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Foundation creates fund to support the arts

New regional fund to benefit La Salle, Bureau and Putnam counties

Starved Rock Country Community Foundation (SRCCF) is creating a new fund to give the local arts scene a significant boost.

The Arts of Starved Rock Country fund was created earlier this month after the funds from the OmniArts organization were transferred to SRCCF.

OmniArts, originally named Illinois Valley Fine Arts Trust, has supported regional arts organizations, schools and other arts-related initiatives with more than a quarter of a million dollars since 1994. In recent years, OmniArts has become known for events such as the OmniHonors, which celebrates the lifetime achievements of local artists.

This past year, OmniPrize, a three-day festival showcasing visual arts, theatre, film and music was held in Ottawa.

“The transfer of the funds from OmniArts to the SRCCF will enable the entire arts community to benefit from a strong regional support system, including a comprehensive arts-centric website,” said Pamela Beckett, SRCCF president, in a statement. “As part of the SRCCF, The Arts of Starved Rock Country Fund will be guided by an advisory council with representatives from the arts community throughout the region. Grants to local arts organizations will continue and we also intend to continue OmniHonors and the multi-day arts festival.”

Founded in 2015, the SRCCF is part of a network of community foundations in the United States with combined assets of over $85 billion. Locally, the organization's mission is to “connect people who care with causes that matter,” through philanthropic leadership, fund development and grant-making in La Salle, Bureau, and Putnam counties. Since its inception, more than $1.5 million has been contributed to the Foundation to be distributed to charitable organizations and initiatives throughout the Starved Rock region. ​

For more information, contact the SRCCF at 815-252-2906.

To learn more about the Starved Rock Country Community Foundation, visit srccf.org.

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