For the second time, Arts Quincy has been awarded the 2023 Better Business Bureau Torch Award. The program recognizes commitment to the highest level of nonprofit ethics and accountability.
“Today’s donors are very savvy and want to make sure that every single dollar they contribute to a local nonprofit is making the biggest impact that it can. Having a Better Business Bureau certification lets our donors know at a glance that our ethical standards in both governance and fiscal accountability have been independently verified and that they can be confident that their contribution will be making a difference and expanding arts access right here where they live,” explains Laura Sievert, Arts Quincy Executive Director.
Whether it’s doodling to get his mind off his anxiety and focus more in class, stress relief after a rough week or just for fun, art is a very important part of Noah Douglas’s life.
In a powerful testament to the transformative impact of the arts, Unique Harmony, a dynamic traveling bell choir, is taking center stage as a beacon of self-expression and community engagement for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Comprising 30 talented individuals who attend Transitions’ Community Day Services, this ensemble has become a symbol of resilience and creativity.
Carefully placed overlooking Quinsippi Bay, the rustic structures of Quincy’s Log Cabin Village chronicle the life of early area settlers. A wild and untamed frontier attracted visionaries and the county began to grow. Part of the charm, the simple design of the Lincoln-era log cabins invokes the optimistic pioneer spirit; out of humble beginnings through our own determination there is possible greatness.
Quincy Artists Guild members will display their artwork from August 12th through the 19th at the Cheryl Loatsch Studio, 334 South 48th, Quincy, IL. Regular viewing hours will be from 10 am-4 pm. Monday through Friday, 10 am-2 pm on Saturdays (closed on Sunday). The exhibition is free and open to the public.
The artists have produced a wide variety of art, working with different media such as oils, watercolors and pastels. During the year the Guild members share with each other new techniques and demonstrations. There are over 200 pieces of art submitted along with handmade jewelry, greeting cards and bookmarks. New this year is a “cash and carry” option.
If you are an artist or have always wanted to be, the Quincy Artists Guild will welcome you to become a member and share the love of painting, sketching, print making, ceramics, jewelry and more! The Guild meets every Monday at 9 am. at the Cheryl Loatsch Studio, 334 South 48th, Quincy, IL. Membership is $30 a year. To learn more about the Quincy Artists Guild please call Carol Robbins, president, at 217-257-5269.
Arts Quincy is excited to present the 2023-2024 Community Arts Resource Guide. This is a catalog listing opportunities in the arts for teachers applying to receive Instant Arts Classroom Grants. For these Instant Arts Classroom Grants, K-6th grade teachers can apply for up to $150 to take their students on a field trip or bring a teaching artist into the classroom.
Arts Quincy is thrilled to announce the receipt of two substantial grants from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, the Partners in Excellence Grant and Community Arts Access Program. The grants total $74,000. These transformative funds will enable Arts Quincy to significantly broaden its scope and outreach, benefitting numerous students, including those in underserved rural areas. Additionally, the grants will facilitate the reinstatement of programs targeting veterans and senior populations which were temporarily suspended during the COVID crisis.
The generous grants from the Illinois Arts Council come as a boost to Arts Quincy’s mission of fostering creativity, arts education and community engagement throughout the region. The grants will play a pivotal role in expanding access to arts programs, enriching the lives of countless individuals and revitalizing the cultural landscape in Western Illinois.
Arts Quincy invites the community to a free family arts event at Jackson-Lincoln Swimming Complex on Tuesday, July 11 from 6-8 pm! The headline entertainment is Okra Dance Company from Chicago. A free barbeque dinner will be provided by Big Bros BBQ, through a sponsorship by Blessing Health System.
During the event families can visit arts organization booths for activities and to learn more about arts programming for kids. Participating organizations include the Quincy Children’s Museum, Quincy Public Library and The Art Center with a pottery wheel and air-dry clay. The evening’s opening act is The Beat Arts Academy at 6 pm, followed by the Okra Dance Company taking the stage at 6:30 pm.
Do you have a passion for food and history? Flavor Tours is the perfect marriage of the two in a community overflowing with culinary and cultural wonders! Pave your way to five eateries in Quincy’s downtown District, alongside your personal Food Ambassador, sharing colorful insights into the city’s past. You will visit Electric Fountain Brewing, Krazy Cakes, On the Rail Sports Bar & Grill, The Patio Restraurant, Tiramisu, Quincy Brewing Co. and Wicked Thyme Charcuterie.
Local chefs create seasonal brunch/lunch menus including house-made coffee, cocktails and beer. Your adventure includes a Farmers Market stroll in Washington Park and a stop at a boutique shop.
Arts Quincy, in partnership with the Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County and the Underground Railroad Museum at Dr. Richard Eells House, are pleased to present one of Illinois Humanities Council’s Road Scholars Connie Martin, MA on Saturday, June 17 at 11 am during the Juneteenth commemoration festivities. Juneteenth has been celebrated for 157 years, but was made a federal holiday in 2020.
Martin will present “Hidden Messages in Negro Spirituals on the Underground Railroad.” The free program will take place at the newly-renamed historic site: Underground Railroad Museum at the Dr. Richard Eells home located at 415 Jersey St. at 11 am on Saturday, June 17. Refreshments will be served.