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New initiative seeks to support artists and designers in Illinois

on Tuesday,January 12,2010 21:01

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One of the most trying and difficult tasks for emerging artists and designers is securing funding without a corporate sponsor. Many architects, sculptors and painters have been forced to abandon their dreams due to a lack of funding on their seminal works. In an effort to inspire the art community in the Land of Lincoln, the Illinois Arts Council has announced a new program that will help struggling designers establish themselves in a fiercely competitive job market.

The Individual Artist Support Initiative was created to help artists within the Prairie State realize career goals, take advantage of professional opportunities and produce bodies of work for the public at large.

Applicants will be divided in two tracks, one that focuses on professional development skills that will allow designers to pursue their career, while an alternate project track allows artists the freedom to explore more personal projects.

The initiative was created in response to the cancellation of the council''s previous support projects like the Artists Fellowship and the Ethnic and Folk Arts Master/Apprenticeship program.

"The Illinois Arts Council recognizes that individual artists are the keystone to the creation of art," says the council''s Executive Director Terry A. Scrogum. "The council remains committed to individual artists despite diminishing resources."

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