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Trust awards greatest number of grants in one year in its 19-year history

PERU, Ill. (Jan. 17, 2012) The Illinois Valley Fine Arts Trust (IVFAT) today awarded grants to 34 fine arts groups and community organizations in the tri-county areathe greatest number of grants in one year in its 19-year history.

IVFAT awarded $6,000 in grants to 15 full-time fine arts groups, including three art, seven music and five theatre nonprofits. IVFAT also awarded nearly $3,000 in grants to 19 community organizations for fine arts programming they will offer this year, including four libraries, two museums, four nonprofits and nine schools.

This is a banner year for fine arts programming in the Illinois Valley as well as a milestone for the Illinois Valley Fine Arts Trust, said Robert Willmot, IVFAT executive director.

The Trust awarded more grants this year than in any year since the first awards in 1995, he noted. In addition, we presented grants to 12 first-time awardees, and all of the performances and events funded by the Trust span the entire year and the Tri-County area.

We are so pleased that these grants will help 1,400 artists and 700 volunteers present artistic, musical and theatrical programming and events throughout the year for an estimated collective audience of 22,000 adults and youth in the Illinois Valley, Willmot said.

The 15 full-time fine arts organizations receiving grants include: Community Players of Streator, Covered Bridge Chorus, Hegeler Carus Foundation, Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Valley Youth Choir, Illinois Valley Youth Symphony, Maud Powell Celebration, Mendota Community theatre, Ottawa Art League, Ottawa Concert Association, Prairie Arts Council, Princeton Civil War Committee, Princeton theatre Group-Festival 56, Stage 212, and the Valley Carvers Association.

The 19 community organizations receiving grants include: Bureau County Historical Society, Girl Scouts of Central Illinois-La Salle County, Camp 56, La Moille Public School Friends of Music Department, La Salle County Historical Society, La Salle Public School Dist. 122, Ladd Community Consolidated School Dist. 94, Leepertown Community Consolidated School Dist. 175, Lostant Community Library, LP Choral Festival, Marquette Academy, Marseilles Elementary School, North Central Illinois Artworks, Oglesby Washington School, Princeton Community Band, Princeton Public Library, Richard A. Mautino Memorial Library, Streator Public Library-Friends of the Library, and Washington School, Peru.