On May 2, the Chicago Chapter partnered with the Illinois Arts Council to host a special reception promoting the importance of continued funding for music education in Illinois state schools. We expressed the importance of arts education to our state's legislators and discussed how education in the arts cultivates creativity, innovation and flexibility — three natural talents present in all children and vital for success in today's complex and fast-changing economy. Music education not only inspires passion and empowers children, the experience can inspire them to reach their full potential, for today and tomorrow.
A contingent of Chapter Board members and other "notable" Chapter members made the trek from Chicago to the state's capitol, Springfield. The evening included a reception with appetizers and refreshments and our own "Lady D" as DJ. Executive Director Tera Healy and Illinois Arts Council Executive Director Terry Scrogrum welcomed the crowd and thanked all involved; Alice Peacock (singer/songwriter and Chapter President) and Shirley Madigan (president of the Illinois Arts Council) also took a moment to tell the crowd about their experience with music education, why they are so passionate about this issue, and why our legislators should continue to fund — if not increase funding — for music and arts education in our schools.
Next, the crowd was treated to a number of special performances, including Alice Peacock, Rachel Barton Pine (world-renowned violinist and Chapter Governor), and Jim Peterik (singer/songwriter/guitarist/keyboardist, best known for the GRAMMY-winning, double-platinum No. 1 pop hit "Eye Of The Tiger"). After the performances, Recording Academy participants mingled with legislators and posed for photos with them.