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ArtsConnected thanks our many sponsors for helping to advance art education for young people. We are pleased to partner wit these organizations that share our commitment to expand and connect visual arts opportunities with students across Illinois.


Blick Art Materials

The largest and oldest provider of art supplies in the U.S., catering to the full spectrum of artists. Blick believes that art education develops the human creativity necessary to solve the world's complex problems, enrich its culture and provide fulfillment for its inhabitants.


Illinois arts council agency

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. 

We thank them for their generosity in making our ArtConnected events possible.


Social Justice Award

Award: $500.00 & Attendance at a lecture or master class given by a member of the BCT staff.

Consciousness is the first step toward positive change. The Art of Influence: Breaking Criminal Traditions uses art to raise awareness of human rights issues worldwide. Our goal is to encourage dialogue on difficult topics, build community engagement, and use art to lead human rights law and support social justice. With this award we look to honor such art - more than this we want to inspire artists everywhere to create work that remakes the world.



AICAD – The Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design – is a membership organization of the 42 leading art and design colleges in the US and Canada.  AICAD's mission is to help strengthen the member colleges individually and collectively, and to inform the public about these colleges and on the value of studying art and design. is a free online resource to explore and connect with 42 leading art and design schools in the US and Canada.


national endowment for the arts

The National Endowment for the Arts is an independent federal agency that funds, promotes, and strengthens the creative capacity of our communities by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

We thank them for their generosity in making our ArtConnected events possible.



Contribute to the conceptualization of an idyllic projection of a society as well as its way of life, SOLARPUNK, which should take the form of a two-dimensional pictorial work.

The creations will be visible in the virtual world as they will be placed individually within the site and the works will form a whole in order to be integrated into a digital montage in images and sound presented in the form of a large-scale immersive experience. The student will share his or her talent in an original and different way than in a school environment. Pedagogical tools are available to facilitate teaching. The deadline for submission of works is May 1, 2022 in order to integrate the works for the June 20, 2022 unveiling at the site. At the same time, the multimedia team will work on the digital projection set-up in June and July to create a whole in the form of a digital projection to be realized in September as a meaningful event.

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