Eight high school students, including two from Ottawa High and one from Streator High, will be honored by North Central Illinois (NCI) ARTworks during the second annual Mad Hatter Ball on Friday, Sept. 28, at Celebrations 150 in Utica.
“The centerpiece of our annual arts celebration will be honoring eight local high school students who are outstanding in the visual or performing arts,” said Chris Coughlin, president of NCI ARTworks, in a news release. “We also will have the pleasure of experiencing their inspired vocal, instrumental and dance performances and visual arts displays during an exciting evening of music, art and merriment.”
The honorees include:
• Cori Lindig, vocalist, junior at Ottawa High School.
• Brody Snook, guitarist, senior at Ottawa High School.
• Alina Johnson, oboist, junior at Streator High School.
• Macy Anderson, vocalist, sophomore at La Salle-Peru High School.
• Jessica Znaniecki, flutist, senior at La Salle-Peru High School.
• Téanna Cattani, visual artist, junior at Hall High School.
• Jacob Stohr, vocalist, senior at Mendota High School.
• Natalie Suarez, dancer, senior in home school.
Hosting the event will be local actor Greg Tullis, who will reprise his role as the Mad Hatter. Tullis will introduce performances, lead the Parade of Hats hand-crafted by local artists and crown the Queen of ARTS.
The event also will feature music by Sean Walsh and a performance by La Salle Dance Center dancers, a DJ, food stations, cash bar, balloon prize pop, games, raffles, prizes, and more. Fancy dress is not required, but fancy hats are encouraged.
Coughlin said three candidates are vying for the Queen of ARTS crown. The winner will be the candidate with the greatest number of votes. Voting begins online Tuesday, Aug. 28, and closes Thursday, Sept. 27. The Queen of ARTS will be announced during the Mad Hatter Ball.
“This truly will be an evening of inspired art — with a splash of whimsy — to celebrate the arts and support arts programming and activities for all ages in all of our communities,” Coughlin said.
Tickets for the ball can be ordered at nciartworks.com or purchased at A&B Paint Supply, 1321 Wenzel Road, Peru; Janko Realty, 2011 Rock St., Peru; and Music Suite 408, 408 Fifth St., Peru.
For information about sponsoring a table of eight, email firstname.lastname@example.org.