Jennifer Antkowiak Etscheid for Queen of 'Arts 2019
"I'm so excited to be one of the candidates for Queen of Arts for the 3rd annual Mad Hatter Ball!
The arts have always been a staple in my life. I started playing the flute when I was 10, fell in love with Phantom of the Opera thanks to Mr. Whaley's band program, played in the Illinois Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra and Illinois Valley Flute Ensemble throughout high school. While in college, I worked as an event coordinator at the Doudna Fine Arts Center.
In 2017, I returned home, after finishing my master’s degree, to make a difference in my hometown. The Illinois Valley provided me with so many opportunities to succeed in the arts. It is now my turn to give back. I have the pleasure of teaching flute and flute choir at Music Suite 408 with Sue Gillio. I am acting as business manager of the Illinois Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra. I teach general music at Deer Park Grade School, and work with the theatre program at LaSalle-Peru Township High School. I am also helping NCI Artworks to grow and foster art and arts education as a volunteer and bookkeeper.
I'm doing my art part because I love teaching and encouraging young artists and musicians to find their voice. Teaching and helping the arts grow in our community has brought me so much joy over the past two years. I hope to continue fostering the love of art, music, and theatre with all of my students and the community for years to come."
One dollar donated equals one vote. The minimum online donation is $3.
We invite you to attend the coronation. The selection is based totally on which of the three candidates has the most votes by Thursday, September 19th at midnight. The "Queen" will be announced at The Mad Hatter Ball at Celebrations 150, La Salle on the evening of September 20th. (All of these candidates are "arts royalty" in our minds.)
The WOW factors for attending the Mad Hatter Ball are experiencing outstanding performances and displays by seven talented student honorees - and - knowing your $35 ticket helps ARTworks make great arts happen for students, adults, seniors and the community all year long.WOW! Plus there'll be great food, games and whimsy to share with friends and family. Buy tickets here.