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The third week of March is traditionally designated Illinois Arts Education Week by Govenor Bruce Rauner. In cooperation with the Illinois Art Education Association (IAEA) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), the next Illinois Arts Education Week will be March 12-18, 2018. The poster contest reinforces the importance of the arts in the growth and development of all students. The contest winner‘s artwork will be featured on a poster that is sent to all public and private schools in Illinois. The winner will also be recognized at the Illinois State Board of Education board meeting. The poster winner plus second and third place winners will be recognized at the IAEA fall conference in 2018.

The theme for this year is ”The Arts make History Come Alive!” as 2018 is the Illinois Bicentennial. The imagery should reflect the theme plus represent all five art areas (dance, drama, media, music and visual arts). Text is not necessary as the title/theme will be professionally typeset.

Entries should be postmarked no later than December 12, 2017.

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Student Honor Ensembles (Band, Chorus, and Orchestra) at the Illinois Music Education Association perform "Illinois"


ISBE is in the planning stages to work with partner groups and associations to develop school meal menus for breakfast and/or lunch to highlight Illinois products for a week long Bicentennial celebration.

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The Illinois REALTORS® Bicentennial Task Force is launching its “Home is Where the Heart Is” essay contest. Twenty-three high school students across Illinois have a chance to win a monetary scholarship and be a part of the historic 200th birthday of the State of Illinois.

Students are asked to submit a minimum of 500 words (maximum 700 words) on what this theme means to them. All essays will be judged based on adherence to this theme, originality, creativity, grammar, punctuation, and spelling. The contest is open to Illinois high school students in grades 9 through 12 attending public, private, or home schools.

The contest submission deadline is Feb. 15, 2018. In addition to the monetary award, scholarship winners will also receive statewide recognition from Illinois REALTORS® and the State of Illinois Bicentennial Commission. Download the Illinois Bicentennial Essay Contest Submission form for complete requirements and eligibility. 15, 2017 through February 15, 201811/15/2017YesYesYesCompleted

​On Dec. 3, 2017, from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, admission to the Museum will be free in honor of the State’s 199th birthday and official Kickoff of the Bicentennial celebration.

​Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, 212 N. 6th St., Springfield, Illinois

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Sunday, December 3, 2017, from 10:00 am - 8:00 pm, is Illinois Bicentennial Day at Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest. This delightful family tradition features 170,000 square feet of rides, giant slides, an indoor ice skating rink, and holiday spirit. Winter WonderFest is open to the general public, and Illinois Bicentennial will host a private reception at the event to include a press conference, kicking off Illinois’ yearlong Bicentennial celebration.

Special thanks to our sponsor Navy Pier

​Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago, Illinois

/PublishingImages/WinterWonderland.jpgView the Governor's Office Official Bicentennial Website for more informationYesDecember 03, 201712/3/2017YesYesYes

Statewide counties and municipalities have been asked to coordinate an Illinois Bicentennial Flag Raising Ceremony at their primary municipal building on Monday, December 4, 2017 at 12:00 Noon CST to coincide with Ceremonies throughout the state.

As we approach our 200th year of statehood, these Ceremonies will help kick off a yearlong celebration that will pay tribute to the people, places, and things that are being BORN, BUILT & GROWN here every single day. Our Bicentennial is a once-in-a-lifetime invitation to fall in love with Illinois all over again, and it will showcase Illinois’ influence on American history, achievement, culture, innovation, and more. Together, we can inspire pride in Illinois and show the world what makes this state so great.

​Statewide Counties and Municipalities, Statewide Locations, Statewide Locations, Illinois

/PublishingImages/Bicentennial-Flag-Raising-Image-for-Social-Media.pngView the Governor's Office Official Bicentennial Website for more informationYesDecember 04, 201712/4/2017YesYesYes