Glen Ellyn Jazz Fest Partners Split After Five Years

The College of DuPage will no longer participate in the annual music event in downtown Glen Ellyn.

Glen Ellyn's annual Jazz Fest is changing its tune.

The partnership that annually brings acclaimed musicians to downtown Glen Ellyn is dissolving, according to officials. The Glen Ellyn Chamber of Commerce will continue with a "new event," while the partners and White Space Design step away.  

Stephen Cummins, director of McAninch Arts Center, released a statement Thursday evening that stated, "The Glen Ellyn Chamber of Commerce has informed us of its intent to create a new event with an emphasis on raising funds for the chamber."

The statement went on to say that the original partners -- McAninch Arts Center, White Space Design, and WDCB Public Radio -- do not support this new direction.

Officials from College of DuPage and the chamber the partners were having ongoing discussions to decide the fate of the sixth-annual event.

At this time more specific information on the July 14 event is unavailable. Stay tuned to Patch for more details.   

J. Burket April 27, 2012 at 05:46 PM
We can speak privately. More than happy to share my knowledge of the situation with you. I am 100% my facts are right and accurate. BTW, she never stated anything other than the relationship was torn asunder. Always wanted a reason to use that term.
J. Burket April 27, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Slam duck? Maybe you're right after all, Rob.
Frank Renzi April 27, 2012 at 06:28 PM
It all boils down to the groups not wanting to partner with each other. All of the partners put their own individual interests ahead of the audience’s/artists’/Glen Ellyn’s. Really a shame…
Mary April 28, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Frank, I agree with you. With all of the exceptionally bright and talented people living in Glen Ellyn, there should be a vision of where we are going as a COMMUNITY, determine what are our strengths and areas of opportunity are and how do we move towards that vision together. Sadly, every time I turn around, each organization is watching out for it's own agenda. They forget that you can achieve more en force as a team than individually. There is no I (single organization) in team (community). More people would jump on board volunteering if they felt we, as a Village, were really working together towards a better place to live versus fulfilling our own agendas (political and personal). This makes me sad as it was an incredible opportunity to draw people into our community for a civilized event (not like a big drinking fest that some fests in other communities have evolved into) that created a communal and fun environment for all of the citizens of Glen Ellyn to enjoy.
GE Towny April 30, 2012 at 03:30 AM
From what I've heard, all skuddlebutt of course, Jim Burket has nailed it. It's NOT as Frank suggests "all of the partners putting their own interests ahead of..." but rather one partner - The Chamber - that has put it's own interests before the best interest of the event. After all, it was the Chamber that started all of this when it informed the Mac and WDCB that it had other plans for the event rather than continuing on in the same fashion that had already produced five excellent festivals. If not for the Chamber's greed, I'm sure planning would be underway for a sixth excellent year!


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