Water Street Studios Named ‘Best Art Gallery’ in 2019 Best of the West List

Water Street Studios Named ‘Best Art Gallery’ in 2019 Best of the West

Batavia, IL— West Suburban Living names Water Street Studios “Best Art Gallery” in their 2019 Best of the West list featuring the best that the western suburbs has to offer in nearly 80 different categories.

Water Street Studios was listed among many of their supporting partners including Gaetano’s Restaurant in Batavia (Best Italian Restaurant, Other Favorites), Solemn Oath Brewery (Best Microbrewery/Brewpub, Other Favorites), and K. Hollis Jewelers (Best Jewelry Store, 3rd Place).

Danielle Hollis, the Executive Director of Water Street Studios shares her opinion on what it takes to be the ‘best’ in the burbs, “Our organization believes in collaboration over competition in everything that we do. We utilize the resources we have, which tend to be arts-related, to rally a community around a cause. When you have people working together for a common goal that’s when the magic happens.”

Water Street Studios is a nonprofit art center located in Batavia, Illinois. The organization’s mission is to help make the arts more accessible to the Fox Valley region and beyond. The organization’s vision is to be a cultural hub in the Midwest. The nonprofit art center provides an ever-growing community with art classes, artist studios, community events, gallery exhibitions, free STEAM classes for 3rd through 5th graders, outreach for under-resourced families, private events in a historic venue, and more.

Water Street Studios is open to the public Thursday through Sundays from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m every week. Enjoy their 2nd Friday events from 6-9 p.m. every month featuring new gallery exhibitions, open artist studios, art activities for all ages, cash bar, appetizers, and good company.

For the full list of West Suburban Living’s “2019 Best of the West” list visit: www.westsuburbanliving.net/March-2019/BEST-OF-THE-WEST-2019/



Water Street Studios Receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant

Water Street Studios Receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant
Grant to support general operating support for 26 artist studios.

Batavia, IL — The National Endowment for the Arts is awarding Water Street Studios a $10,000 grant to support the operations of 26 artist studios on site at Water Street Studios.

“The National Endowment for the Arts is committed to ensuring all Americans have access to the arts, whether they are in a small or large, rural or urban area,” said NEA Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter. “We are proud to support organizations such as Water Street Studios that are providing opportunities for more people to experience and engage in the arts in their communities.”

“We are honored to receive this generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts. This grant helps us work towards our vision of sustainable growth for our programming,” says Executive Director, Danielle Hollis.

About the National Endowment for the Arts

Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit arts.gov to learn more about NEA.