Illinois Arts Council
(Appropriated Spending in Thousands)
|Arts and Cultural
|Arts and Foreign Language
|Public Radio and Television (PRTV)
|Personnel and Technical Resources
Totals may not add due to rounding.
Created as a state agency by the Illinois General Assembly in 1965, the Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA) is governed by up to 21private citizens, appointed by the Governor, selected for their demonstrated commitment to the arts, and serving in a non-paid capacity.The IACA mission is to build a strong, creative, and connected Illinois through the arts. The Agency improves economic vitality and quality of life in Illinois by investing in the nonprofit arts sector, advancing arts education, promoting an encouraging atmosphere for creative artists to live and work, and providing catalytic support to build strong arts communities.
Strategy and Implementation: ACA programs, partnerships, and collaborative efforts achieve benefits of widespread and unique value to the people of Illinois through the following fiscal year 2018 program areas:
• Arts Education: Ensure that individuals of all ages and skill levels have the opportunity to develop artistic skills to reach their full potential and are able to develop career skills to meet the demands of an evolving economy.
• Creative Sector: Invest in Illinois’ individual artists, not-for-profit organizations, educational institutions, and municipalities for the production and presentation of high-quality public arts programming, thereby providing stability, ensuring cultural vitality, and spurring economic growth.
• Underserved Sector: Equalize opportunities for communities in which individuals lack access to arts programs due to geography, economic conditions, ethnic background, age, or disability.
• Arts and Foreign Language: Support the planning and implementation for the initiation, expansion, and improvement of instructions in arts and foreign language education in schools.
• Arts and Culture: Increase general knowledge, opportunities and access in the areas of arts, education, and culture for the citizens of the State of Illinois.
• Illinois Humanities: Strengthen the social, political, and economic fabric of Illinois through constructive conversation and community engagement.
• Public Radio and Television: Offer Illinois the highest quality news, well-designed and researched children’s programming, and award-winning cultural and educational programs that reflect the best of the nation.
• Personnel and Technical Resources: Continuously improve IACA work processes and practices to increase effectiveness, efficiency, quality, equity, and openness in the provision of all technical resources, information, service, and funds benefiting Illinoisans statewide.
During the budget impasse, IACA only implemented a limited number of programs, with priority placed on those that would advance IACA guiding principles and meet the priority for federal funding. Resources were directed to arts education activities, underserved communities, and the implementation of IACA’s National Endowment for the Arts Folk and Traditional Arts award.
In fiscal year 2018, IACA was able to reinstate programs that had been put on hiatus during the impasse. This includes Artstour and Live Music, Individual Artist Support, StArts, and the Arts and Foreign Language Education Program.
In fiscal year 2018, IACA has continued to demonstrate its commitment to the arts and was able to strengthen and connect many key Illinois artists and arts organizations. IACA measures its impact through the Budgeting for Results (BRF) principles that "strengthen cultural and environmental vitality". IACA continues to reach all parts of the state with critical support for the arts, thereby growing Illinois’ economy.