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Illinois to celebrate Arts Week    Send a link to a friend

[OCT. 2, 2004]  CHICAGO -- Gov. Rod Blagojevich has proclaimed the week of Oct. 3-9 as Illinois Arts Week 2004. The statewide celebration recognizes the artists, arts organizations and community-based organizations that bring the rich cultural experience in our state to life. Illinois Arts Week has been a project of the Illinois Arts Council since 1978.

Throughout Illinois, arts organizations of all kinds, as well as schools, park districts, libraries, museums, historic sites, Interstate Tourist Information Centers and more will be presenting activities all week long.

"The broad cross section of arts forms, organizations and artists that have contributed to the celebration this year speaks to the incredible diversity of the arts in our state," said Illinois Arts Council Chairman Shirley R. Madigan. "People of all ages and abilities are invited to participate in Arts Week as artists, as spectators and everything in between. Many participants are professional artists, and others are learning about the arts.

"During Illinois Arts Week there is truly an arts experience for everyone. As an expression of who we are and the culture we live in, the Illinois Arts Week theme ‘The arts are all around us' is a reminder that the arts reach each of us in some way every day. Arts Week helps to heighten our awareness of the intrinsic role the arts play in our lives."

The Illinois Arts Council has prepared a calendar of arts activities and events that will take place throughout the state during Illinois Arts Week. The listing is available as a brochure and is posted on the Web. The council encourages all Illinois citizens to visit to locate activities they might be interested in.

Additionally, "Ways to Celebrate," a list or activities and events ideas for use by schools, communities, arts organizations and individuals, is available online [Page 5 of PDF file]. [To download the Adobe Acrobat reader for the PDF file, click here.]

This year the calendar of arts events is presented by region so travelers can take in a variety of activities as they visit different parts of the state. From north to south, east to west, the state will be alive with the arts.


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For the fourth year in a row, Illinois' Interstate Tourist Information Centers will host a variety of arts activities and events throughout Arts Week.

"We are proud to support Illinois' thriving arts community and the annual Arts Week," said Jan Kostner, deputy director of the Illinois Bureau of Tourism. "Illinois artisans and their work continue to be of great interest to travelers to and within the state, and we are glad to showcase their talents at our Tourism Information Centers."

Individuals interested in obtaining information about scheduled activities may contact Jason Bain at Western Illinois Tourism Development, (877) 477-7007.

To increase general awareness of the celebration, one of Illinois Arts Week's longtime supporters, Jewel Food Stores, will have the Illinois Arts Week logo on grocery bags distributed in Illinois' Jewel-Osco stores.

To receive a list of "Ways to Celebrate Illinois Arts Week" and a copy of the Illinois Arts Week proclamation, contact the Illinois Arts Council by calling (312) 814-6750 or (800) 237-6994 toll-free in Illinois or (312) 814-4831 TTY (telephone text for individuals who are deaf or who have hearing or voice impairments). The Illinois Arts Council can also be reached at via e-mail.

The Illinois Arts Council is committed to the cultural, educational and economic growth of the diverse people and communities of our state through support and encouragement of artists and the arts.

[Illinois Arts Council news release]


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