The sounds of world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma filled the Hilton Chicago (720 S. Michigan) May 17 at the Arts Alliance Illinois’ Voices of a Creative State Luncheon. A crowd of 500 corporate and civic leaders came together for the event, along with honorary co-chairs Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Pamela Crutchfield, Joan W. Harris and Kassie Davis. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) presented Fay Hartog-Levin with the organization’s first Citizen Advocate award for her vision and civic leadership in the arts, and Jerlane Payne, a student at the University of Chicago Woodlawn Charter School, stole the spotlight by performing her spoken word piece, “The Flowship of Friends,” accompanied by Yo-Yo Ma. The luncheon raised nearly $240,000 to help the organization promote widespread support for the arts in Illinois.
The Sun-Times was the media sponsor of this event. The Sun-Times Foundation and The Chicago Community Trust will match every dollar donated to the Arts Alliance Illinois, up to a total of $5,000. Up to $1,000 can be matched per individual donation.
Story by Katerina Bizios | Photos by UnPosed Photography