Illinois Valley Fine Arts Trust Awards Grants
Trust awards greatest number of grants in one year in its 19-year history
PERU, Ill. (Jan. 17, 2012) – The Illinois Valley Fine Arts Trust (IVFAT) today awarded grants to 34 fine arts groups and community organizations in the tri-county area—the greatest number of grants in one year in its 19-year history.
IVFAT awarded $6,000 in grants to 15 full-time fine arts groups, including three art, seven music and five theater nonprofits. IVFAT also awarded nearly $3,000 in grants to 19 community organizations for fine arts programming they will offer this year, including four libraries, two museums, four nonprofits and nine schools.
“This is a banner year for fine arts programming in the Illinois Valley as well as a milestone for the Illinois Valley Fine Arts Trust,” said Robert Willmot, IVFAT executive director.
“The Trust awarded more grants this year than in any year since the first awards in 1995,” he noted. “In addition, we presented grants to 12 first-time awardees, and all of the performances and events funded by the Trust span the entire year and the Tri-County area.”
“We are so pleased that these grants will help 1,400 artists and 700 volunteers present artistic, musical and theatrical programming and events throughout the year for an estimated collective audience of 22,000 adults and youth in the Illinois Valley,” Willmot said.
The 15 full-time fine arts organizations receiving grants include: Community Players of Streator, Covered Bridge Chorus, Hegeler Carus Foundation, Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Valley Youth Choir, Illinois Valley Youth Symphony, Maud Powell Celebration, Mendota Community Theater, Ottawa Art League, Ottawa Concert Association, Prairie Arts Council, Princeton Civil War Committee, Princeton Theater Group-Festival 56, Stage 212, and the Valley Carvers Association.
The 19 community organizations receiving grants include: Bureau County Historical Society, Girl Scouts of Central Illinois-La Salle County, Camp 56, La Moille Public School – Friends of Music Department, La Salle County Historical Society, La Salle Public School Dist. 122, Ladd Community Consolidated School Dist. 94, Leepertown Community Consolidated School Dist. 175, Lostant Community Library, LP Choral Festival, Marquette Academy, Marseilles Elementary School, North Central Illinois Artworks, Oglesby Washington School, Princeton Community Band, Princeton Public Library, Richard A. Mautino Memorial Library, Streator Public Library-Friends of the Library, and Washington School, Peru.
Community Players to stage noteworthy shows
02/10/2010, 5:38 pm
STREATOR — Some prominent American plays, old and new, will be
presented in Community Players of Streator's 2010 season.
"We are pleased to be able to bring such a diverse and quality lineup of shows to our audiences this season," said Tim Karth, production chairman for the group, also known as Engle Lane.
The productions- all staged in the William C. Schiffbauer Center For The Performing Arts At Engle Lane, 1012 Columbus St.- range from a children's production to a radio play to a couple bona fide American classics.
"We'd like to thank the directors for the important role they play in our success, as well as our loyal season ticket holders who are the very foundation or our theater," said Kathy Missel, board of directors president and marketing chairwoman.
- Community Players' 53rd season opens with the musical comedy "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," chronicling the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. Opening Sunday, May 23, the show's Tony award-winning creative team has created the unlikeliest of hit musicals about the unlikeliest of heroes — a quirky, yet charming cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time. Nick McFadden of Streator will direct.
- In June, the Futrelle sisters from last season's comedy "Dearly Beloved" return to the stage in "Christmas Belles," directed by Larry Burash of Streator. This time, instead of a wedding, they're organizing the annual Christmas program in the small Texas town of Fayro. Within a short time, the program begins to spiral into chaos. The show will run Sunday, June 20, to Saturday, June 26.
- Doug Bartelt of Streator brings the classic musical "The Music Man" to the Engle Lane stage Sunday, July 18, to Saturday, July 24. An affectionate look at a bygone era, the show follows fast-talking salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boy's band he vows to organize, despite the fact he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef.
-"Godspell Junior" — a popular musical by two-time Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz — will showcase the talents of young performers. Running Sunday, Aug. 15, to Saturday, Aug. 21, the musical draws from various theatrical traditions including clowning, charades, pantomime, acrobatics and vaudeville. A reflection on the life of Jesus Christ, "Godspell Junior" will be directed by Jeff Houk and Jason Williams, both of Ottawa.
-As relevant today as when it was written more than 60 years ago, Engle Lane presents "Death of a Salesman" for the first time, Sunday, Sept. 12, to Saturday, Sept. 18. Directed by Maggie Frost of Marseilles, the drama tells the tale of the last days of salesman Willy Loman, who cannot understand how he failed to win success and happiness. Through a series of tragic soul-searching revelations of the life he led with his wife, his sons and his business associates, audiences discover how Loman's quest for the American dream blinded him to the people who truly love him.
-The season concludes with a twist as Michelle Vrtis of Ottawa directs the radio drama version of "The Wizard of Oz." Actors and actresses from 1940s Hollywood will retell the story live on stage with sound effects and live music before a live studio audience. The production will run Sunday, Oct. 10, to Saturday, Oct. 16.
Engle Lane productions at Schiffbauer Center debut at 2 p.m. Sundays, then run 7:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Season ticket prices start at $40 for all six shows, or less than $7 per show, and can be purchased by contacting the box office manager at 815-672-4066.For more information, call 815-672-4066
RR Donnelley Charitable Contributions Committee
presented Doug Bartelt, Board President, with a $1000 check to help defray
royalty expenses for the children/youth musical. RR Donnelley's goal is to
support children and youth in the arts and literacy.
Illinois Valley Fine Arts Trust (IVFAT) has awarded Community Players of Streator with a $500.00 Round I Grant. The grant will be used to help with the costs associated with a children's workshop and related production.
IVFAT awards grants for art, music, and theater programs twice a year in the area defined by Ottawa to Princeton, Mendota to Streator, and including LaSalle, Peru, Oglesby, and Spring Valley.
Left to right: J. Sain, Business Manager, University Theatre Department of Theatre Arts at Eastern Illinois University and Donna Stone of the ITA along with Engle Lane board members Jane Hart and Rob Tyne accepting the award at the annual ITA convention in Chicago.
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