Little City's Center for the Arts Receives Service Award from The Arc of Illinois

Little City's Center for the Arts Receives Service Award from The Arc of Illinois

Palatine, IL

Little City was recently honored with the Distinguished Service Award from The Arc of Illinois for its Center for the Arts program. The positive impact this program has made in the lives of individuals with disabilities made Little City stand out from other service providers.

This award acknowledges an organization that offers an exemplary, unique and innovative program resulting in people with intellectual and developmental disabilities achieving full participation in the life of the community. The award is presented to the provider whose services are a model of excellence to others.

"This award took me by surprise, I never expect awards-the work is its own reward," said Little City Center for the Arts Administrator Frank Tumino. "At the same time it's really nice to be recognized, and I'm especially thankful to think that this may cause more people to view Share My Kingdom, putting the spotlight back where it belongs on our wonderful artists and their creations."

For more than 20 years, the Center for the Arts has provided children and adults with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to explore and expand their unique and creative talents, promoting a sense of accomplishment and empowerment through the arts.

Little City staff member Theresa Fifarek was honored with the QIDP Award from The Arc of Illinois, for providing outstanding dedicated service to individuals with disabilities. In her current role as a Case Manager, Fifarek is responsible for the care and well-being of 10 children who live in a Little City group home. She has worked at Little City for more than five years.