Illinois Wesleyan University’s School of Music in Bloomington will be using grant monies awarded by the Illinois Arts Council to support expanded programming, with a focus on community outreach.
“The funding allows the School of Music to have a great artistic presence in the community and makes quality programming available for individuals and families in the region,” said Victoria Folse, Interim Director of the School of Music.
The $14,700 grant will fund events such as: The Jazz Festival (Feb. 2); Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday Gospel Festival (Feb. 18), Chamber Music Festival (July 7-27), Children’s Opera Tour, the Illinois Wesleyan Symphony Orchestra and the Fall Choral Concert.
The grant allows the school to expand these events. For instance, the Jazz Fest has added two community concerts to the lineup, and the Gospel Festival will host group The Fantastic Jones Family, all thanks to the additional funding.