PERU — The Illinois Valley Fine Arts Trust recently 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 grants were awarded in 1993,” 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 (Dale Fiste), 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 (Julia McCutchan), Princeton Civil War Committee (Todd Sanders), Princeton Theater Group-Festival 56 (Dexter Brigham), Stage 212 and the Valley Carvers Association.
The 19 community organizations receiving grants include: Bureau County Historical Society (Pam Lange), Girl Scouts of Central Illinois - LaSalle County, Camp 56, LaMoille Public School - Friends of Music Department, LaSalle County Historical Society, LaSalle Public School District 122, Ladd Community Consolidated School District 94, Leepertown Community Consolidated School District 175, Lostant Community Library, L-P Choral Festival, Marquette Academy, Marseilles Elementary School, North Central Illinois Artworks, Oglesby Washington School, Princeton Community Band (Paul Kautz), Princeton Public Library (Margaret Martinkus), Richard A. Mautino Memorial Library, Streator Public Library - Friends of the Library and Washington School in Peru.
Since 1993, IVFAT has awarded more than $168,000 in grants. Funding is provided with the generous support of annual gift donors with additional funding through a Community Arts Access grant from the Illinois Arts Council for the grants to community organizations.