SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – To help students and children across Illinois pursue careers and interests in art, state Rep. Camille Y. Lilly, D-Chicago, is fighting for more grants to give to public schools for artistic after school programs.
“Illinois has a rich artistic history that I want our youth to capture, study and cherish,” said Lilly. “For those students who wish to pursue a career in art or just expand on their interest in it, I want them to have the chance to explore those.”
As chair or the House Museums Arts & Cultural Enhancements Committee, Lilly makes it a priority to keep Illinois’ art and cultural history preserved and accessible to all students interested in art. Her House Bill 5346 would appropriate the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) with $10 million in funding for grants to schools that offer low-income students art-based after school programs.
“After school programs keep students active and interested in something that is truly special,” said Lilly. “Along the way, art lost its significance but I want to try to reestablish the connection to different cultures, art and history.”
Lilly represents the 78th District, which includes parts of Chicago, Elmwood Park, Franklin Park, Oak Park, Melrose Park and River Grove. If you need to contact her office, please call 708-613-5939 or email her at StateRepCamilleYLilly@gmail.com.
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