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What You Need To Know About Ebola: President Obama Weekly Address

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WASHINGTON, DC — In this week’s address, the President discussed what the United States is doing to respond to Ebola, both here at home and abroad, and the key facts Americans need to know.  There is no country better prepared to confront the challenge Ebola poses than the U.S. and although even one case here at home is too many, the country is not facing an outbreak of the disease.  Our medical professionals tell us Ebola is difficult to catch, and is only transmitted through direct contact with the bodily fluids of someone who is showing symptoms.  The President made clear that he and his entire administration will continue to do everything possible to prevent further transmission of the disease domestically, and to contain and end the Ebola epidemic at its source in West Africa.

The audio of the address and video of the address will be available online at www.whitehouse.gov at 6:00 a.m. ET, October 18, 2014.

Remarks of President Barack Obama
Weekly Address
The White House
October 18, 2014

Today, I want to take a few minutes to speak with you-directly and clearly-about Ebola: what we’re doing about it, and what you need to know.  Because meeting a public health challenge like this isn’t just a job for government.  All of us-citizens, leaders, the media-have a responsibility and a role to play.  This is a serious disease, but we can’t give in to hysteria or fear-because that only makes it harder to get people the accurate information they need.  We have to be guided by the science.  We have to remember the basic facts.

First, what we’re seeing now is not an “outbreak” or an “epidemic” of Ebola in America.  We’re a nation of more than 300 million people.  To date, we’ve seen three cases of Ebola diagnosed here-the man who contracted the disease in Liberia, came here and sadly died; the two courageous nurses who were infected while they were treating him.  Our thoughts and our prayers are with them, and we’re doing everything we can to give them the best care possible.  Now, even one infection is too many.  At the same time, we have to keep this in perspective.  As our public health experts point out, every year thousands of Americans die from the flu.

Second, Ebola is actually a difficult disease to catch.  It’s not transmitted through the air like the flu.  You cannot get it from just riding on a plane or a bus.  The only way that a person can contract the disease is by coming into direct contact with the bodily fluids of somebody who is already showing symptoms.  I’ve met and hugged some of the doctors and nurses who’ve treated Ebola patients.  I’ve met with an Ebola patient who recovered, right in the Oval Office.  And I’m fine.

Third, we know how to fight this disease.  We know the protocols.  And we know that when they’re followed, they work.  So far, five Americans who got infected with Ebola in West Africa have been brought back to the United States-and all five have been treated safely, without infecting healthcare workers.

And this week, at my direction, we’re stepping up our efforts.  Additional CDC personnel are on the scene in Dallas and Cleveland.  We’re working quickly to track and monitor anyone who may have been in close contact with someone showing symptoms.  We’re sharing lessons learned so other hospitals don’t repeat the mistakes that happened in Dallas.  The CDC’s new Ebola rapid response teams will deploy quickly to help hospitals implement the right protocols.  New screening measures are now in place at airports that receive nearly all passengers arriving from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.  And we’ll continue to constantly review our measures, and update them as needed, to make sure we’re doing everything we can to keep Americans safe.

Finally, we can’t just cut ourselves off from West Africa, where this disease is raging.  Our medical experts tell us that the best way to stop this disease is to stop it at its source-before it spreads even wider and becomes even more difficult to contain.  Trying to seal off an entire region of the world-if that were even possible-could actually make the situation worse.  It would make it harder to move health workers and supplies back and forth.  Experience shows that it could also cause people in the affected region to change their travel, to evade screening, and make the disease even harder to track.

So the United States will continue to help lead the global response in West Africa.  Because if we want to protect Americans from Ebola here at home, we have to end it over there.  And as our civilian and military personnel serve in the region, their safety and health will remain a top priority.

As I’ve said before, fighting this disease will take time.  Before this is over, we may see more isolated cases here in America.  But we know how to wage this fight.  And if we take the steps that are necessary, if we’re guided by the science-the facts, not fear-then I am absolutely confident that we can prevent a serious outbreak here in the United States, and we can continue to lead the world in this urgent effort.

Kirk Calls for Travel and Visa Ban for Ebola-Affected Nations

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150 Passengers From Affected Nations Enter U.S. Daily Through Five Major Airports, Including O’Hare

Kirk Reviewed O’Hare’s Screening Procedures & Protocol Today with Health Officials

CHICAGO, IL – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.)  called on Secretary of State John Kerry to issue a travel and visa issue ban on those attempting to travel from the three Ebola-affected countries in Africa – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – in order to prevent further infection and a potential outbreak in the United States. Kirk toured Chicago O’Hare International Airport’s designated Ebola screening area with leaders from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in order to review the procedures that are in place in the event an Ebola-infected patient arrives in Illinois. O’Hare was designated as one of the five U.S. airports that will be required to screen passengers as they arrive in the U.S. from Ebola-affected countries. Senator Kirk has also contacted HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell and expressed concern that the coordination between the CDC and Illinois health care personnel is inadequate, which would put countless lives in danger if a patient showing signs of Ebola needed immediate medical attention.

“Americans aren’t confident that the CDC is ahead of this ebola threat. U.S. visas from Africa’s three affected countries need to be immediately halted,” Senator Kirk said. “O’Hare’s first responders and our area hospitals need better coordination from HHS in the event an infected patient arrives in Illinois. Preparedness and travel restrictions will give some overdue peace of mind.”

Senator Kirk  announced that the Illinois-based Isovac is donating a personal containment chamber to the Chicago Fire Department, part of O’Hare’s first responder team. The chamber which will protect those who are tasked with caring for and transporting a potential Ebola patient to the nearest hospital or quarantine unit for medical attention. Originally developed to protect U.S. troops from biochemical weapons in Iraq and Afghanistan, the PIU has since been shipped to members of the U.S. Air Force and NATO personnel stationed in the Azores Islands to preempt any type of patient evacuation or transport if the disease is contracted. Additional units have been sent to Scott Air Force Base for use by the 375th Air Mobility Wing. If utilized, following an individual’s Ebola diagnosis, medical personnel would place the individual into the 7-foot-long containment chamber and begin the process of hooking them up to various IVs and oxygen supplies. The chamber is fully equipped with an air filtration system, attached medical gloves and IV pouches. Due to the infectious nature of the Ebola virus, those who are caring for infected individuals are at a high risk of contracting the illness through direct contact with mucous membranes or broken skin. While in the PIU, the infected person is then completely contained and poses no threat to those caring for the individual en route to a medical center or hospital. This chamber is FDA-cleared.

Following the death of Thomas Duncan in Dallas, Texas, and the infection of two health care workers who had come in contact with Duncan, it was announced that five major U.S. airports will be responsible for screening patients in order to prevent any further infection within the U.S. In addition to O’Hare, the other airports conducting screenings are John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Newark International Airport in New Jersey, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International in Georgia, and Washington-Dulles International Airport in Virginia. These five airports receive an estimated 150 passengers per day and represent approximately 94 percent of travelers from the affected regions. Senator Kirk expressed concern to Secretary Burwell that the current Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which determines the local hospital where patients would be sent in the event of a potential Ebola infection, emphasizes proximity to O’Hare instead of the chosen hospital’s preparedness, bioterror infrastructure and capability. A copy of the letter can be seen here.

NAACP Announces Partnership with Prominent African American Fraternal Organizations

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Baltimore, MD -  The NAACP will collaborate with the Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles Mystic Shrine of North and South America and Its Jurisdictions Inc. (AEAONMS), the Daughters of Isis, Auxiliary to the AEAONMS on a series of webinar and offline trainings, informing people of color the risk factors behind cardiovascular disease, HIV/AIDS as well as encouraging civic engagement and a wider participation in the NAACP through membership.

The Conference of Grand Masters, Prince Hall Masons Inc. (COGM) will collaborate with the NAACP on civic engagement campaigns including GOTV programs, advocacy against voter suppression and supportive work with the NAACP Washington Bureau.  The Prince Hall Masons have had a historical relationship with the NAACP—dating back to the 1900s.  The stated purpose is to join together to fight the ongoing assault against the poor, people of color and the right to vote for all Americans.

Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman the National Board of Directors, NAACP: I am pleased that the NAACP has solidified this relationship with these esteemed African American Fraternal organizations to support health initiatives and the fundamental right to vote.  We do our best work when community organizations join together to fight for what’s right.  This is not a new a relationship—these organizations have supported the NAACP since our beginnings.

Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO, NAACP: The right to vote is the north star in the constellation of American civil rights—these historic African American fraternal organizations and the NAACP, have long worked together to insure this star is neither dimmed by voter suppression nor darkened by disenfranchisement.  We welcome this historic collaboration at a moment when for the first time in a generation, Americans are unprotected by the Voting Rights Act.  After the Affordable Care Act, this historic collaboration for health is vital.

Silicon Valley’s Myth About Minority Workers

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By Jeremy White
President and Founder of DiverseTech

I am the president and founder of DiverseTech, an effort aiming to increase diversity within the high-tech industry through collaborations with industry leaders, experts and key organizations within the field.

DiverseTech grew out of a troubling reality: that Google and other Silicon Valley companies have a terrible record when it comes to hiring African Americans, Hispanics and women. Instead, companies like Google have become segregated enclaves that are largely white, male and Asian. The disturbing hiring patterns of Silicon Valley companies only recently came to light. That is because many of these companies refused to make their hiring practices public until members of the civil rights community pressured them into doing so.

Silicon Valley’s diversity problems have major implications for our society. Given that the tech industry is one of the fastest growing sectors of the American economy, African Americans and Hispanics are at risk of being left behind — at a time when unemployment among these two groups remains higher than the national average. In its own defense, Silicon Valley has argued that it is difficult to find enough qualified minorities to hire for jobs in the tech industry. But now comes powerful, new data that undercuts that contention.

Earlier this week, USA Today published a startling report, “Tech jobs: Minorities have degrees, but don’t get hired”, pointing out that major universities produce African-American and Hispanic computer science and computer engineering graduates at twice the rate that top companies in the high-tech industry hire these graduates. This is happening at a time when African Americans are receiving 4.5 percent of computer science or engineering degrees, and Hispanics 6.5 percent, while Google and six other Silicon Valley companies have staffs of technology workers that are, on average, 2 percent black and 3 percent Hispanic, the newspaper reports.

I urge you to take a few minutes to read this article and join our effort to bring attention to this problem and to persuade Google and other Silicon Valley companies to engage with minority industry leaders for guidance on how to best overhaul the tech industry’s troubling hiring practices.


Jeremy White

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19,300 Jobs Push Illinois Unemployment Down to 6.6 Percent

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300,700 Private Jobs Added Since Feb. 2010 Recovery Date

CHICAGO, IL – The Illinois unemployment rate fell in September for the seventh consecutive month to reach 6.6 percent while employers created +19,300 jobs, according to preliminary data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security. The data is seasonally adjusted.

The drop from 9.1 percent one year ago marks, for the second consecutive month, the largest year-over-year decline since 1984. The last time the rate was lower than 6.6 percent was in June 2008 when it was 6.3 percent. Also, there are +69,000 more jobs than one year ago.

“Unemployment rates continue to fall because private-sector employers are averaging more than 5,400 new jobs each month since the Illinois economy began to improve,” IDES Director Jay Rowell said. “Meanwhile, help wanted ads for full-time work continue to grow and indicate employers expect their need for more workers to remain strong.”

September job growth was led by Trade, Transportation and Utilities (+6,500), Professional and Business Services (+6,000), and Other Services (+5,500). Manufacturing (-2,800), and Leisure and Hospitality payrolls (‑1,100) declined.

Employers added +300,700 private sector jobs since job creation returned to Illinois in February 2010. Leading sectors are Professional and Business Services (+126,800); Education and Health Services (+60,900); Trade, Transportation and Utilities (+56,100); and Leisure and Hospitality (+36,200). Government remains the job‑loss leader, shedding -21,500 positions during the same period.

The unemployment rate also is in line with other economic indicators. First-time jobless claims have been trending lower for the past four years and in September the number of monthly claims was at its lowest level since 2000. Numbers from the independent Conference Board’s Help Wanted OnLine Index show that Illinois employers in September advertised for nearly 212,000 jobs and 85 percent sought full-time work.

To apply for these jobs, go to Illinoisjoblink.com, the state’s help wanted internet job board managed by IDES. Illinoisjoblink.com features Resume Builder and Resunate. Resume Builder provides step-by-step instructions to create an effective resume which is immediately matched to existing help wanted ads seeking those skills. Resunate scores the resume against a specific help wanted ad and offers suggestions on how to improve the resume before applying for the job. Resunate is freely available to anyone when accessed from an IllinoisJobLink.com account, regardless of employment status or eligibility for unemployment insurance.

The unemployment rate identifies those who are out of work and seeking employment. A person who exhausts benefits, or is ineligible, still will be reflected in the unemployment rate if they actively seek work. Historically, the national unemployment rate is lower than the state rate. The state rate has been lower than the national rate only six times since January 2000. This includes periods of economic expansion and contraction.

Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates

Illinois Seasonally Adjusted Non-farm Jobs – by Major Industry


  • Illinois monthly labor force, unemployed and unemployment rates for years 2009-2013 have been revised as required by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In February of each year, monthly labor force data for all states are revised to reflect updated sum-of-states controls, Census population controls, seasonal factors, non-farm jobs and unemployment insurance claims inputs. Data were also smoothed to eliminate large monthly changes as a result of volatility in the monthly household (CPS) survey. Comments and tables distributed in prior Illinois unemployment rate news release materials should be discarded because any analysis, including records, previously cited might no longer be valid.
  • Seasonally adjusted employment data for subsectors within industries are not available.  For not seasonally adjusted jobs data with greater industry detail, go to http://www.ides.illinois.gov/LMI/CurrentEmploymentStatstics/I_SA_CES_Illinois_Jobs_2000_to_Current.xls “Other Services” includes a wide range of activities in three broad categories: Personal and laundry; repair and maintenance; and religious, grant making, civic and professional organizations.
  • Monthly seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for Illinois and the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet Metropolitan Division are available at: http://www.ides.illinois.gov/LMI/Pages/Illnois_Chicago_Metropolitan_Area_Unemployment_Rates.aspx

Civil Rights Movement Knocks on the Door of the FCC

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By Marc Morial

President & CEO, National Urban League

In the decades-long struggle for civil rights, the movement has focused on different Washington institutions, from Congress to the White House to the Supreme Court. Now, part of the battle has moved to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

The critical question facing the FCC is how to preserve the open Internet while continuing to expand opportunity and bring the transformative benefits of broadband technology to all Americans, including communities of color. Today, there are no binding rules requiring the broadband industry to keep the Internet open and free, making it critical for the FCC to act quickly.

The digital divide is still too large in this country – but we will not close it by adopting obsolete utility rules that have never previously equalized service or economic opportunity for communities of color. Instead, we need the Internet to keep growing, getting faster and reaching more Americans.

This issue is bigger than the ordinary give and take of party politics. It’s the next great chapter in our unceasing struggle for full citizenship – offline and on. All communities deserve a vibrant, growing, and open Internet – and we must ensure that we take the right approach today.

Read the full column as published on Wednesday, Oct. 15 in The Hill.

Fathers Incorporated Announces its 10th Anniversary Gala: Celebrating 10 Years of Building Better Fathers

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Judge Greg Mathis Will Serve As Keynote Speaker; Tracy Martin (Father Of Trayvon) Among Awardees

Judge Greg Mathis, presiding jurist of the nationally syndicated, reality-based court show “Judge Mathis,” will serve as the Keynote Speaker at Fathers Incorporated’s 10th Annual Fundraising Gala to be held on November 18, 2014, at the Alhambra Ballroom, Harlem, New York, 6:30 p.m. 9:30 p.m. For more information, tickets and sponsorship please visit www.fathersincgala.com

Kenneth Braswell

New York, NY (BlackNews.com) — On Tuesday, November 18th many of the most committed and influential agents of change across the country will come together to join Fathers Incorporated in celebrating a decade of working to build better fathers by strengthening communities and family infrastructure. Terrie Williams, President of the Terrie Williams Agency and author of Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting, will serve as the Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening’s festivities.

“This year’s gala represents a major milestone for us at Fathers Incorporated. We have a significant story to tell about our humble beginnings from a small nonprofit founded in Albany, NY to a seasoned national fatherhood organization that serves as a leader in the promotion of Responsible Fatherhood and Mentoring in addition to the management of President Obama’s National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse. We have grown and produced impacts by using innovative social marketing and multi-media platforms, developing research-based products for the field, engaging in intensive outreach, and connecting key stakeholders–all serving to combat father absence in society and help support fathers in their role as parents,” says Braswell.

According to Shawn Dove, Manager of the Open Society Foundations’ Campaign for Black Male Achievement, “We are fortunate to have Fathers Incorporated as our friend and partner. Fathers Incorporated believes that the presence or absence of one’s father shapes the way that children view the world and develop. It believes in the family, the importance of fathers for children to thrive, and the importance of supporting men in families to continue to create positive changes in our communities. CBMA applauds the work of Fathers Incorporated and its contributions to the field of fatherhood. November 18th will be a special opportunity to separate its accomplishments and help increase support for the mission of Fathers Incorporated.”

In addition to celebrating Fathers Incorporated’s anniversary and accomplishments, a portion of the Gala will be devoted to honoring the partners who have worked with the organization over this past year to make a difference in the lives of fathers and families. 2014 Fathers Incorporated Honorees:

* Tracy Martin – The father of Trayvon Martin, who has encouraged a nation of Black fathers by example to be available for our children in the best and worst of life’s situations.

* Purple R.E.I.G.N. Under the leadership of Founder and DV survivor Asia D. Smith, this Domestic Violence agency has addressed the tragic effects of DV for women, men, and children.

* Black Star Project Founder and Executive Director, Phillip Jackson engages over 700 cities and thousands of schools across the globe to celebrate the Million Father March–encouraging fathers to engage in educational childhood development.

* Judge Greg Mathis Judge Mathis is a national figure known for his advocacy campaigns for equal justice. His inspirational life story of a street youth who rose from jail to Judge has provided hope to millions who watch him on the award-winning television court show “Judge Mathis” each day.

* Cbabi Bayoc - Cbabi (stands for “Creative Black Artist Battling Ignorance”) Bayoc is an artist dedicated to using his craft to promote positive images of fatherhood, including his creation of 365 Days with Dad–paintings depicting inspirational portraits of Black fathers and their children.

* Dove Men+Care – Since the launch of the brand in 2010, Dove Men+Care has been committed to celebrating and authentically portraying and honoring fathers, coaches, and male mentors.
The mission of Fathers Incorporated is to encourage the positive involvement of father’s in the lives of children. If you agree, please join them to make a difference! Tickets and Gala Journal Ads are on sale now (early bird rates end 10/22).

The organization says, “With your support, we can continue to make a significant contribution to the work of Responsible Fatherhood and Mentoring!”

To learn more about Fathers Incorporated, purchase tickets, or make a donation, please visit www.fathersincgala.com.

Photo: Kenneth Braswell; Executive Director, Fathers Incorporated

Illinois Department of Public Health Provides Update on State’s Preparedness Efforts for Ebola

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Governor Quinn Directs Agency to Assemble Ebola Preparedness Task Force, Announces Informational Hotline and Website

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, joined by local health department, hospital, health care and emergency response officials, held a media briefing today to update the public about Ebola preparedness efforts in Illinois.

“Governor Quinn has directed the Illinois Department of Public Health to take every step necessary to ensure that Illinois’ hospitals, health care workers and residents are safe and prepared in the event of a confirmed Ebola case,” Dr. Hasbrouck said.  “Information and education are the best ways to protect yourself, which is why we’ve activated the Ebola hotline and website.

“At the Governor’s direction, we are also assembling an Ebola task force made up of medical, health care, emergency response and state officials to further strengthen our ability to respond to Ebola.”

Illinois residents with questions about Ebola can call the Ebola hotline at 800-889-3931 or visit www.ebola.illinois.gov.

Governor Quinn has directed IDPH to assemble a task force to ensure residents and hospitals across the state are informed and prepared to address Ebola.  The full task force will be announced shortly.

While any hospital in Illinois that follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) infections control recommendations and can isolate a patient in a private room can care for a patient, a designated hospital will have staff with Ebola-specific training.

The CDC recently designated Illinois as one of the few states able to perform Ebola testing.  The IDPH laboratory has received the reagents (testing supplies) and IDPH is in the process of validating the test and training staff to perform it.

CDC will require IDPH to consult on every specimen that is submitted to determine if testing is authorized.  Once CDC authorizes testing, one sample will be tested at IDPH and the other will be sent to CDC for confirmatory testing.

To date, there have been no persons in Illinois showing any symptoms that have warranted Ebola testing.  We will continue to communicate with the public and will report any situation that involves testing for Ebola.

Handling disease outbreaks is a core public health function and the state is prepared to conduct surveillance for possible cases, implement infection control measures, support medical facilities, perform contact tracing and assist with laboratory testing.  IDPH will continue to work with the CDC, local health departments, hospitals and medical facilities.

Preparedness steps IDPH has taken to prepare for a suspect or confirmed Ebola case in Illinois:

  • Provided guidance on laboratory specimen submission and case management.
  • Tested established public health systems to ensure contact tracing is readily available.
  • Created a Web portal with information for IDPH health care partners.
  • Established an Ebola hotline.
  • Completed a CDC online assessment of our emergency preparedness and response activities related to Ebola.
  • Participated in national Ebola-related teleconferences.

IDPH will continue to provide all updated CDC guidance through SIREN (State of Illinois Rapid Electronic Notification) to appropriate audiences (infection control professionals, infectious disease physicians, laboratories, local health departments, health care providers, health care facilities, EMS systems).

Cultural Grants Program; Polish-English Application Assistance Workshop

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The mission of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is to enrich Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. To support this overarching mission, the Cultural Grants Program’s goal is to serve as a catalyst to foster a robust, healthy arts community where artists, nonprofit arts and culture organizations and creative industries thrive.

DCASE provides more than $1.7 million annually in direct funding for Chicago’s arts community through this program which is designed to reach artists and nonprofit arts organizations across the City of Chicago. Grants provide operating funds for nonprofit arts and culture organizations, as well as project-specific funding for individual artists and creative professionals to make artistic work or engage in professional development activities. Grants are awarded through a competitive panel review process.

2014 Cultural Grants Programs

Individual Artists Program (IAP):

The goal of IAP is to discover, nurture, and expand Chicago’s artists and creative professionals. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois arts Council, a state agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. DCASE will accept applications from Chicago-based artists over 18 years of age, at all career levels and working across numerous disciplines.  The 2015 IAP includes two different programs for project-based support: (1) focused on supporting creative projects, (2) focused on supporting unique, high-quality professional development opportunities for artists and creatives.  Applications for both are due in December 2014.

The goal of CityArts is to encourage the attainment of artistic excellence and financial stability through general operating support for Chicago-based 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organizations. Through this program, DCASE provides one-year general operating support grants to arts organization with vibrant artistic or cultural programming. General operating support funds may be used for artistic, administrative and/or program activities. Applications are due in January 2015.

Workshop Information

In advance of the upcoming application deadlines for 2015, DCASE and the Lira Ensemble will provide a free workshop to provide more information on the grant application and review process and to allow applicants for all DCASE Cultural Grants Program applicants (both artists and non-profit entities) to ask questions pertaining to proposed projects/applications. All information will be provided in English and Polish.

Thursday, November 13, 2014 – 5:30pm-7:00pm

78 East Washington, 1ST Floor Garland Room

Chicago, Illinois 60602

The workshop is FREE for all, but attendees are requested to pre-register in advance.

To register and for questions, please contact the Lira Office at: 773-508-7040

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