talent; and advocating for the arts at the local, state, and federal level.

Arts Economic Impact

According to Arts & Economic Prosperity 5, a 2017 Study from Arts Alliance Illinois and Americans for the Arts, Illinois’ nonprofit arts and culture sector is a $4.03 billion industry. According to the same study, there is a $1.78 billion in annual spending by nonprofit arts and culture organizations; and our audiences account for an additional $2.25 billion in event-related spending.

In Illinois, the arts and culture sector:

    • Accounts for more than 111,000 full-time jobs
    • Generates $3.0 billion in household income to IL residents
    • Delivers $478.5 million in state and local government revenue