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92_HB2519eng HB2519 Engrossed LRB9205042NTsb 1 AN ACT concerning an academy for performing, visual, and 2 cultural arts. 3 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 4 represented in the General Assembly: 5 Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the 6 Katherine Dunham Academy for Performing, Visual, and 7 Cultural Arts Act. 8 Section 5. Policy and purposes. It shall be the policy 9 of the State of Illinois to seek out and nurture the artistic 10 talent of students from throughout the State in grades 11 pre-kindergarten through 12 and students seeking 12 baccalaureate degrees who exhibit unique artistic ability, in 13 order to preserve and enhance the State's historic commitment 14 to the cultural richness that contributes to the ability of 15 the State to attract and maintain a citizenry who choose to 16 reside in Illinois for its support of a quality life as well 17 as for its economic advantages. It shall further be the 18 policy of this State to enlist the support of the 19 educational, professional, and commercial communities in a 20 cooperative effort to provide excellence in arts education 21 and to serve as a model for the development of innovative 22 instructional techniques and curricula. As a symbol of this 23 cooperative endeavor, there shall be established the 24 Katherine Dunham Academy for Performing, Visual, and Cultural 25 Arts to serve the people of Illinois as a place to nourish 26 the creativity of its youth who possess outstanding talent in 27 the performing, visual, or cultural arts and to return these 28 young people to their home community better prepared to make 29 a contribution to the cultural opportunities available in 30 their town. 31 The primary mission of the Academy is to seek out HB2519 Engrossed -2- LRB9205042NTsb 1 artistically talented students from throughout the State and 2 to immerse them in challenging arts programs, unlike those 3 typically available in local schools, where, under the 4 instruction of outstanding teachers and professional artists, 5 they will better understand how their talents can be further 6 developed. The visual arts program shall include painting, 7 weaving, pottery, silk screen design, and sculpture. The 8 performing arts program shall include performances in 9 theaters, operas, television, colleges, schools, and federal, 10 State, and local programs. Additionally, the Academy will 11 provide opportunities to test new approaches in the teaching 12 of the arts and staff development and serve as a model for 13 school programming that can be carried out in schools 14 statewide. The Academy shall also carry a responsibility to 15 provide instruction about how the participants, whether 16 student, intern, or teacher, can make a positive contribution 17 to the development of the arts in their local community upon 18 their return home. 19 The mission of the Academy shall be carried out through 20 the following means: 21 (1) Regionally based talent searches shall be 22 conducted to identify the most artistically talented 23 students from throughout the State in the arts. 24 (2) Teachers for the Academy shall be selected from 25 throughout the State and the world based upon criteria 26 that insure the highest quality faculty represented by 27 professional artists known for the quality of their work, 28 teachers of the arts recognized for their excellence in 29 teaching and curriculum development by their colleagues, 30 and individuals possessing unique insights about the 31 commercial and professional possibilities available to 32 aspiring artists. 33 (3) The instructional program shall be enhanced by 34 visiting lecturers, performers, and special exhibits open HB2519 Engrossed -3- LRB9205042NTsb 1 to the public by way of open houses and audience 2 participation. 3 (4) The Academy shall network with existing 4 professional organizations, universities, and arts 5 programs to foster the exchange of personnel, equipment, 6 and conceptual enrichment. Such interaction shall 7 include contributions in kind as well as consulting 8 relationships. 9 (5) Faculty of the Academy shall present 10 professional papers and lectures around the State and in 11 professional conferences nationally about the program and 12 the potential for improved arts programming at the local 13 level. 14 (6) Participants will have access to facilities and 15 equipment seldom available in most school settings where 16 they will be able to expand their knowledge of the 17 mediums available to creative artists in the professional 18 and commercial worlds. 19 Section 10. Establishment, funding, and location. There 20 is hereby created the Katherine Dunham Academy for 21 Performing, Visual, and Cultural Arts, which shall be an arts 22 program located in East St. Louis, Illinois. The Academy 23 shall be funded by federal grants and State appropriations. 24 Private contributions and endowment programs may be 25 established. Special scholarships shall be available to 26 assist economically disadvantaged students and special needs 27 students who require assistance or who may have other 28 exceptional needs that, if not addressed, would deny their 29 participation in the program. The Academy shall admit 30 students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12 and students 31 seeking baccalaureate degrees who have been determined to be 32 eligible to attend based upon the criteria established for 33 the arts area of their talent. Furthermore, students shall HB2519 Engrossed -4- LRB9205042NTsb 1 be selected from throughout the State to maintain a 2 geographically representative population. 3 Section 15. Board of trustees. The Katherine Dunham 4 Academy for Performing, Visual, and Cultural Arts shall 5 become an independent, freestanding program governed by a 6 board of trustees. The board shall be appointed by the 7 Governor from nominations submitted by the Illinois Arts 8 Council and State Superintendent of Education. 9 Representation on the board shall include individuals 10 knowledgeable about the arts, quality educational standards, 11 and the business community. The board of trustees shall be 12 not fewer than 11 nor greater than 17. The Illinois Arts 13 Council and the State Superintendent of Education shall each 14 nominate 2 candidates for consideration by the Governor for 15 each vacancy. With the exception of the initial 16 appointments, the members' terms of office shall be for 6 17 years. At the first meeting, members shall draw lots for 18 appointments of 2-year, 4-year, or 6-year initial terms. 19 Vacancies shall be filled for the unexpired portion of the 20 terms by appointment of a nominated candidate submitted by 21 whomever nominated the person causing such vacancy. The 22 initial terms shall commence upon appointment and upon 23 expiration of a term. The member shall continue to serve 24 until a successor is appointed. The board shall select a 25 chair from among its members who shall serve a 2-year term as 26 chair. Members shall receive no salary but shall be 27 reimbursed for all ordinary and necessary expenses incurred 28 in performing their duties as members of the board. 29 Within 30 days after the effective date of this Act, 30 nominations shall be submitted to the Governor for membership 31 on the board. The Governor shall appoint a minimum of 11 32 members to the board within 60 days of receiving the 33 nominations for board membership from the Illinois Arts HB2519 Engrossed -5- LRB9205042NTsb 1 Council and the State Superintendent of Education. The board 2 shall convene within 30 days after being appointed. The 3 first order of business shall be the selection of a chair and 4 the selection of a Director for the Academy. 5 Section 20. Powers and duties of the board. 6 (a) The board of trustees is hereby authorized to: 7 (1) Accept non-cash donations and direct financial 8 assistance toward scholarships from any public or private 9 person or agency, seek out federal grants, and comply 10 with rules and regulations governing grants from the 11 federal government or from any other person or agency, 12 which are not in contravention of the Illinois 13 Constitution or the laws of the State of Illinois. 14 (2) Purchase equipment, materials, and supplies 15 necessary for the use of the Academy in accordance with 16 the Illinois Procurement Code. 17 (3) Adopt, amend, or repeal rules and policies 18 necessary or proper for the conduct of the business of 19 the board. 20 (4) Award certificates, recognition, and 21 distinguished service or professional accomplishment 22 distinctions for persons deserving of such recognition. 23 (5) Appoint a Director who shall be the chief 24 administrative officer of the school and who shall 25 administer the rules and policies adopted by the board 26 pursuant to this Act. The Director shall also be the 27 chief administrative officer of the board and shall be 28 responsible for all the administrative functions, duties, 29 and needs of the board. 30 (6) Determine faculty and staff positions necessary 31 for the efficient operation of the Academy and select 32 personnel for such positions. The appointment of such 33 faculty and staff shall not be subject to the Personnel HB2519 Engrossed -6- LRB9205042NTsb 1 Code. 2 (7) Prepare and adopt an annual budget necessary 3 for the continued operation of the Academy. 4 (8) Enter into contracts and agreements in 5 accordance with applicable law, and, to the extent that 6 funds are specifically appropriated therefore, with other 7 public agencies with respect to cooperative enterprises 8 and undertakings related to or associated with an 9 education in the Academy. This shall not preclude the 10 board from entering into other such contracts and 11 agreements that may be deemed necessary to carry out its 12 duties and functions. 13 (9) Perform such other functions as are necessary 14 to the supervision and control of those phases of 15 education under its supervision and control. 16 (b) The Board shall delegate to the Director such of its 17 administrative powers and duties as it deems appropriate to 18 aid the Director in the efficient administration of his or 19 her responsibility for the implementation of the policies of 20 the board. 21 (c) In addition to the authorities granted in this 22 Section and any powers, duties, and responsibilities vested 23 by any other applicable laws, the board shall: 24 (1) Adopt rules and policies necessary for the 25 efficient operation of the Academy. 26 (2) Establish criteria to be used in determining 27 eligibility of applicants for enrollment. Such criteria 28 shall ensure adequate geographic, sexual, and ethnic 29 representation. 30 (3) Determine subject and arts experiences and 31 extracurricular activities to be offered. 32 (4) Pay salaries and expenses, including but not 33 necessarily restricted to facilities, equipment, and 34 supplies of the faculty and staff of the Academy, out of HB2519 Engrossed -7- LRB9205042NTsb 1 funds appropriated or otherwise made available for the 2 operating and administrative expenses of the board. 3 (5) Exercise budgetary responsibility and allocate 4 for expenditure by the Academy and programs under its 5 jurisdiction all moneys appropriated or otherwise made 6 available for purposes of the board and of such Academy 7 programs. 8 (6) Prepare and adopt or approve programs of study 9 and rules and bylaws for the conduct of students and for 10 the government of the Academy and programs under its 11 jurisdiction. 12 (7) Employ such personnel as may be needed, 13 establish policies governing their employment and 14 dismissal, and fix the amount of their compensation. In 15 the employment, establishment of policies, and fixing of 16 compensation, the Board may make no discrimination on 17 account of sex, race, creed, color, or national origin.
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