FREEPORT, Illinois – The Freeport Art Museum announced today the organization has received a major gift in support of the development of a downtown arts-centered civic plaza.
Jessica Modica, executive director for the Freeport Art Museum, says the non-profit arts organization has received an anonymous $250,000 contribution to be used for the development of a festival space designed to host community events, concerts, art fairs and other outdoor festivals. The designated space is currently owned by the Freeport Art Museum and is located at the corner of Douglas Street and Chicago Avenue in downtown Freeport.
“We are deeply grateful for this extraordinary gift,” said Jessica Modica, “The donor’s generosity will help us to create a beautiful space that will invite both residents and visitors to enjoy the downtown area, bringing more tourism and revenue to our community”.
The Freeport Art Museum received a highly competitive $100,000 Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts earlier in the year, which also supports the Arts Plaza as a creative placemaking project. “The NEA grant will help us utilize arts and culture to create connections between all of the cultural amenities located on the north side of Chicago Avenue, including Union Dairy and the Lincoln-Douglas Debate square, with the burgeoning activities and businesses located on the south end, such as Lindo Theatre and the Wagner House,” said Modica. “It’s exciting to see things coming together”.
The City of Freeport is an active partner in the plaza project and the NEA Our Town grant. Lowell Crow, City Manager for the City, says the project supports the City’s strategic plan to make Freeport a destination city through enhancing civic spaces in the downtown district. “The Arts Plaza will provide a key element in helping to add distinction to the downtown and will promote Freeport as a walk-able, vibrant community,” said Crow.
For more information, call the museum at 815-235-9755.