For Immediate Release
May 11, 2010

Illinois State Board of Education promotes Arts and Foreign Language Program

State agency sponsors information sessions across state

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) will hold several information sessions throughout the state about funding for public schools through the Arts and Foreign Language Program (AFL), a joint project of the Illinois Arts Council and ISBE.

This program, which began in 2006, is designed to assist Illinois public school districts, public university laboratory schools, charter schools and area vocational schools with the development, maintenance, or enhancement of curricular programs in the Arts or Foreign Language. Funding is available for up to four years; one year of program planning and three years of program implementation.

Planning grants will range from $10,000 to $40,000 and implementation grants will range from $10,000 to $100,000. Grant awards are contingent on the final State budget allocation.

The informational sessions are intended to provide detailed information on the program as well as technical resources for developing and submitting a Request for Proposal (RFP), the required application document. There will be a question and answer period and time for attendees to network, socialize and share ideas with each other. The sessions are scheduled in various locations around the state, and will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. The schedule is as follows:

Arts and Foreign Language Information Sessions
Monday, May 17
40 North/88West, Champaign County Arts, Culture, and Entertainment Council
1817 S. Neil, Suite 201, Champaign
Wednesday, May 19
Frankfort Community High School
601 E. Main Street, West Frankfort
Tuesday, May 25
Western Illinois University, Quad Cities
3561 60th Street, Moline
Wednesday, May 26
Regional Office of Education #26
130 S. Lafayette, Suite 200, Macomb
Thursday, May 27
Trutter Center, Lincoln Land Community College
5250 Shepherd Road, Springfield
Tuesday, June 1
Barrington High School
616 W. Main Street, Barrington
Wednesday, June 2
LaSalle Peru Township High School
541 Chartres Street, LaSalle
Thursday, June 3
Lincoln-Way North High School
19900 S. Harlem Avenue, Frankfort