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IACA announces the resignation of Executive Director Tatiana Gant

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The Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA) announces the resignation of Executive Director Tatiana Gant, effective June 30, 2017. Ms. Gant has worked with the IACA since 2002, serving as Director of Arts Education until 2012. Tatiana will be leaving Illinois to accept the position of Executive Director of the Montana Arts Council.

IACA Announces Recipients of the Summer Youth Employment in the Arts Program

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The Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA) is pleased to announce the recipients of the fiscal year 2017 Summer Youth Employment in the Arts (SYEA) Program.  Eighty-nine Illinois not-for-profit organizations are recognized with grants of up to $6,000 to support stipends for high school students’ summer employment opportunities.  The 2017 SYEA Program is made possible with an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

IACA Announces Recipients of the Master Apprentice Program

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The Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA) is pleased to announce the recipients of the fiscal year 2017 Ethnic and Folk Arts Master Apprentice Program (MAP.) Thirteen 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. 

IACA Announces Joshua Davis as Deputy Director

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The Illinois Arts Council Agency is pleased to announce Joshua Davis as the Deputy Director.

Chairman Shirley R. Madigan said, “We were very pleased to be able to bring back an employee who is highly educated and has great expertise and knowledge in technology, government, arts-in-education, and architecture.”

Mr. Davis has been active in the Chicago theater and non-profit sector for many years. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University and his master’s degree from Brandeis University. He lives in Chicago.

Arts Midwest launches the 2017-2018 Arts Midwest Touring Fund

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Arts Midwest launches the 2017-2018 Arts  Midwest Touring Fund guidelines and application.