Glen Ellyn’s McAninch Arts Center (MAC) has been selected to receive $10,000 in funding from National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)’s Arts Engagement in American Communities program. This program supports arts projects in all artistic disciplines in communities across the United States with the goal of engaging the public in diverse and excellent art in geographic areas underrepresented in the NEA’s grantmaking portfolio.

The funding is slated to support a series of international performing artists featured in the MAC’s 2018-2019 season ranging in discipline and culture including: a dance company from Spain – Compania Flamenca Eduardo Guerrero—in Flamenco Passion, Oct. 21 at 2 p.m.; a brass ensemble from Canada – Canadian Brass—on Dec. 1 at 4 & 8 p.m., a ballet company from Russia – Russian National Ballet—in Swan Lake, on Jan. 13 at 2 & 6 p.m.; a fusion of music and dance highlighting Indian Bollywood film style – Bollywood Boulevard—on Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 10 at 2 p.m.; and musicians from Ireland – The High Kings—on March 16 at 8 p.m.

“The McAninch Arts Center is proud to receive a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts,” said MAC Director Diana Martinez. “The purpose of featuring these international artists is to bridge social, political and cultural divides through international performances to foster and inspire common-ground conversations in artistic spaces.” 

Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America.

The McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage is located 25 miles west of Chicago near I-88 and I-355. It houses three indoor performance spaces (the 780-seat proscenium Belushi Performance Hall; the 236-seat soft-thrust Playhouse Theatre; and the versatile black box Studio Theatre), the outdoor Lakeside Pavilion, the Cleve Carney Art Gallery and classrooms for the college’s academic programming. The venue has presented theater, music, dance and visual art to more than 1.5 million people since its opening in 1986 and typically welcomes more than 100,000 patrons from the greater Chicago area to more than 230 performances each season.

​All of the above events will take place in the MAC’s Belushi Performance Hall, located at 425 Fawell Blvd., on the campus of College of College of DuPage. For tickets or more information about these events call the MAC Box Office at 630.942.4000, or visit

McAninch Arts Center Awarded $10K NEA Arts Engagement in American Communities  Grant

Facade of the McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn (photo courtesy of McAninch Arts Center).

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