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Community Concierge Magazine

November 25, 2017

Winter 17/18

"The Art of Connection"

Artists and art teacher, Stacey Gross, share her own unique take on photography with the local art community and her students.

Art Now video feature: Stacey Gross

November 03, 2016

Art Now is a monthly television programming about local art that is made possible by volunteer members of the Public Arts Commission. Since July 2010, Art Now has featured numerous artists working in Champaign-Urbana and the surrounding areas. A joint production by the Urbana Public Arts Program and Urbana Public Television, Art Now highlights members of the Urbana's creative community and introduces local artists to the viewers of the program.

Developing Skills Champagn Urbana Schools Foundation

December 02, 2016

Centennial High School art teacher Stacey Gross wanted to provide her AP Studio Art students with the opportunity to learn a range of printmaking skills, so she applied for an I.D.E.A. Grant from Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation. With funding from the grant she was able to take her students on a field trip to the Nobel Ink Laboratory on the University of Illinois campus.

Teacher ACE Award winner- Stacey Gross- YouTube

November 02, 2016

VIDEO: Teacher ACE Award – Stacey Gross, for 20+ years of creative and passionate approaches to merging arts and education by remaining thoughtful and attentive to the individual needs of her students, co-sponsoring Centennial’s Gay-Straight Alliance, enthusiastically encouraging her students to reach their full potential, and fostering risk taking and experimentation in their work.

40 North ACE Awards 2016

October 04, 2016

And the winners are...

Teacher ACE Award – Stacey Gross, for 20+ years of creative and passionate approaches to merging arts and education by remaining thoughtful and attentive to the individual needs of her students, co-sponsoring Centennial’s Gay-Straight Alliance, enthusiastically encouraging her students to reach their full potential, and fostering risk taking and experimentation in their work.

40 North Announces ACE Award Winners

October 06, 2016

Champaign County, IL – 40 North | 88 West proudly announces the winners of the 2016 ACE (Arts, Culture, and Education) Awards. All seven ACE Award winners embody the spirit of the local arts community with their passion, energy, and dedication to the creative culture of Champaign County. Please join us for the 2016 ACE Awards Celebration on Thursday, October 27th, 5:30pm at City Center in Champaign in honoring their outstanding contributions!

Smile Politely: 1000 Cranes in the Sipyard

June 21, 2016

"1,000 Cranes for Peace Paste-Up is our response to the tragic events that affected us and our community over the weekend- the shooting at Pulse in Orlando and Matt Farrell's untimely death at the hand of a gun. We both felt a sense of helplessness, frustration, and sadness that weighed on us. I went to the vigil for Orlando on Tuesday night feeling really down and left just a bit better, because of the presence of friends and community, but I still had to keep convincing myself that peace would prevail."

Press Release: State Board, IFT and IEA recognize more than 25 exemplary educators for their performance

June 21, 2016

The Illinois State Board of Education, along with the Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT) and the Illinois Education Association (IEA), will honor 29 educators who have been selected by their professional education organizations as the best in their fields of expertise during the 2015-16 school year. The teachers will be recognized during a luncheon Tuesday, June 21, at the Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.

40 North 88 West: Sky Gallery

May 02, 2016

Sky Gallery is an outlet for local artists to display their work on possibly the largest canvas in town: billboards! Sky Gallery is a unique opportunity for an artist to share their creativity with the community on a whole new level. Congratulations to these 6 artists who will have their image featured on a custom 10' x 30' billboard for 12 months starting the week of May 2, 2016! The boards will move to various locations throughout Champaign-Urbana. 

News-Gazette: Honoree provides validation, encouragement to young artists

April 20, 2016

Thursday, Gross will be honored as one of the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois' six Women of Distinction for her impact in creative arts and entertainment in the community.

"Young artists crave validation and encouragement, which Stacey provides tenfold," said Kelly White, executive director of 40 North 88 West, who nominated her for the award after working with her on the Eric Show high school art competition, the ACE Awards and other programs.


April 01, 2016

Centennial High School teacher Stacey Gross has been selected as one of the 2016 Girl Scouts of Central Illinois (GSCI) Women of Distinction. Ms. Gross has been selected as the honoree in the Creative Arts and Entertainment category. Five women who have made standout contributions to the community in the areas of arts, business, education, public service, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), and lifetime volunteerism will be recognized at an annual celebration on April 21 at CityView Banquet and Meeting Center in Champaign.

Congratulations to Alumni Stacey Gross

December 07, 2015

The Illinois Art Education Association has named Stacey Gross of Centennial High School in Champaign, IL the 2015 Illinois Art Educator of the Year.


This award recognizes the exemplary contributions, service and achievements of one outstanding IAEA member annually. The award will be presented at the Illinois Art Education Association Conference at the Hilton Hotel in Lisle, IL on November 6th, 2015. Ms. Gross is a resident of Champaign, Illinois. Stacey Gross was selected for this award on the basis of her outstanding commitment to visual art education at the local, regional, and national level.

Indiana Uninversity East Asian Studies Center: K-12 East Asian Connection

December 07, 2015

Alumni Spotlight: Congratulations to NCTA alumna Stacey Gross of Champaign Centennial High School, who has been recognized as the 2015 Illinois Art Educator of the Year by the Illinois Art Education Association! 

Illinois’ art educator of the year teaches right here in C-U

October 19, 2015

... Her colleagues and superiors recognize her progressive teaching techniques and her extraordinary advocacy for the arts. Gross claims inspiration to be the best teacher possible comes from her peers, administrators, mentors and collaborators. 

The award will be presented at the IAEA Conference in Lisle, Illinois on November 6, 2015. 

Illinois Art Educator of the Year: Stacey Gross

October 19, 2015

Centennial teacher Stacey Gross has been named 2015 Illinois Art Educator of the Year. The award presented by the Illinois Art Education Association shines a spotlight on one outstanding IAEA member, for exemplary contributions, service and achievement. Ms. Gross' dedication to visual arts at the local, regional, and national level is cited as the reason she was chosen as recipient. BIO LINK

News-Gazette: School club has paid its dues

September 19, 2015

When art teacher Stacey Gross and a colleague started Centennial High School's Gay Straight Alliance club 10 years ago, the global conversation about LGBT rights was at a very different point than it is today.

News-Gazette: GSA Day Proclamation

June 03, 2015

New mayor DEB FRANK FEINEN is due to visit the high school at 9 a.m. today to issue a proclamation saluting psychologist ONDINE GROSS and art teacher STACEY GROSS for helping a student-led organization with more than 30 members in grades 9-12.

Smile Politely: Today declared Gay-Straight Alliance Day

June 03, 2015

Champaign Mayor Deb Frank Feinen and Councilman Matthew Gladney visited Centennial High School today to honor educators Ondine Gross and Stacey Gross for their work with Centennial's Gay-Straight Alliance.

The event was a part of the last faculty meeting of the year, with Feinen and Gladney speaking towards the tail end. Gladney spoke about his experience at Centennial and was proud to see the faculty backing such an important program.

News-Gazette: Putting a spotlight on talented local artists

February 15, 2015

Jennifer Shelby sure is right about this: Many fine artists call Champaign-Urbana home, and more people need to know about them.She helped in that regard by buying a share in the first-ever Community Supported Art program introduced last year by 40 North 88 West, the Champaign County arts council.

Art is Work- YouTube

February 11, 2013

Look ma... my hands!!! 

One of many local artists featured in the "Art is Work" promo video from 40 North, Champaign County's arts consortium 

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