The Oak Park Area Arts Council Announces Recipients of ArtsFunds 2016

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The Oak Park Area Arts Council (OPAAC) is proud to announce the recipients of the 2016 ArtsFunds grant awards.  The Arts Council will award $34,000 to 28 501(c)(3) not for profit organizations for their varied, artful and needed programming. Organizations were announced at the OPAAC Annual meeting held on March 22, 2016 at Pleasant Home.

The following organizations will receive grants this year: 16th Street Theatre, Bella Voce, Chicago a capella, Chicago West Community Music Center, Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park, Expression Graphics, Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, Handel Week, Heritage Chorale, Illinois Storytelling Inc., Madison Street Theatre, Michael Teolis Singers, MOMENTA Performing Arts Center, Oak Park Art League, Oak Park Concert Chorale, Oak Park Education Foundation/Art Start, Oak Park Festival Theatre, Open Door Repertory Company, The Oriana Singers, PING!, Pleasant Home Foundation, Pro Musica Youth Chorus, Senior Citizens' Center of Oak Park & River Forest, Steckman Studio of Music, Symphony of Oak Park & River Forest, UCP Seguin, Winifred Haun & Dancers, Wonder Works Children's Museum of Oak Park.

The OPAAC is honored to partner with the Community Bank of Oak Park & River Forest (CBOPRF) for their sponsorship of the Best in Class Awards. This year, the CBOPRF Best in Class Awards were presented to ArtsFunds recipients for being the best in Resilience, Reinvention, and Wonder! Frank Frigo, Marketing Officer of CBOPRF, presented each organization with a $1,000 award. The three organizations selected this year were: Oak Park Art League, Oak Park Festival Theatre, and PING!.

2016 ArtsFunds panel members were: William Wallace-Chair, OPAAC Board Treasurer; Sarita Smith Childs, OPAAC Board Member, Anita Alexander, Marva Anderson, Deepa Gupta, and John Milan.

The Oak Park Area Arts Council (OPAAC) is a not for profit local arts council that is partially funded by grants from the Illinois Arts Council agency, the Village of Oak Park, and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Contact: Camille Wilson White, 708.358.5692

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