050223KP2253NAPERVILLE – The College of DuPage Foundation is set to receive $53,000 to boost local tourism efforts, thanks to support from State Senator Laura Ellman.

“Funding for the arts has dwindled in recent years,” said Ellman (D-Naperville). “Art is a great way to attract tourists and invite them into the wonderful community of Glen Ellyn.”

The Illinois Travel and Tourism Grant Program awarded $2.9 million in funding to 51 local governments, municipalities and nonprofit agencies for the development of tourist attractions and events. Additionally, the state will be matching funds to offset marketing expenses for expenditures such as promotional materials and production costs.

The College of DuPage Foundation expects to use the award to support the Andy Warhol Portfolios: A Life in Pop exhibition at the College of DuPage.

“Finding a way to uplift the arts and the College of DuPage Foundation is a great way to kick off tourism season this spring,” Ellman said. “I look forward to tourists learning about a portion of the beautiful community I am fortunate to represent.”

To view a full list of Illinois Travel and Tourism Grant Program recipients, click here.

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