Issue 3 / September 1, 2023

Rebuild Illinois Capital Planning Grants Now Available

This past week, the IACA opened FY24 Rebuild Illinois Cultural Capital Planning Grants. This grant is intended to help organizations get the information and analysis they need before committing their energies and financial resources to a

facilities project. Organizations that provide arts programming to Illinois residents may apply.


Rebuild Illinois Cultural Capital Planning Grants will support project related activity from January 1, 2024 – December 31, 2024. Awards will range from $5,000 - $50,000. No cash match is required. The deadline is October 25, 2023.


An Online Webinar will be available for applicants on Friday, September 8, 2023, at 11:00am Central Time. Pre-registration is required for the webinar. There is also a drop-in video meeting on Friday, September 29, 2023, at 11:00am where participants may participate in Q&A with IACA staff. The drop-in does not require registration, simply click the link at the time of the meeting to join via WebEx.


If you have any questions on IACA’s Rebuild Illinois Cultural Capital Planning Grants please email Program Director, Jackie Banks-Mahlum.

FY24 Artist Fellowship Program

Application & Guidelines

Now Available

State of Illinois Recognizes and Rewards Artistic Talent

The Illinois Arts Council's Artists Fellowship Program awards $15,000 Fellowship and $1,500 Finalist Awards to honor Illinois artists of exceptional talent and enable them to pursue their artistic goals. The Artists Fellowship Program operates on a two-year rotating cycle. This year, applications for the following disciplines will be accepted: Crafts, Digital Arts, Ethnic & Folk Arts, New Art Forms and Visual Based Arts. The deadline is November 3, 2023, 11:59 PM. Read today's press release for details.

Artstour Artists Roster

A Directory of Illinois Performing Artists 

If you are not familiar with the Artstour Artists Roster, the Illinois Arts Council would like to introduce you to this valuable resource. A companion to the Artsour & Live Music Grant Program, the Roster lists hundreds of Illinois performing artists and ensembles. It includes artist bios, audiences served, geographic availability, work samples, fees and much more! 

Chris Vallillo, pictured, is one of these artists. Says Chris, “Through the Artstour & Live Music grant, I have been able to develop shows that I have performed at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, the Ravinia Festival, the Gettysburg National Battlefield Museum, and the Gerald R. Ford and Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museums to name just a few. Not only has this grant been a benefit to me personally, it has also provided much needed support to the rural economy of Illinois. As a rural performer, I can bring outside dollars back into the rural Illinois economy and as you all know, outside dollars are exponentially more powerful to a rural economy than local dollars.”  


The new Roster was created in a collaboration between the Illinois Presenters Network and the Illinois Arts Council Agency in 2020 and is used by theaters, schools, libraries, park districts, and performing arts presenters, among others, to identify artists to perform in their communities. If you are an artist, looking to apply for inclusion in the roster next spring, or a presenter, interested in applying to the Artstour & Live Music Grant, please contact Program Director,

IACA Welcomes

John Gawlik

This August, John Gawlik joined the IACA as a Program Representative. John is an award-winning actor, director, and arts administrator. He is an ensemble member of The Gift Theatre. TV/Film roles include The Chi, Empire, Chicago Fire, PD, and Med, and Trial of the Chicago Seven. John was born in Texas and raised in the western suburbs of Chicago. He lives with his wife and son in Lincoln Square. Other interests include being a member of The Swedish Fish Masters Swim Team and a volunteer scout leader with his son’s Cub Scout Pack.

Grantee Spotlight:

Design Museum

of Chicago

FY24 General Operating Support grantee, Design Museum of Chicago, located at 72 E. Randolph Street in downtown Chicago, has an exhibition partially funded by the IACA, named, 'At the Precipice', which runs July 13 through October 30, 2023. The show considers the role of physical and emotional reactions in the era of climate disaster.

The museum is free and open to the public. Open daily from 10AM - 5PM.

Recent Announcements...

September 1, 2023 - IACA Announces FY24 Artist Fellowship Program Application/Guidelines Now Available

August 25, 2023 - IACA Announces FY24 Rebuild Illinois Cultural Capital Planning Grants

July 10, 2023 - IACA Announces FY24 Open Deadline Grant Opportunities

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