The ACE Award Committee organizes our annual ACE Awards event. The ACE Awards celebrate and recognize outstanding contributions to the cultural life of Champaign County. The awards are given out during National and Illinois Arts & Humanities Month.

Nominees for the ACE Awards are not limited to, but may include: artists, students, faculty, non-profit administrative staff, business owners and employees, elected and appointed officials, and other individuals and organizations actively supporting our creative community. A panel of independent judges who represent a broad cross- section of the community select a winner in each of the seven categories.

Meeting Time: July-October



The Boneyard Arts Festival is a unique event showcasing the wealth of talent and the vital partnership between our arts, culture and education community and local businesses. The festival stimulates economic, social and educational growth and provides an opportunity for people of every age, background and interest to experience a variety of visual, literary and performing arts in one festive weekend. The Boneyard Arts Festival Committee is comprised of several committees. There is the Core Committee, which the Chair presides over and this committee consists of District Chairs and representatives from the Public Image Committee and Development Committee. Each district, ie Champaign, Urbana, UIUC campus, Rantoul, Mahomet, etc. has a chair and its own respective committee.

Meeting Time: August-May



The Resource Development Committee advises the board on how to secure financial contributions and other needed resources from a diversity of sources to support the mission of 40 North. The Development Committee directs all fundraising campaigns.


  • Identify long-term fundraising needs
  • Develop strategies to meet those needs
  • Manage and guide the board’s fundraising activities
  • Develop and implement yearly fundraising plan/campaign

Meeting Time: monthly 



The Gala Committee coordinates the annual gala including auction item solicitation and management as well as general event planning. The sole purpose of the Gala is to raise funds for 40 North and is the organization’s largest single fundraising event of the year.

Meeting Time: August-February



The Arts Education Committee assesses community arts education needs and existing resources, as well as assists 40 North staff in acting as the regional representative for the Poetry Out Loud program, coordinating the Eric Show, and partnering with existing organizations to establish pilot programs serving to further the goals of arts education. 

Meeting Time: bimonthly and as needed



The Public Image Committee supports the mission of 40 North by promoting the mission, activities, partnerships and overall brand of the organization at the local, state and national levels. Components include: website, e-newsletters, printed collateral (brochures, fliers, postcards, etc.), radio, television, billboards, banners, press conferences, and social media. 


  • Develop marketing and PR plans for major events such as the ACE Awards and Boneyard Arts Festival
  • Develop and implement yearly marketing plan
  • Assist other committees as needed with public relations and marketing

Meeting Time: monthly

If you are interested in volunteering for any of these committees, please contact Kelly White at