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National Endowment for the Arts FY 2020 Funding Guidelines Posted

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Guidelines and application materials for three National Endowment for the Arts funding categories— Art Works, Challenge America, and Creative Writing Fellowships—have posted on the Arts Endowment’s website. The National Endowment for the Arts supports projects in any part of the nation’s 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.

Fiscal Year 2019 Open Deadline Applications Now Available

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The Illinois Arts Council Agency is pleased to announce the release of Fiscal Year 2019 guidelines and application materials for our open deadline programs; Artstour & Live Music, StArts, and Individual Artist Support.


Artstour & Live Music (ATLM) provides support to eligible Illinois not-for-profit organizations seeking to present Illinois performing artists, companies, or groups for performances, collaborations, or short residencies held in conjunction with performances. 

Illinois Arts Council Agency Announces Executive Director

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CHICAGO – Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA) Chairman Shirley R. Madigan today announced that the Board has elected Joshua Davis as the Agency’s Executive Director.

Mr. Davis began working with the agency in 2008 and has served in several different capacities, including Deputy Director and Acting Executive Director. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University, his master’s degree from Brandeis University, and  has been active in the Chicago theater community and non-profit sector for many years. He currently lives in Chicago.

IACA Announces Recipients of the FY18 Master Apprentice Program

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The Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA) is pleased to announce the recipients of the fiscal year 2018 Ethnic and Folk Arts Master/Apprentice Program (MAP.) Twelve master artists are recognized with awards of $3,000 each to instruct their chosen apprentices through intensive one-on-one sessions. MAP acknowledges the need for structured opportunities to pass on traditional, folk, and classical ethnic arts as part of the preservation of Illinois’ cultural heritage. MAP is made possible with an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.