IACA General Operating Support Grants for FY23 Available Now

IACA General Operating Support Grants for FY23 Available Now

Illinois Arts Council Agency Announces Availability of Fiscal Year 2023 General Operating Support Guidelines and Application

IACA General Operating Support Grants are offered up to $25,000 to established not-for-profit organizations that make a significant local, regional, or statewide impact on the quality of life in Illinois. This annual program provides general operating support to eligible Illinois non-profit organizations for public arts programming of high artistic merit. The FY23 GOS application deadline is Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at 11:59pm.

Important to note is that the GOS applications will be submitted in IACA’s online Salesforce platform: https://arts-illinois.force.com

Returning applicants should login to their existing account to apply. New applicants should create a new user account. More information on the online system, including a user manual, can be found on the IACA website.


IACA staff will conduct one GOS webinar on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 1:00pm on the application and review process. Participation requires advance registration; a recorded version of the webinar with transcripts will also be available.
Also, on certain Fridays from 1pm-2pm IACA staff are available via video meetings to answer any questions. You do not need to preregister for these. You simply click the link at the time of the meeting to join the call via WebEx.

Other IACA Grants:

Other Illinois Arts Council Agency Grants are also available now on their website, including:
Arts Midwest GIG Fund (for FY22) – due April 12, 2022
Partners in Excellence (for FY23) – due March 15, 2022

See all the grants here.

3-part series: Clothing & Textile Collections: Preservation, Interpretation, & Exhibition

3-part series: Clothing & Textile Collections: Preservation, Interpretation, & Exhibition

This three-part series from the Iowa Museums Association provides an introduction to textiles and clothing care in a museum setting. The series provides professional guidance in artifact preservation and storage, identification and interpretation, and exhibition and display.

Cost per workshop for non-IMA members $70.
3-series price for Non-IMA members $145.
Date & Time: Sessions will take place from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. January 24, January 31, and February 7, 2022. All sessions will take place on ZOOM.

Clothing & Textiles Preservation & Storage (January 24)

This course provides an introductory look into textile-based collections care focusing on environmental conditions, artifact-safe materials, recommended storage methods and systems for different types of items, basic cleaning processes, and logistical issues.

Clothing & Textiles Identification & Interpretation (January 31)

Learn how to identify 19th and 20th century fashions and other textile items and discuss some unique ways to think about and interpret the artifacts in your collection. This is an introductory course; additional resources will be provided to assist your individual identification needs.

Clothing & Textiles Exhibition & Display (February 7)

Learn how to safely exhibit a variety of textile-based items and how artifact preservation is woven into the exhibit development process. We will discuss different exhibit formats (temporary exhibitions, permanent installations, furnishing plans, and more) as well as proper artifact mounting and display options, as well as environmental requirements.

Registration Deadline: 1/23/2022

Reminder: You must be signed in to register. For assistance with registration prior to 1/21/22, contact [email protected]

About the Instructor

Lindsey Smith has over twenty years of experience working in and around cultural heritage. Her consulting firm, Exhibitsmith™, opened in 2009 to help organizations discover innovative-yet-practical solutions for their creative projects and historical collection needs. In addition, she has been on staff at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Des Moines University Library, Iowa Jewish Historical Society, Amherst Museum, and Living History Farms. She received an MA in Historical Administration in 2003 and completed additional post-graduate coursework in Archives and Records Administration at UW-Milwaukee.

In 2014, she founded Hangerbee™, which produces museum-quality, heirloom-safe padded clothing hangers. Over 10,000 Hangerbee hangers can be found in museums, boutiques, and closets across the country from Alaska to the Smithsonian, as well as abroad.

Audiovisual Digitization Basics Workshop

The Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board (ISHRAB) is hosting Audiovisual Digitization Basics for 25 Illinois archivists and archival volunteers. This online course will be held on February 2, 2022 from 2-3:30 pm. The course is presented by LYRASIS.

This class will enable students to create an outline of a digital project management plan for audio visual collections and understand the resources available for next steps. Persons or organizations who are looking into undertaking an audiovisual digitization project or who will be seeking a grant to fund an audiovisual digitization project are encouraged to take this class.

ISHRAB and its representatives will award scholarships on a first-come, first-served basis until all 25 seats have been filled. As of January 14, there are 9 spots remaining, so please apply ASAP if interested. The completed application form may be submitted by U.S. mail, FAX, or email. All decisions made by the ISHRAB and its representatives will be final. The deadline to apply is January 26, 2022.

Applications are available at https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.ilsos.gov/publications/pdf_publications/ard173.pdf__;!!Dq0X2DkFhyF93HkjWTBQKhk!B8Jd94y3Oj2U_NAc6oRYxXf2QL94uB5PBd4RE0evD5HhOVawvFbvOiTMGpXfYKzhvdQIKjJZFQZuysS2kbK7JCOQ$ .

Funds for this opportunity are provided by a State Board Programming Grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

If you have any questions or to submit an application, please contact:
David Joens, Director
Illinois State Archives
Margaret Cross Norton Bldg.
Capitol Complex
Springfield, IL 62756

217-524-3930 (fax)

[email protected]