Downtown Freeport ‘Arts-Centered Civic Plaza’ Receives $250k Anonymous Contribution Towards Development

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”.

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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”.

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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.

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For more information, call the museum at 815-235-9755.

13 thoughts on “Downtown Freeport ‘Arts-Centered Civic Plaza’ Receives $250k Anonymous Contribution Towards Development

  • October 16, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    Freeport is NOT contemporary— it is traditional and you mix all of this up and it looks uninviting—look at Woodstock downtown—and other historical towns in Illinois—Rockford had a time moving it’s “contemporary art sculptor “out of downtown to the river front. Because peo[le didn’t like it but it was theirs and it was expensive

  • October 16, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    A couple weeks ago I dropped my phone off an art based building onto cement and it received no damages so it seems like a solid investment to me (not the investor)

  • October 17, 2017 at 12:16 am

    But the person donated it with the sole purpose for the center and nothing else..would be unethical to use it for anything but that persons wish

    • October 17, 2017 at 12:26 am

      Unethical? This is Illinois big history of using money ear marked for one thing but used for something completely different. Why break tradition “we’ve always done it that way”.

  • October 17, 2017 at 9:32 am

    That’s not how private donations work. This isn’t your tax dollars. You don’t get to tell people where to donate their money. That said, more tourism = more business revenue = more money to fix the roads.

  • October 17, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    I really think there is a lot better things we could be spending this money on….maybe fix the pipes that keep bursting that I’m paying 25 dollars a month extra on my water bill…or the roads or knocking down the shit homes on the east side?????

  • October 18, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    For those that cant figure this out….this contribution is for a specific thing. Not for roads or any other shit. But i agree that we need streets redone. Wheres that city 6 cent per gallon tax going?

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