Naperville Art League was one of 24 DuPage County not-for-profit organizations with a program specific to the arts to receive a grant through DuPage Foundation’s most recent COVID-19 Response Fund grant program, due to the advocacy efforts of Arts DuPage, the Foundation’s initiative for all things art in the County.
Naperville Art League received a grant in the amount of $14,825 to help address needs that resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Naperville Art League’s mission is to provide art instruction and education, to encourage interest in all forms of creative art, to stimulate understanding and appreciation of art in the community and to participate in other related activities.
The League serves a diversity of people of all ages in Naperville and DuPage County. Founded in 1961, Naperville Art League offers classes for all ages and skill levels, provides monthly Gallery art shows and special events at its Naperville Fine Art Center & Gallery on the corner of 5th Ave. and Center Street in Naperville. The League also plans and hosts the annual Riverwalk Fine Art Fair.
With help from Arts DuPage Advisory Committee member Sheila Rutledge, who is also a DuPage County Board member, the Foundation was able to secure and grant $300,000 in Federal Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds from DuPage County. Through a speedy, but thorough, grant process, a small working group of DuPage Foundation volunteers evaluated 27 grant applications based on specific criteria required for CARES Act Funds to meet the deadline.
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