Arts Alliance Illinois, the nation’s largest statewide network of arts advocates, published an article spotlighting Rockford Art Museum in its December newsletter. Also highlighted was the growing attention on Rockford, referencing the major press coverage touting its comeback and Amazon Air’s expansion, a high-profile adaptive-reuse development, and international praise for locally made, Kartemquin-produced documentary Minding the Gap.

The Arts Alliance interviewed Aimee Floto, the museum’s executive director, and curator Carrie Johnson, and praised the team’s efforts to keep Rockford Art Museum a center of gravity as the city evolves. “We absolutely see ourselves generating forward movement on the social and economic issues that we face,” said Floto. “Our role and responsibility is to engage everyone, especially those who haven’t necessarily felt like an art museum has anything to offer them. Whether we’re a place of peace or refuge, or a place where they can express themselves—in rage or in happiness—any and everyone needs to feel both welcome and represented here.”

The museum has been a member organization of the advocacy network for nearly 20 years. The group’s December 2018 newsletter can be accessed here:

About Arts Alliance Illinois: Through civic engagement, arts education, and cultural equity initiatives, Arts Alliance Illinois promotes the value of the arts and gives voice to a creative state. Learn more at and follow @artsallianceil on social media. To become a member of the Alliance today, visit

About Rockford Art Museum:
Founded in 1913, Rockford Art Museum exists to enrich the quality of life in the Rockford region through art collection, exhibitions and education. RAM is located inside the Riverfront Museum Park at 711 North Main Street in downtown Rockford, Illinois. Learn more at and follow @rockfordart on social media. To become a member of the museum today, visit