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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 14, 2023
Contact: Dr. Mae Gilliland Wright
Telephone: 309-258-1327
E-mail: [email protected]



PEORIA, IL – ArtsPartners of Central Illinois is pleased to announce a new grant program for Central Illinois organizations and residents called ArtsDollar$. The program is made possible by the Illinois Arts Council Agency’s Community Arts Access grant program.

This year, ArtsPartners will be granting $11,500 to organizations and artists residing in Central Illinois. The goal of ArtsDollar$ is to support programs and artists that enrich the quality of life in the Greater Peoria region (Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford counties) through the arts. It is our mission to make art accessible for all. All art forms and mediums are eligible.

Regarding ArtsDollar$, ArtsPartners Executive Director Dr. Mae Gilliland Wright stated:

“The arts are an essential economic driver in Greater Peoria. ArtsDollar$ recognizes the importance and power of our arts and culture sector by providing much-needed funding to uplift and celebrate local arts organizations, individual artists, and K-12 educational institutions. We can’t wait to see this program continue to grow!”

In agreement, ArtsPartners Board President Frannie Heine remarked:

“We are thrilled to be selected as a regranting organization through the Illinois Arts Council Agency, bringing new dollars to Central Illinois. This mission-driven program will bring new value to the region’s arts and cultural organizations as well as individual artists. We look forward to continuing to support and drive economic impact through the arts in Central Illinois.”

Applications are currently being accepted and will be due no later than October 5, 2023. Grants will be awarded for both projects and education. Project grants support arts projects or programming that emphasize community engagement and access to the arts. Education grants support projects or programming that provide opportunities in the arts for K-12 students. Applications are due October 5, 2023.

Support for ArtsDollar$ is provided by grants from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, National Endowment for the Arts, and ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, Inc.

The application and more information can be found on our website at:

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ArtsPartners of Central Illinois promotes the arts as a vital component of central Illinois’ cultural and economic development. Founded in 1999, ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to build awareness and strengthen the arts for the economic and cultural enrichment of central Illinois.

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