Date: May 16, 2011
Contact: Eric Matanyi
Governors State University
Phone: (708) 534-4044
Fax: (708) 534-8399
For Immediate Release
Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park at Governors State University Receives Tourism Grant
University Park, Illinois, May 16, 2011 – The Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park at Governors State University recently received a $1,932 Local Tourism Marketing Grant from the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The grant will help promote sculpture park visits by enabling the park to print rack cards and brochures. The new materials will be distributed in locations outside the Chicago Southland, including sites throughout the city of Chicago and at state entry points.
“This grant provides us with the funding to interact directly with visitors to Chicago who are searching for an affordable alternative to the Museum Campus. The Southland has so much to offer visitors from all over the world and we are proud to be a part of it,” said Geoffrey Bates, Director and Curator for the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park.
The nationally recognized park contains 27 works and continues to offer innovative programming for the entire Chicagoland region. Located just 34 miles directly south of Chicago’s Loop business district and connected by a one-hour Metra train ride to the Millennium Park station, the park is easily accessible by train, automobile, or tour bus.
The Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau distributes up to $66,000 annually to Southland municipalities and not-for-profit organizations to promote events designed to draw visitors into the Chicago Southland region for overnight stays. These visitors contribute substantially to the Southland economy by patronizing local businesses, including hotels, restaurants, and retail stores.
“The local Tourism Grant program is a way for the Bureau to extend its marketing reach,” said Jim Garret, CDME, President/CEO of the Chicago Southland CVB. “The marketing efforts by our communities – in addition to marketing efforts by the Bureau – help us better promote the many festivals and event and area attractions throughout the Southland to potential visitors.”
For information on the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park at Governors State University visit www.govst.edu/sculpture.