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James J. Carlson Fine Art Scholarship

The James F. Carlson Fine Arts Scholarship is sponsored by the Community Arts Council of Kankakee County. This award provides at least one $250 Scholarship for deserving Kankakee County Area students to attend a summer arts camp in the field of dance, music, drama, visual art, creative writing or other fine arts discipline. The Scholarship is named in memory of the late James F. Carlson, a long-time Arts patron and Past-President of the Community Arts Council.


2015 CAC Scholarship Winner.

Winners of the 2014 CAC summer art camp scholarships are Kristine Fedderson of Grant Park and Alyssa Jacobucci of Manteno.  Kristine will attend CAC Kankakee Valley Piano Camp and Alyssa will attend the Music Camp at Eastern Illinois
University.  This CAC scholarship provides $300 to each winner to apply to their summer art camp tuition. 


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Congratulations to our 2013 
Community Arts Council Scholarship Winners!! Sydney Mongaraz, Kathereine Sheets,and Emilee Daniels from Bradley Bourbonnais Community High School will be attending a yearbook summer camp.

Grant Awarded to Train Artists for Management Roles

The Community Arts Council of Kankakee County is pleased to announce that the Community Foundation of Kankakee River Valley has awarded $2,000 to them for the implementation of Preparing Today’s Artist for Management Roles,  Profit and Non-Profit.   

This grant will allow the Community Arts Council to provide art students with practical experience in retail management, volunteer management, and event management.  All of these will be taught with a hands-on approach using the Arts Center and the events of the Community Arts Council as the base for the instruction.  Each student will learn the rudiments of managing a gallery, being on a committee, and planning an event.    

At the conclusion of the program, the artists will be able to use their skills to strengthen non-profits and organizations or establish a small business.  The arts in our community should be stronger as a result of this Community Foundation grant.

Project ARTE 2014

Project ARTE, designed to enhance migrant students' appreciation of , and exposure to, a broad spectrum of artistic genres, is bringing interactive performances and workshops by Illinois artists to migrant children and youth throughout the state during the summer of 2014.

-This Program is a collaborative effort among the Illinois Migrant Council (IMC), Illinois State Board of Education, and about ten Illinois school districts operating migrant education programs serving students from preschool to high school
- Targeted geographic areas include Beardstown, Cobden, Hoopeston, Kankakee, Mendota, Princeville, Rantoul, Rochelle, and Springfield
- Illinois artists who live in or close to theses migrant farm worker communities are encouraged to get involved. Past performances and workshops include storytelling, music and dance, ceramics, instrument building, painting murals, working with watercolors, and book making. New areas of artistic focus are most welcome!

Additional information for prospective artists:

- Presentations and workshops should stress active involvement of children
- Artists should be prepared to accommodate students' varying in levels of English language proficiency
- Artists should be available for the time period of mid-June through July and indicate those areas of the state to which they are willing to travel and their specific dates of availability
- Local migrant education program staff will select artists from a catalog completed by IMC and distributed to the sites in late spring.

For information about Project ARTE 2014 and an application form, please contact Maria Dominguez at (309) 385-1901 or email at 
*This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.