In 1982, a small group of artists and arts administrators joined forces to combat the threatened elimination of state funding for the arts in Illinois. Out of these early advocacy efforts, Arts Alliance Illinois was born. For 35 years, the Alliance has served as a catalyst for strengthening the arts sector and, today, proudly serves as a primary convener and connector of Illinois’ artists, arts providers, arts educators, cultural organizations, and their advocates.
The Alliance builds the vitality of communities statewide through service and advocacy, thereby generating resources for the cultural sector and creative industries. It positions arts and culture as a source of creative solutions to a broad range of challenges, promotes arts-centered learning and the development of a creative and adaptive workforce, fosters equitable access to and participation in arts and culture, and advances historically neglected or marginalized forms of expression.
Visit artsalliance.org to learn more and follow @ArtsAllianceIL on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Support the Alliance today by visiting artsalliance.org/support, or by phone at 312-855-3105 ext. 15.
Video by HMS Media, online at hmsmedia.com. Kristin Klinger, Producer and Editor; Catherine Haremski and Scott Silberstein, Associate Producers. Narration by J. Nicole Brooks. Written by Zachary Whittenburg. Special thanks to Paul Batsel and the Office of Renée Fleming, Choose Chicago, Chicago History Museum, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the Egyptian Theatre, the Hettenhausen Center for the Arts, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Lookingglass Theatre Company, Lyric Opera of Chicago, PBS, and WTTW Chicago. Footage of Othello: The Remix at Cook County Jail provided by Q Brothers and Native Eye.