Freeport, Illinois – The Freeport Art Museum (FAM) is a non-profit arts organization that has been serving the community for over 40 years. As a privately funded museum, FAM does not receive any direct tax income for operating expenses and therefore relies on generous donations like the support from 100 Women Who Care in order to carry out its mission to promote an understanding of the arts through its collections, exhibitions and education.
In recent years, FAM has been able to develop important programs like Arts Magnetism, which brings selected pieces from the museum’s collection directly into each 1st through 4th grade classroom at Jones Farrar Magnet School. Along with hands-on art activities that are designed to deepen student understanding of their regular curriculum, Arts Magnetism fills a gap in arts education in our community.
Additionally, FAM has begun a partnership with the Norman Sleezer Youth Home for disadvantaged and at-risk youth. This program brings the youth to the museum during the summer for an extended art camp that is devised with NCS staff to support their program goals.
The Arts Magnetism and NCS programs are just two examples of the many ways in which the Freeport Art Museum is reaching out to our community through the arts.
This year, a private family foundation has issued FAM an exciting opportunity to further the educational programming with a $15,000 challenge grant. Matched dollar for dollar up to $15,000, these funds will help the museum sustain and grow a positive impact within the community. They have matched our donations with $10,000 of their own, taking the total donations from the 100 Women Who Care-Stephenson County May quarterly meeting up to $20,400!
100 Women Who Care will meet again on August 11th at the Eagles Club in Freeport. It will be another great night when we decide as a group who will get the next $10,000+ donation. Visit our website www.100WWCStephensonCounty.weebly.com or like us on Facebook 100Women Who Care-Stephenson County or email us at 100WWCStephensonCounty@gmail.com
Chris Wallace (100 WWC co-founder), Marsha Block (FAM Board Member and 100WWC member), Ellie Bartels(FAM Board Member, Education Chair). Heather Farringer Dickman (100WWC co-founder), Jessica Modica (Executive Director of FAM), Mike Clark (Mike Clark FAM Board Treasurer), DeAnne Voss and Amy Krolow (100WWC co-founders)