Voices of a Creative State 2016

Friday, June 10, 2016
The Fairmont Chicago, 200 N. Columbus Drive
11:15 a.m. Networking Reception
Noon - 1:30 p.m. Luncheon

Voices of a Creative State 2016
On June 10, 2016, nearly 500 of Illinois' cultural, civic, and corporate leaders will gather at the Fairmont Chicago for Arts Alliance Illinois' 4th annual benefit luncheon to celebrate the arts and participate in an engaging dialogue on policy and the role of the arts and creativity in the civic life of Illinois.


The centerpiece of the luncheon will be a discussion featuring director/producer Kirsten Kelly and Roque Sanchez of The Homestretch, an award-winning documentary about youth homelessness and the power of the arts to address crucial social issues. 

We will also honor Jim and Kay Mabie with the Alliance’s “Citizen Advocate” award, which recognizes individuals whose vision and civic leadership provide visibility to the value of the arts.

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Sponsors (in formation)

Premier Sponsor
Allstate logo

Benefit Sponsors

 William Blair logo
Susan and Richard Kiphart
Ambassador Fay Hartog-Levin (Ret.) and Daniel Levin
Jim and Kay Mabie

Patron Sponsor
BMO Harris Bank
Chicago Dancemakers Forum
Choose Chicago
John Shea

Partner Sponsors
Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Chicago Zoological Society / Brookfield Zoo
Kassie Davis
Goodman Theatre
Irving Harris Foundation on behalf of Joan Harris in honor of Jim and Kay Mabie
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Larry Suffredin

Committee (in formation)

Benefit Co-Chairs
Ambassador Fay Hartog-Levin (Ret.) and Daniel Levin
Susan and Richard Kiphart
Julie and Daniel Schmidt
David Woolwine

Benefit Committee
Melissa Cherry
Ginger Farley
Dr. Kwang-Wu Kim
John Shea
Paul Sznewajs
Diane Whatton

Event Planning Committee Chair 
Brooke Flanagan

Event Planning Committee
Janet Carl Smith
Kassie Davis
Rena Henderson Mason
Ginger Farley
Duffy Farrell
José Ochoa
Julie Schmidt
Scott Silberstein
Camille Wilson White