Voices of a Creative State 2015

On May 20, 2015, nearly 500 of Illinois' cultural, civic, and corporate leaders gathered at Arts Alliance Illinois' 3rd annual benefit luncheon to celebrate the arts, participating in an engaging dialogue on policy and the role of the arts and creativity in the civic life of Illinois.

2015 luncheon photos

The centerpiece of the luncheon was a presentation by University of Chicago President Robert J. Zimmer on the essential role of the arts in education and civic engagement. President Zimmer was introduced by renowned artist and UChicago Arts + Public Life Director Theaster Gates.

We also honored Martha Lavey and David Hawkanson with our “Citizen Advocate” award for their extraordinary contributions to the arts locally and nationally. Ben Cameron of New York’s Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (and formerly of the Theatre Communications Group) came to Chicago to introduce and celebrate Martha and David.

See more event photos on our facebook page and watch our featured video (below).

Let's talk arts advocacy from Arts Alliance Illinois on Vimeo.

Sponsors

Premier Sponsors
Allstate logo Grosvenor logo
Benefit Sponsors
BMO Harris Bank logo Columbia College Chicago logo
Joyce Chelberg
Ambassador Fay Hartog-Levin (Ret.) and Daniel Levin
Helen Zell

 

Patron Sponsors
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
Chicago Dancemakers Forum
Choose Chicago
Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies
Ingenuity
Susan and Richard Kiphart
Bruce Sagan and Bette Cerf Hill
John Shea
Southwest Airlines
The Sun Times Foundation / The Chicago Community Trust
University of Chicago

Partner Sponsors
Greg Cameron and Greg Thompson
Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Chicago Zoological Society / Brookfield Zoo
Exelon
Gabriella & Paul Rosenbaum Foundation
Goodman Theatre
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Irving Harris Foundation
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Sylvia Neil and Dan Fischel
Northern Trust
The Reva & David Logan Foundation
Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Larry Suffredin
WTTW / WFMT

Media Sponsors
Splash
New City

Committee

Honorary Co-Chairs
Governor Bruce Rauner and First Lady Diana Rauner
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle

Benefit Co-Chairs
Greg Cameron and Greg Thompson
Cheryl Cooke
Nora Daley and Sean Conroy

Benefit Committee
Bill Brown
Joyce Chelberg
Melissa Cherry
Victoria Dinges
Ginger Farley
Joel Farran
Jackie and Michael Ferro
Patty Greene
Ambassador Fay Hartog-Levin (Ret.) and Daniel Levin
Dr. Kwang-Wu Kim
Susan and Richard Kiphart
Bruce Sagan and Bette Cerf Hill
Paul Sznewajs
Diane Whatton
Helen Zell

Event Planning Committee Co-Chairs
Brooke Flanagan
Julie Schmidt

Event Planning Committee
Greg Cameron
Janet Carl Smith
Kassie Davis
Peter Handler
Rena Henderson Mason
Jason Palmquist

Donor Supporters
Robert & Isabelle Bass Foundation, Inc., Douglas R. Brown and Rachel Kraft, Pamela Crutchfield, Kassie Davis, Greg DiDomenico, Toni Diprizio, Deborah Epstein, Brooke Flanagan, Jill Garling, David Hawkanson, Fifth Third Bank, Carol Fox, Caryn and King Harris, Chris Jabin, Loretta Julian, Lisa Lee, Jim and Kay Mabie, Marquette Associates, Bill Melamed and Jamey Lundblad, Michael Polsky, Merle Reskin, Tom Shapiro, Diane Spradlin, Karen Young

Advocate Supporters
Jonathan Ahl, Sarah Albrect, Monroe Anderson, April Arnold, Auditorium Theatre, Stephanie Bradley Smith, Bruce Beatus, Patrick Bitterman, Broadway in Chicago, Janet Carl Smith and Mel Smith, Paul Chiaravalle, Chicago High School for the Arts, Marge Collens, Lester Coney, Marianne Deson, Michael Dorf and Maury Collins, Amy Eshleman, Steve Everett, Duffy Farrell, Betty Farrell, Rena Henderson Mason and Guy Mason, Michael Hernandez, Doug Johnson, Lynn Lockwood, Meredith Mack, McLean County Arts Center, Christopher Murphy, Anne O’Keefe, Old Town School of Folk Music, Carolyn Patterson and Martin Jordan, Susan Payne, Polk Bros. Foundation, Judith Pollock, Kenneth Porrello, Barry Quinn, Troy Ratliff, Julie Schmidt, Leslie Shook, Scott Silberstein, Elissa Tenny, Terra Foundation for American Art, Phil Thomas, Cynthia Vahlkamp, Cleo Wilson, Camille Wilson White, Cheryl Yuen and Thomas Chin

Additional Supporters
Patrizia Acerra, Ellen Alberding, Stephen Albert, Lane Alexander, Gina Alicea, Alderman John Arena, April Arnold, Elizabeth Auman, Phillip Bahar, Viera Bakova, Meghan Beals, Gerda Bernstein, Nicole Berry, Anna Besserud, Henry Bienen, Becky Blaine, Beth Boosalis Davis, Jill Britton, Bonnie Brooks, Suzette Bulley, Deb Clapp, Eric Delli Bovi, Tim Evans, Sally Feder, Stephanie Fisher, Claudia Freeman, Tatiana Gant, Lawrence Gill, Nicole Gotthelf, Esther Grimm, Deirdre Harrison, Winifred Haun, Jennifer Herlein, Anthony Hirschel, Mark Ingram, Mary Ittelson, Deone Jackman, Sherre Jennings Cullen, Lisa Johnson, Christopher Jordan, Fran Joy, Geraldine Joy, Jason Kalajainen, Mort Kaplan, Charles Katzenmeyer, Maddie Kelly, Judy Kemp, Kay Kendall, Dev Kennedy, Debra Kerr, Jill Kozeluh, Barbara Kraus, Sarah Laing, Sandra Lehner, Barbara Levy, Kate Lorenz, Stanley Madeja, Debra Magad, Meida McNeal, Michael McStraw, Aaron Mercier, Richard Moody, Elena Nulle, Caroline Older, Peter Olson, Laura Perlow, Steven Phillips, Sharon Phillips, Rhoda Pierce, Corinne Pierog, Ellen Placey Wadey, Robert Polito, Emily Pollock, Rollin Potter, Angelique Power, Deborah Quazzo, Kennon Reinard, Matthew Renton, Emily Reusswig, Elspeth Revere, Aaron Rodgers, George Rosenberg, Michelle Ruiz, Sara Schastok, Carl Silverman, Josh Simonds, Ann Smith, Birdie Soti, Lori Souder, James Stone, Sean Taylor, Alene Valkanas, Jonathan VanderBrug, Greg Walters, Stephanie Whitlock, Benna Wilde, Jane Wintroub, Karen Witter