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Harold Washington a “Giant in the History of Big City Mayors” – 30th Anniversary Tribute Committee kicks-off Month-Long Celebration

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30th  Anniversary Harold Washington Tribute Committee kicks-off Month-Long Celebration & Campaign to immortalize the Harold Washington Legacy


CHICAGO, IL – The charismatic late Mayor Harold Washington is noted for transforming Chicago’s political environment and creating an open all-inclusive government that represents Chicago’s rich diversity.  Citizens, civic, faith, and political leaders are launching an effort to ensure that the memory of Harold Washington’s legacy is not forgotten on April 12, 2013 at the Ramada Lake Shore in Hyde Park where the former mayor announced his candidacy.  The 30th Anniversary commemoration is being presented under the title: “The Man, the Moment, the Movement.”

The committee will announce a month-long series of events coordinated in collaboration with various community based organizations, academic, and cultural institutions that highlight Harold Washington’s impact and influence culturally, politically, and economically. In addition, a Harold Washington Scholarship Fund will be initiated for students pursing public service careers (see attached Schedule of Events).

This effort to memorialize the emergence of Harold Washington as Chicago’s first African American Mayor in the city’s then 149- year history is led by the Harold Washington Tribute Committee.  The committee represents a diverse group of citizens who believe Harold Washington’s transformative accomplishments and legacy should be recognized, preserved, and perpetuated for future generations. 

Honorary Co-chair, the Honorable Pat Quinn, Governor of Illinois and a Harold Washington contemporary said, “Harold Washington will be remembered as a giant in the history of America’s Big-City mayors. Not content to be a trailblazer, he was transformational, profoundly changing the way Chicago governs itself.”

Committee convener, political activist, and Chicago socialite Josie Childs said, “Chicago leads the nation in producing profoundly iconic leadership examples and Harold Washington ranks among the best for breaking racial and gender barriers while advancing progressive urban policies.” 

Childs points to the success of Harold Washington’s campaign in mobilizing unprecedented numbers of non-traditional voters and benchmark administration accomplishments including:

•          Created the Ethics Commission

•          Issued an executive order increasing minority business contracts

•          Opened government with a Freedom of Information executive order

•          Led fight for ward redistricting; more black and Hispanic representation

•          Fought for equal provision of public services; neighborhood street, curb and gutter repair

•          Opened the city’s budget process for public input and participation

•          Encouraged neighborhood festivals and projects

•          Led movement for Illinois’ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Bill

For complete information regarding HWTC activities visit:  www.MayorHaroldWashington.com or call Josie Childs:  773- 643-4828.

Date:   April 12, 2013          Time: 10:00 a.m.

Event: Opening Kick-off Press Conference and Reception

Location:   Ramada Lake Shore Chicago

4900 S Lakeshore Drive, Chicago, IL 60615 US

Maps & Directions

Details: The Ramada Inn called then called the “50th on the Lake” Hotel on November 10, 1982 is where the Honorable Mayor Harold Washington accepted the call from the citizens of Chicago and declared his candidacy to be the first African American Mayor of Chicago. Contact:  Don Rashid: 312-972-6700

Date:  April 12, 2013         Time:  6:00 p.m.– 9:00 p.m.

Event:   “Commemorative Election Reception”

Location:  The Marmon Grand , 2230 S. Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60616

(312) 225-8100 

Details: Harold Washington was elected April 12, 1983. Citizens are invited to attend this commemorative post election event and share their remembrances of the electrifying Harold Washington election and how he continues to inspire individuals to achieve personal and civic greatness.  The general public is invited to join the celebration at no cost.  Donations for the Harold Washington Scholarship Fund will be accepted.  Contact:  Josie Childs:  773-643-4828

Date:  April 16, 2013    Time:  2:30 p .m. – 4:00 p.m.

Event: The Harold Washington Legacy

Location:  Chicago State University, 9501 S King Drive, Chicago, IL 60628

Library Auditorium, 4th Floor

(773) 995-2000 

 Details: The panel discussion on the legacy of Harold Washington, moderated by CSU  Lionel Kimbel, Associate Professor of History, CSU will look at:

·       the grass roots movement that helped to secure Mayor Washington’s election

·       the unique programs and systems that Mayor Washington implemented during his administration

·       his legacy for the city and for the office

Loisteen Walker Woods

Director of Administration

Department of Family & Support Services, Labor Relations Divisi

Dr. Robert T. Starks

Professor of Educational Inquiry and Curriculum Studies

Northeastern Illinois University 

Mr. George Jackson

Retired Asst. Commissioner

Department of Water, Water Management 

Professor Dick W. Simpson

University of Illinois at Chicago

Department of Political Science

College of Liberal Arts and Science 

Date: Friday, April 19, 2013   Time:  10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m

Event: Harold Washington’s Progressive Jobs, Economic, and Neighborhood Development Policies: Lessons Learned for the 21st Century

Location:  Egan Urban Center, DePaul University, One East Jackson, Chicago, Illinois

Contact:  Steven Alexander     Phone:  312.362.6000

Details:  Mayor Harold Washington’s administration implemented several progressive urban policies that were focused on transforming Chicago’s economic and political environment in order to elevate the quality of life for all Chicagoans – with a special emphasis on low and moderate-income families. To highlight these policies and programs, DePaul University’s Egan Urban Center’s event will include:

·       A presentation on the Washington administration’s approach to developing and implementing what several scholars described as one of the most progressive and innovative jobs, economic, and neighborhood development programs in the nation.

·       A panel of policy makers who participated in developing and supporting Washington’s jobs and economic development policies and programs will discuss how the “movement” influenced the administration’s governance.

Audience questions and comments will follow the presentations that will hopefully help develop an outreach and advocacy strategy for institutionalizing effective job creation and economic development policies and strategies for the 21st century – that benefit low and moderate income communities.

Date:  Sunday, April 22, 2013

Event:  Spiritual Reflection

Location:  Faith communities across Chicagoland are encouraged to acknowledge Harold Washington during their respective services and gatherings.  Reflecting on how the former mayor was an ambassador for peace in reducing violence in our communities.

Details: Harold Washington embraced faith communities in mobilizing the masses to become civically engaged.  The Reverend John Porter, pastor of Christ United Methodist Church received Harold Washington as Mayor-elect on November 10, 1982. “Lord we thank you, for the man, the moment and the movement have come together.” 

Date: April 27, 2013    Time:  9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Event: Harold Washington Youth Summit 2013: Youth Celebration and Civic Engagement Project”

Location:  Northeastern Illinois University Center for Inner City Studies, 700 E Oakwood Blvd, Chicago, IL

(773) 268-7500 , contact:  James Hill:  773-457-8619  

Details: Young adult professionals and students will focus on educational reform, voter education, health and wellness promotion, and social entrepreneurship issues.  The event is coordinated in association with Hip Hop Detoxx, the Young and Powerful Group, and Concerned Christian Men.

Date: April 26, 2013     Time:  5:30p.m. – 7:30p.m.

Event:  Know Your Harold!

Location:   DuSable High School, 4934 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60615

(773) 535-1100

Details:  Chicago Public School students will culminate a citywide academic competition coordinated by Urban Solutions that showcases student knowledge of former Mayor Harold Washington.  The event will be hosted by Robin Robinson, FOX 32 TV News Anchor.  DuSable High School is where Harold Washington, respected for his academic prowess and sophisticated debate acumen, cultivated his eloquent oratory skills and fervent passion for education.  For information contact:  Karen Gunn, Urban Solutions:  (773) 783-5970

Date: Sunday, April 28, 2013

Time:  2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.  

Event:  Remembering Mayor Harold Washington

Location:  DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 East 56th Street, Chicago, IL 60637


Details:  Harold Washington became the first African-American Mayor of Chicago, serving from 1983 until his death in 1987.  He continues to be revered and beloved all over the country.  In this special tribute program, we discuss ground breaking moments in his mayoral career; highlights of his many impactful speeches; hear from some of his trusted friends and confidants; and honor the legacy of “Chicago’s ambassador to the world,” Mayor Harold Lee Washington. The program will also include performances dedicated to his memory.

Date:  Monday, April 29, 2013    Time:  5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Event:  Closing Celebration featuring the Chi-Lites!

Location:  Harold Washington Cultural Center , 4701 S Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Chicago, IL 60653

  (773) 373-1900

Details: Citizens are invited to attend the closing commemorative celebration on the day that Harold Washington was inaugurated as the first American Mayor of Chicago in its then 149 history.  Proceeds from this ticketed event will support the Harold Washington Scholarship fund.

About the Tribute Committee

 The committee represents a diverse group of citizens and civic leaders who believe Harold Washington’s transformative accomplishments and legacy should be recognized,preserved, and perpetuated for future generations. For more information visit: www.mayorharoldwashington.com   


Josie B. Childs, Tribute Committee Chair and Committee Convener,

 Jesse Jackson, Sr, Founder, Rainbow PUSH Coalition,

Timuel Black, Historian 

Ed Gardner, Soft-Sheen Founder and Harold Washington Grassroots Fund Raiser       

David Orr, Clerk, Cook County, appointed Vice- Mayor by Harold Washington

 Jane Ramsey, Harold Washington, Campaign Organizer


                             Pat Quinn, Governor, State of Illinois

                             Toni Preckwinkle, President, Cook County Board 

Contact:  Don Rashid            Phone:  312-972-6700

                   Deborah Crable    Phone:  773-547-0777 

Date:                  April 12, 2013

Time:                 10:00 a.m.

Event:                Kick-off Press Conference and Reception


                           4900 S Lakeshore Drive, Chicago, IL 60615  

Details:  The 30th Anniversary Harold Washington Tribute Committee will announce Harold Washington commemorative activities planned for April including a Harold Washington Scholarship Fund fundraising event and long-range goals to immortalize the legacy of Chicago’s first African-American mayor. 

African American Experience Fund announces 2013 Annual Awards Gala – “Celebrating Legacies”

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WASHINGTON, DC – The African American Experience Fund (AAEF) of the National Park Foundation (NPF), will host their Annual Awards Gala, “CELEBRATING LEGACIES: Visionary Leaders & Landmarks,” on Thursday, April 18, 2013, at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington, DC, including a reception at 5:30 pm, dinner and awards ceremony at 6:45 pm and a live performance by Grammy nominee jazz recording artist Gerald Veasley and Band at 9:00 pm.


AAEF’s 2013 honorees are: Congressman James E. Clyburn (South Carolina) who authored legislation to preserve and protect the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor through our national parks; Julieanna L. Richardson, founder of The HistoryMakers (owners of the largest collection of digital stories of African Americans who have made history); and Shelton Johnson, interpretive ranger at Yosemite National Park and historian on the Buffalo Soldiers.


Past honorees include: Congressman John Lewis; General Colin Powell; Ambassador Andrew Young; the Little Rock Nine, historian (late) John Hope Franklin; civil rights attorney Fred Gray, African American Civil War Memorial and Museum founder Dr. Frank Smith, Jr.; the Walt Disney Company (Robert Billingslea); Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Marian Wright Edelman and Dr. Mae C. Jemison, the first African American woman astronaut.


Proceeds from the Gala support the AAEF and grants to national African American historic sites for student internships, educational programs, youth programs and community events. AAEF is a program of the National Park Foundation, the official charitable partner of the National Park Service. AAEF is the only national partner that makes charitable contributions and provides program support to sites across the country to preserve the full spectrum of African American history, and to ensure these untold and under-told extraordinary stories are told to future generations. AAEF has contributed more than $1.3 million in grants to national park heritage sites over the past 11 years.


More than 300 guests attend this event annually: civil rights, business and academic leaders; Congressional members, White House staff, US Interior Dept. and Nat’l Park Service officials, youth, and journalists.


To purchase tickets, please visit: http://aaexperience.org/connect/news/aaef’s-annual-awards-gala-save-date


About AAEF:


The African American Experience Fund (AAEF) was established in 2001, as a program of the National Park Foundation (NPF), a Washington, DC – based Foundation chartered by Congress as the official non- profit partner of the National Park Service. AAEF supports and preserves African American history and historic sites in our national parks, including 23 national landmark sites such as the Martin Luther King National Historic Site, the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, Boston African American National Historic Site, the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom and Gullah Geechee National Cultural Heritage Corridor. For a list of all sites and more information on AAEF visit: www.aaexperience.org.

United Negro College Fund announces new NAACP Gateway to Leadership Internship Program

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Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — The Gateway to Leadership Program is a 10-week paid summer internship for undergraduate students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). This program offers finance majors an opportunity to work with major financial organizations during the internship.
The program is open to college juniors with a grade point average of 3.0 or above. Accepted majors include business, finance, economics, banking or accounting. Students must be enrolled at a historically black college or university. Benefits include competitive pay, on-the-job training with a top financial firm, competitive exercises in financial management, and valuable networking opportunities.

Sec’y of State Jesse White visits Stroger Hospital to encourage organ/tissue donation

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Joined by Commissioner Steele, a Kidney Recipient and Cook County Health System CEO


Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White will join Cook County Commissioner Robert Steele, a kidney recipient, Cook County Health and Hospitals System Chief Executive Officer Dr. Ram Raju, kidney specialist/donor family Dr. Kalyani Perumal, and Gift of Hope CEO Kevin Cmunt

White’s visit is to encourage organ/tissue donation during a donor registration drive.

 White will visit the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, 1969 W. Ogden Avenue, Main entrance near chapel (enter at Entrance 2), Thursday, April 11 at 10:30 a.m.

 April is National Donate Life Month.  White will be traveling the state as well as working with organizations to promote the importance of organ and tissue donor awareness.  In Illinois, more than 5.2 million people have signed up for the registry, but every year about 300 people die waiting for their gift of life.

Why Aren’t You Making Apps?

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Soap Box Rants

By Pamela Bratcher-McMillan
President, Chair & CEO, of PETAL et al.

There is a market out there with a chance for you to make some money, too. It’s called Mobile App Development. App is short for applications.  Currently, Microsoft is offering $100 dollars to anyone that uploads a completed Windows Phone 8 app to their store. This, in addition to the profit you make off of sales of your video game or app.

You can make money from the privacy of your home or a local library or coffee shop with internet access. Next, you’ll need to install the free software that Microsoft provides to get you started with development.

With some patience and time, you can develop an app on your own or with a team. There are so many resources available to get you started in an emerging app market like Windows Phone 8. The Apple and Android stores are saturated. Many are turning to graphical user interfaces (GUI) to get started. It’s no longer like the days of grueling to learn or understand a programming language. There are friendly user interfaces that guide you through getting projects done while you learn some programming.

There are successful app publishers that have not even reached the age of 18. It is just a matter of sitting down and putting the time in, but the payoff could be big. Why waste time watching television or linger on social networks when you could be doing something to bring some extra cash in or just for the good feel of accomplishing something? Be inspiring to those around you, particularly the young people who need to find a way to empower themselves with technology learning. They can learn to do things or work toward things that set them up as entrepreneurs and not always thinking of working for someone else. Instead, they can be the ones that create the next generation of companies that employ their community.

Pamela Bratcher-McMillan is a technology Expert and President, Chair & CEO, of PETAL et al.

Action Now and KOCO will hold protest rally at Chicago Urban League Headquarters, say CUL President Andrea Zopp supports CPS school closings

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The organizations  claim Zopp betrays civil rights mission of Chicago Urban League by closing schools


Members of the community organizations Action Now and KOCO will protest outside of the Chicago Urban League (CUL) today because Andrea Zopp, CUL’s President, supports CPS school closings “that will destroy the very communities that the Chicago Urban League was created to help and protect.”

The protest will be held today, April 11th, 2013 at 4 p.m. outside of the Chicago Urban League, 4510 S. Michigan Ave.

The organizations claim that the Chicago Board of Education is responsible for decades of failed education policies focused around corporate education reform. “This year the Chicago Board of Education is planning to close the largest number of schools at any one time in America’s history, the majority of which are in African-American communities. School closings and charter expansion have been the status quo in Chicago’s low-income African-American neighborhoods for years, but families have yet to see positive outcomes,” they stated in a press release.

“The Chicago Urban League, a historic civil rights organization, says its  mission is to “work for economic, educational and social progress for African Americans and promote strong, sustainable communities through advocacy, collaboration and innovation.” If this is their mission, then their President Andrea Zopp is betraying it on all counts. The failed policy of closing schools has been shown to destabilize communities, increase violence, create job loss and leave behind vacant buildings.

“A 2009 study by the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research (CCSR) found that 82% of students from 18 elementary schools closed in Chicago moved from one underperforming school to another underperforming school, including schools already on probation. In a follow up 2012 report, the CCSR determined that 94% of students from closed Chicago schools did not go to “academically strong” new schools.

“School closings are also not an effective way to address budget concerns. A 2011 Pew Charitable Trust report, “Lessons from six urban districts” showed that school closures did not save the school districts as much money as was hoped. A recent audit of the 2008 Washington D.C. school closures conducted by the Office of the D.C. Auditor determined that instead of saving the district $30 million, as claimed by former schools chancellor Michelle Rhee, the closures actually cost the city $40 million.

“Action Now and KOCO see that the real motivation behind closing neighborhood schools is not to help students or save money, but to privatize education by opening new charters. This is despite the fact that charter schools do not perform better than public schools. According to CPS’s own data, an average charter school performs 10 percentile points below traditional neighborhood schools on reading test scores when the racial composition and number of students qualifying for Free or Reduced Lunches are similar.

“The Chicago Urban League should stand with African-American communities in Chicago and oppose school closings instead of having a President that is furthering the destruction of neighborhoods by supporting failed CPS policies” they concluded.

Rehearsal Photos now available for the Chicago premiere of Old-Hollywood Satire By The Way, Meet Vera Stark by Pulitzer Prize Winner Lynn Nottage, Directed by Chuck Smith

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May 2013 film series “Dark Eyes: Visions of Black Women” film series parthership with Columbia College among the other ways to “Meet Vera Stark”


CHICAGO, IL - Rehearsal photos for Chuck Smith’s Chicago premiere production of By the Way, Meet Vera Stark—a sharp-toothed satire on 1930s Hollywood and beyond by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage (Ruined)—are now available for download in the Press Room. As previously announced, Chicago’s own Tamberla Perry appears in the lead role, along with other Chicago stage notables Patrick Clear, TaRon Patton, Ron Rains and Kara Zediker. Chiké Johnson and Amelia Workman round out the cast in a work hailed as “not-to-be-missed” by Vogue, which “reminds us of Nottage’s impressive range as a dramatist” (Los Angeles Times). In celebration of the forgotten and overlooked actresses that the fictional Vera Stark represents, the Goodman partners with Columbia College throughout May to present a series of films and discussions highlighting African American actresses of the era. Visit GoodmanTheatre.org for information. By the Way, Meet Vera Stark runs April 27 – June 2, 2013 (opening night is Monday, May 6). Tickets ($25 – $81; subject to change) are available at GoodmanTheatre.org/Vera, by phone at 312.443.3800 or at the box office (170 North Dearborn). Goodman Theatre Women’s Board is the Major Production Sponsor for By the Way, Meet Vera Stark and Illinois Tool Works is the Corporate Sponsor Partner. WBEZ 91.5FM is the Media Partner. A full performance calendar and information on other special events appear below.

“It is my great pleasure to welcome Lynn back to the Goodman and again pair her with Chuck Smith, whose production of Lynn’s Crumbs from the Table of Joy remains a highlight of his distinguished career,” said Artistic Director Robert Falls. “Vera Stark may be a creation of Lynn’s imagination, but her story is one of an entire generation of artists unknown to most of us, artists whose beauty and talent were lost in the racial marginalization of America in the mid-twentieth century. With this production, the Goodman will stage the truth behind the legends of the would-be Vera Stark, and the society that created then stifled her.”

By the Way, Meet Vera Stark offers a glimpse into the life of Vera Stark, a headstrong African American actress whose fledgling film career begins in the 1930s, at a time when her only shot at success lies in stealing small scenes in big Hollywood blockbusters. Seventy years later, film buffs are left to reflect on the life and legacy of this controversial star, whose eventual fame and fortune came at the price of perpetuating dangerous stereotypes. Lynn Nottage paints a vivid picture of the cultural climate that shaped this mysterious screen queen—and wonders who, in another time, she might have been.

“I’ve always had an incredible fascination with old black and white films from the 1930s, but I was always terribly embarrassed by the grotesque and stereotypical ways African Americans were portrayed,” said playwright Lynn Nottage. “I decided to use humor to uncover the painful and passionate journey that they (then and even now) are forced to take in order to ply their trade. Vera is a fictional character I created to draw people into a dialogue about race and representation in early cinema.”


A discussion with Director Chuck Smith and Playwright Lynn Nottage, moderated by Chicago Tribune’s Michael Phillips
Sunday, May 5, 5 – 6pm | Goodman Theatre | FREE for Subscribers, Donors and students with ID; $5 general public
Reservations are required. Call 312.443.3800 to reserve your seats.

This annual event celebrates the diverse and distinguished women of Chicagoland 
Wednesday, May 8, 6pm Reception / 7:30pm Performance | Petterino’s & Goodman Theatre 
$85 Reception & Performance, $50 Reception only; call 312.443.5572 ext. 539 to purchase tickets 

PRE- AND POST-SHOW DISCUSSIONS                                                     
Arrive early or stay late for discussions about the play with members of the artistic team | Goodman Theatre | FREE
Pre-show (7pm): May 10, 17, 24 and 31 | Post-show: May 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30. 


A month-long “CONTEXT” series of screenings and discussions of films by and about African American women
Thursdays May 9, 16, 23 and 30 | Columbia College Chicago
Films included: Eve’s Bayou, Watermelon Woman, I Will Follow and Mississippi Damned
Co-curated by Willa Taylor, Goodman Theatre director of education and community engagement, and Vaun Monroe, associate professor of film at Columbia College and assistant director of By the Way, Meet Vera Stark
Visit GoodmanTheatre.org for times and exact locations


Chicago Symphony Orchestra Judson and Joyce Green, Creative Consultant Yo-Yo Ma to present at Arts Alliance Illinois’ Inaugural Benefit Luncheon Friday, May 17

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Luncheon also honors former Ambassador Fay Hartog-Levin as “Citizen Advocate”


CHICAGO, IL  – Arts Alliance Illinois will host its inaugural benefit luncheon, “Voices of a Creative State,” Friday, May 17, 2013 at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave. The luncheon will feature a presentation and performance by world-renowned cellist and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant Yo-Yo Ma about the powerful role that the arts can and should play in the civic life of Illinois.
The event will also feature the presentation of Arts Alliance Illinois’ first “Citizen Advocate” Award, in recognition of an individual whose vision and civic leadership provide heightened visibility to the value of the arts. Arts Alliance Illinois, the state’s leading arts advocacy organization, is proud to honor Ambassador Fay Hartog-Levin (ret.) with this award at its first annual luncheon.
“Voices of a Creative State” will gather Illinois’ creative, corporate, and civic leaders to celebrate the strength and diversity of our state’s cultural sector at what will become Arts Alliance Illinois’ signature fundraising event. The luncheon, for which Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Joan W. Harris will serve as honorary chairs with Pamela Crutchfield and Kassie Davis serving as event co-chairs, will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a brief networking reception followed by the luncheon at noon.
“Arts Alliance Illinois is a wonderful organization and an important part of Chicago’s thriving arts sector,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “Their work continues to be integral in creating opportunities and visibility for arts organizations and new initiatives, and it is a driver of our Cultural Plan’s goal to firmly establish Chicago as an unparalleled global destination for creativity and excellence in the arts.”
He is a strong advocate for educational programs that not only bring young audiences in contact with music but also allow them to participate in its creation. Yo-Yo Ma delivered this year’s Nancy Hanks Lecture on the Arts and Public Policy as part of National Arts Advocacy Day on April 8 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
“How exciting to have Yo-Yo Ma, one of the great classical musicians of our generation and one of the most active and articulate arts advocates in our country, as the keynote speaker at this special event celebrating the strength and diversity of the arts in Illiniois,” said David Hawkanson, Arts Alliance Illinois board chair and executive director of Steppenwolf Theatre Company.

An avid advocate for the arts and arts education, renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma will speak about the responsibility of artists and arts organizations to connect with their communities and engage as active citizens in our democracy.

Voices of a Creative State will become the signature fundraising event of Arts Alliance Illinois. Proceeds from the event will help Arts Alliance Illinois promote widespread support for the arts throughout the state. Some of the programs that will benefit from the luncheon include advocacy campaigns such as “Make Art Work,” which promotes the impact of the arts on jobs, the economy and community vitality in Illinois as well as arts education initiatives such as the “Arts & Education Exchange,” which is a free, online service that connects educators with arts providers to give students an opportunity for expression and self-discovery through creative outlets. 
About Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma was appointed the Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in December 2009, and his consultancy was renewed through the end of the 2014-15 season in January 2012. Ma is currently fulfilling his second term in this role by providing musical leadership and guidance for the CSOA’s Institute for Learning, Access and Training and the CSO’s Citizen Musician initiative, which encourages musicians and music lovers to sustain and expand the role of music in civic and cultural life by creating and enhancing communities through music.
In 1998, he established the Silk Road Project to promote the study of the cultural, artistic and intellectual traditions along the ancient Silk Road trade route. In the 2006-07 season, partnering with the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the City of Chicago, the Project presented Silk Road Chicago, a citywide exploration of the artistic legacy of the Silk Road. In 2009-10, the Silk Road Project introduced, Silk Road Connect, a multidisciplinary educational initiative for New York City middle-school students.

About Fay Hartog- Levin

Fay Hartog-Levin, an accomplished attorney and the 65th United States Ambassador to the Netherlands, will receive Arts Alliance Illinois’ first “Citizen Advocate” Award for her demonstrated dedication to the vital place for the arts in civic life and policy. A strong advocate for the arts, Hartog-Levin served on Arts Alliance Illinois’ Board of Directors 1997-2009, and as its Chairman 2006-2008. In addition to her term as Ambassador and many other appointments, Hartog-Levin’s commitment to culture and community is evident in her current role as Senior Advisor to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
Ticket, Table and Sponsorship Information
Sponsorship packages for tables of 10 guests begin at the $3,500 level. Individual tickets are $350 and $150. Reservations are strictly limited.  For information or to purchase tickets, tables or sponsorships, visit www.artsalliance.org/luncheon or call 312.855.3105 x12.

About Arts Alliance Illinois

Arts Alliance Illinois is the state’s leading voice for the arts and arts education, uniquely combining advocacy, service, and information to advance a creative and culturally vibrant state.

State Board officials to testify before the Senate Appropriations for Elementary and Secondary Education Committee

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ISBE advocating for full General State Aid funding  as required under Illinois law


SPRINGFIELD, IL– State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch and Board Chairman Gery (pronounced Gary) J. Chico will testify before the Senate Appropriations for Elementary and Secondary Education Committee at 8 a.m. Friday at the Statehouse in Springfield.

 The committee, chaired by State Sen. Dan Kotowski, will discuss the State Board’s Fiscal Year 2014 Budget recommendation, which aims to fully fund General State Aid at the level set in Illinois law by the legislature. The hearing will be broadcast live at the Illinois General Assembly’s website at: www.ilga.gov

State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch and Board Chairman Gery J. Chico will testify on the Board’s FY14 Budget Recommendation, Friday, April 12, 2013 at 8 a.m., in Room 212.

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