Voices of a Creative State 2014

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tarell and kipharts

Nearly 500 of Illinois' cultural, civic, and corporate leaders will gather at Arts Alliance Illinois' 2nd 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 presentation by acclaimed playwright, Steppenwolf Theatre Ensemble member, and 2013 MacArthur Fellow Tarell Alvin McCraney on the powerful role that the arts can and should play in the civic life of Illinois. We will also honor Richard and Susan Kiphart with our “Citizen Advocate” award, which recognizes individuals whose vision and civic leadership provide heightened visibility to the value of the arts.

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In honor of our Voices of a Creative State benefit luncheon, The Sun Times Foundation / The Chicago Community Trust will match donations up to a total of $5,000.

Up to $1,000 can be matched per individual donation. Please donate now to double your support for Arts Alliance Illinois!

All proceeds from the event will go toward our work to advance widespread support for the arts and arts education throughout the state.

Benefit SponsorsAllstate logo
Sylvia Neil and Dan Fischel
Alexandra and John Nichols
Ken and Jane Pigott

Honorary Co-Chairs
Governor Pat Quinn
Mayor Rahm Emanuel
Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky
Congressman Aaron Schock

Ambassador Fay Hartog-Levin (Ret.)
David Hawkanson


Patron Sponsors
BMO Harris Bank
Choose Chicago
GCM Grosvenor
Helen Zell
Julie and Roger Baskes
The Sun Times Foundation /
The Chicago Community Trust
William Blair & Company
Benefit Committee
Sylvia Neil, Co-Chair
Ken Pigott, Co-Chair
Julie Baskes
Melissa Cherry
Victoria Dinges
Michael and Jacky Ferro
Alexandra and John Nichols
Martha O’Bryan
Diane Whatton
Helen Zell


Partner Sponsors
Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Chicago Zoological Society / Brookfield Zoo
Pamela Crutchfield
Fifth Third Bank
Gabriella and Paul Rosenbaum Foundation
Goodman Theatre
Joseph Kellman Family Foundation
Lyric Opera of Chicago
Southwest Airlines
Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Event Planning Committee
Julie Schmidt, Chair
Greg Cameron
Janet Carl Smith
Pamela Crutchfield
Kassie Davis
Greg DiDomenico
Brooke Flanagan
Bau Graves
David Hawkanson
Christine Holm
Chris Jabin
José Ochoa
Patty White
Media Sponsors
New City

For questions and more information, please contact Eva Silverman, Associate Director, at silverman@artsalliance.org or 312.855.3105 x13. 

See photos and video from last year's successful event, Voices of a Creative State 2013.