2007 Arts Week Celebrates Window Mosaic Project

Schools Celebrated Illinois Arts Week 2007 with Window Mosaic Project to Demonstrate Beauty, Creativity, and Appreciation of the Arts

The Illinois Arts Council (IAC) announced today forty Illinois schools to receive $10,000 in Dick Blick Art Materials gift certificates, redeemable for school arts supplies at any Dick Blick location or online (courtesy of Dick Blick Art Materials). Schools were selected at random for their participation in the Illinois Arts Week 2007 Window Mosaic Project.

Illinois Arts Week was established in 1978 to focus attention on our state’s vast cultural resources and to increase public awareness of the arts. As part of Illinois Arts Week 2007, all Illinois middle schools were invited to receive free kits of GelGems® Window Clings (courtesy of the manufacturer) for the creation of colorful window mosaics to be displayed from October 7-13. More than 360 teachers from schools throughout the state participated, and submission of mural photos to the IAC gained each school entry into the random drawing for one of forty $250 Dick Blick Art Materials gift certificates.

“There is no education without the arts,” says Shirley R. Madigan, Illinois Arts Council Chairman. “Education in the arts is a critical focus of the Illinois Arts Council, and we are continually pleased to promote and facilitate opportunities for youth to participate in and enjoy the arts and culture. This project provided thousands of teachers and students a way to demonstrate their creativity in beautiful and innovative mosaics for all the community to see. By engaging students with the arts, we teach new ways of seeing, imagining, and thinking. We help people to realize their full potential.”

Following is a list of the selected participating schools:


CityTown School
AlgonquinHeineman Middle School
AshleyAshley Grade School
BradfordBradford CUSD #1
CambridgeCambridge Jr/Sr. High
CentraliaCentralia Jr. High school
ChadwickChadwick Elementary/Jr. High
ChicagoACT Charter School
Chicago LEARN Charter School
Chicago Mitchell Elementary School
Chicago Parker Community Academy
Chicago Sayre Language Academy
Chicago Whitney M. Young
Chicago Heights Lincoln School
Chicago HeightsRoosevelt
Crescent City Crescent City Gradeschool
Damiansville Damiansville Elementary
DanvilleOakwood Junior High
EvanstonNichols Middle School
Ford Heights Saul L. Beck Upper Grade Center
Gurnee Gurnee Grade School
Hawthorn WoodsLake Zurich Middle School North
HutsonvilleHutsonville Jr. High
Ina Ina Community Consolidated Grade School
Joliet Gompers J.H.
NapervilleClifford Crone Middle School
Newton Jasper County Junior High
North AuroraJewel Middle School
OhioOhio Grade School
Orangeville Orangeville Jr./Sr. High School
River GroveRhodes School
Rock FallsEast Coloma School Dist. 12
Rock Island Jordan Catholic Jr. High
Romeoville John J. Lukancic Middle School
Skokie McCracken Middle School
Steeleville Steeleville Elementary School
Sumner Red Hill Junior High
Vergennes Elverado Junior High
WaukeganDaniel Webster Middle School
Westchester Westchester Middle School, District 92l/2
WheelingJack London Middle School

About the Illinois Arts Council: The Illinois Arts Council was created by the Illinois General Assembly in 1965 to survey and assess the needs of the arts throughout the state; identify existing legislation, policies, and programs which affect the arts and evaluate their effectiveness; stimulate public understanding of the importance of cultural institutions; promote an encouraging atmosphere for creative artists in Illinois; and encourage the use of local resources to develop and support the arts.