The Foundation’s newest initiative, Arts DuPage, stepped into the spotlight and unveiled its first public offering, ArtsDuPage.org, a new online resource for our community. More than 160 arts enthusiasts attended the launch party on Tuesday, February 7, at the College of DuPage’s McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn.
“I’m floored by the response that we’ve received,” said Barb Szczepaniak, Foundation vice president for programs. “ArtsDuPage.org offers the arts and culture sector a significant promotional tool to engage and connect with local artists, organizations, patrons and venues throughout DuPage County.” ArtsDuPage.org currently offers information on more than 100 events, 75 organization and venue profiles, and a growing number of profiles highlighting DuPage’s individual artists and creatives.
During the festivities, attendees were treated to two special musical performances. Alison Gains and Anthony Perry from the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra Jazz Combo provided music during the reception. Then Nik Eden (baritone), and Foundation’s Vice President for Advancement Mike Sitrick (tenor) performed “Lily’s Eyes” from The Secret Garden accompanied by Eric Rasmussen.
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- Welcome – Barb Szczepaniak, Foundation vice president for programs
- Welcome – Julie Curran, BMO Harris Regional President & Head of Retail Banking & Arts DuPage Advisory Council Member
- “Lily’s Eyes” – Nik Eden, baritone; Mike Sitrick, tenor, DuPage Foundation vice president for advancement; and Eric Rasmussen, accompanist
- About DuPage Foundation – Dave McGowan, Foundation president & CEO
- About Arts DuPage – David Rice, First Folio Theatre
- Closing Remarks – Denice Gierach, Foundation Board Chair