Suburban Women’s Group Provides $14,500 to Little City’s Art Program
Funds from 100 Women Who Care Will Support Center for the Arts Facilitators
The funds will provide much needed funding for art facilitators at Little City’s Center for the Arts. Currently, 10 professional artists serve as facilitators at the Center for the Arts, where they provide guidance for the more than 75 artists who use the studios and available supplies to create art.
“100 Women Who Care is all about women pooling their resources to help others. We know that our donation to support the facilitators at Little City’s Center for the Arts will have a significant impact on the lives of the men and women who use the center to express themselves creatively. We are proud to support their efforts,” says Laurie Richter, founder of 100 Women Who Care North Suburban Chicago.
The group’s mission is to use the power of collective giving to make a difference in the north suburban community it serves. It meets quarterly to pick a local charity to support, with members each contributing to the cause.
The funds from 100 Women Who Care will go a long way toward allowing Little City to continue to provide facilitators, who serve a vital role in the program. Facilitators introduce new materials and techniques to the artists, coordinate larger projects involving more than one artist, and provide suggestions to individual artists on how to complete works.
The facilitators, which are sustained entirely from private donations, are essential to the program. “Each year it is a greater challenge to fully fund this part of the program,” says Bev Saiz, Director of Foundation and Government Relations at Little City.
The Center for the Arts offers participants from Little City and other area organizations a place to express themselves creatively, which provides a sense of purpose and empowerment for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Center for the Arts has received 30 awards during its more than 20-year history.
Artwork by Little City artists has exhibited in local, national and international venues, and it is the subject of “Share My Kingdom,” a documentary about three Little City artists. The film, made possible through a grant from the Chicago Community Trust, premiered at the Gene Siskel Film Center and is scheduled to be shown Oct. 18 at the Bridgeport Art Center.
About 100 Women Who Care:
100 Women Who Care North Suburban Chicago was founded by Laurie Richter of Lincolnshire with assistance from Susan Rubin Elfant of Northbrook, Andrea Friedlander of Deerfield, Ada Kinscherff of Lincolnshire, and Stacey Meyer of Deerfield. The group meets quarterly to pick a local charity to support. Any member of the group can nominate a qualified local charity, and three members are randomly selected at each meeting to make a presentation in support of their nomination. At the end of the presentations, the group votes, and each member writes a $100 check to the winning charity. Although the meetings last just one hour, many members come early or stay late for a fun Girls Night Out at the hosting venue. For more information or to join, visit www.100WomenWhoCareNSC.com.
Being a leader for 59 years, Little City continues to be inspirational and transformational in developing its 56-acre therapeutic community in Palatine. From a modest beginning of three homes and 16 residents primarily with Down syndrome, Little City has grown into a recognized leader offering a wide array of innovative services to more than 1,000 clients weekly. In addition to the Palatine location, Little City has a Community Services Office in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood, adult service centers in Palatine and Waukegan, and 13 adult community homes and one children’s group home located throughout suburban Cook and DuPage Counties.
Today, Little City’s comprehensive program portfolio includes vocational training and employment placement, foster care and adoption, home-based family support, health and wellness, recreation and therapeutic activities, disability awareness and community education, a day school and an award-winning arts program. Visit www.littlecity.org.