April 9, 2013 • 02:15:46 p.m.

Water Street Studio seeking votes for community outreach grant


A previous opening reception at Water Street Studios in Batavia. (File photo by Sandy Bressner -

BATAVIA – Water Street Studios in Batavia could receive a $25,000 grant to help with its community outreach arts education program, Art Flow, which serves Batavia, St. Charles, Geneva and Aurora.

In order for Water Street to receive the grant, Water Street must land a spot among the top 40 nonprofit finalists – out of 200 – decided by votes cast by the public. The 200 finalists were selected by State Farm Neighborhood Assist, a youth-led philanthropic program that empowers communities to identify issues in their neighborhood.

State Farm Neighborhood Assist received more than 3,000 submissions, and narrowed the list down to 200 finalists, from which 40 will be selected, according to a news release.

According to the release, Water Street Studios' Art Flow program allows creativity, collaboration, expression and education by providing free art education to students and women who have financial need or who are under-served in the community. Art Flow artists teach at shelters, low-income housing, organizations and Water Street Studios.

With additional funding from the grant, Water Street will be able to expand Art Flow through advanced art instruction in printmaking, photography, digital art, ceramics and metal work.

Water Street has until April 22 to rally votes. The top 40 vote-receiving causes will be announced April 29 via the State Farm Facebook app, and a $25,000 grant will be awarded to the nonprofits.

In an email received the morning of April 8, Jim Kirkhoff, co-founder of Water Street Studios mentioned that Water Street started off positioned at 32, and have since dropped to position 41 – one spot below qualifying for the grant.

To vote for ART FLOW/Water Street Studios, visit An individual can vote up to 10 times a day.

For more information about ART FLOW and Water Street, visit or call 630-761-9977.

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