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

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. 

“The strongest investment that can be made for the economic future of Illinois is to empower students to reach their full potential and be productive citizens,” says Shirley R. Madigan, Chair of the Illinois Arts Council Agency. “The Summer Youth Employment in the Arts Program gives students all over the state the opportunity to build job skills while connecting with their communities.”

SYEA Program recipients have been recognized by the IACA for providing high quality public arts programming and have demonstrated responsible stewardship of IACA funds. Student employees will receive training and mentoring in administrative and artistic duties. Summer employment will provide meaningful responsibilities that support personal growth and career preparation, while supporting the mission and goals of the host organization.

Awardees City
6018NORTH     Chicago
Actors Gymnasium Evanston
Albany Park Theater Project Chicago
American Indian Center  Chicago
ArtReach at Lillstreet  Chicago
Arts Connection of Central IL  Effingham
Arts in Bartlett NFP  Bartlett
The Art Center, Highland Park  Highland Park
The Arts of Life  Chicago
Ballet Chicago  Chicago
Black Ensemble Theater Corp  Chicago
Buchanan Center for the Arts  Monmouth
Carbondale Community Arts  Carbondale
Central Illinois Youth Symphony  Peoria
Champaign Urbana Ballet  Champaign
Chicago Architecture Foundation  Chicago
Chicago Ballet  Chicago
Chicago Children's Theatre  Chicago
Chicago Jazz Philharmonic  Chicago
Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center Chicago
Chicago West Community Music Center Chicago
Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras  Chicago
CircEsteem  Chicago
City of Urbana Public Arts  Urbana
Community Television Network  Chicago
Deeply Rooted Productions  Chicago
Discovery Center Museum  Rockford
DuPage Childrens Museum  Naperville
Eastlight Theatre  East Peoria
Elevarte Community Studio Chicago
Ensemble Espanol  Chicago
Evanston Art Center  Evanston
Fair Lady Productions Inc. Naperville
Fifth House Ensemble Chicago
First Folio Theatre  Clarendon Hills
Free Street  Chicago
Freeport Arts Center  Freeport
Galesburg Civic Art League Inc  Galesburg
Galesburg Symphony Society Galesburg
Hyde Park Art Center  Chicago
Illinois Wesleyan University  Bloomington
Intonation Music Workshop  Chicago
Intuit The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art  Chicago
The Joffrey Ballet  Chicago
Kohl Children's Museum/Greater Chicago Glenview
kuumba Lynx  Chicago
Links Hall Chicago
Little City Palatine
The Little Theatre On The Square, Inc. Sullivan
Loyola University Chicago Chicago
Marwen Foundation  Chicago
Maywood Fine Arts Association  Maywood
Merit School of Music  Chicago
Midwest Young Artists  Highwood
John R. & Eleanor R. Mitchell Foundation Mount Vernon
Momenta Oak Park
The Morton Arboretum  Lisle
Mudlark Theater Company  Evanston
Najwa Dance Corps Chicago
National Museum of Mexican Art  Chicago
Natya Dance Theatre  Chicago
Northbrook Symphony Orchestra  Northbrook
Northwest Community Music Academy Crystal Lake 
Oak Park Area Arts Council Oak Park
Oak Park Art League  Oak Park
Paramount Arts Centre  Aurora
Parkland College Art Gallery  Champaign
Piven Theatre Workshop  Evanston
Princeton Theatre Group  Princeton
Puerto Rican Arts Alliance  Chicago
Quad City Arts Rock Island
Quincy Art Center Quincy
Raue Center For The Arts Inc  Crystal Lake 
Raven Theatre Chicago
Ravinia Festival Assn  Highland Park
SkyART Chicago
South Shore Drill Team/Perf Art Ensemble  Chicago
Southern Illinois Symphony  Carbondale
Springfield Area Arts Council  Springfield
Sun foundation  Washburn
Swedish Am Museum Assn of Chicago  Chicago
Theatre in the Park  Petersburg
Timber Lake Playhouse  Mount Carroll
TimeLine Theatre Company  Chicago
Township High School District 214 Community Education Foundation  Arlington Heights
Urban Gateways  Chicago
West Point School of Music  Chicago
Young Chicago Authors  Chicago
Young Naperville Singers  Naperville


For additional information about the SYEA Program, contact Encarnación Teruel, at encarnacion.teruel@illinois.gov or 312/814-6753 or 800/237-6994 (toll free within Illinois).

Individuals who are deaf or have hearing or voice impairments can call 312/814-4831 TTY.

For more information about the Illinois Arts Council Agency visit www.arts.illinois.gov

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