Major sponsors for the ball are WGEM-TV, Quincy Recycle, Specs, Gully Transportation, Merrill Wealth Management, Quincy Medical Group, Refreshment Services Pepsi, and Sturhahn Jewelers.
Additional sponsors include J.H. Staff, Inc., County Market, KSG Roofing, Titan International, 3 Branches Boutique and Spa, 8th Avenue Villager, All Phase Property Solutions, Bennett and Middendorf, Kohl Wholesale, McNay Truck Lines, Ron Snider Auto Sales, and WC Holzgrafe Construction, Winters LLP, Buffalo Prairie Dental, Heinze Dance Academy, LOinLondon, Madison & Davis Bicycle Shop LLC, Nicole Ehrhart, Schafer Chiropractic Clinic, Town and Country Bank Mid-West, Wine on Broadway.
Abigail Oakley, daughter of Hal & Kathy Oakley, proudly wearing the Beaux Arts Crown after years of volunteering and fundraising for the Art Center.
The Beaux Arts Ball is a Quincy tradition that helps fund the Quincy Art Center’s exhibitions and educational programs.
Any freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior girl can participate in the Beaux Arts. If you are interested in participating, please contact the Art Center. If you have been invited, consider it an honor as we try to involve young men and women that are already active and making a difference in our community. By taking part, you are continuing a Quincy tradition!
2019’s Beaux Arts Ball is Sunday, December 22, from 6 – 10 pm and will be held at the Oakley Lindsay Center. Coronation starts at 7 pm and immediately after, the dance floor opens and celebrations begin.
One senior high school girl will be crowned Queen at the Beaux Arts Ball coronation. This award is presented to the senior who has raised the most funds overall through sales of tickets, tables, sponsorships, and donations. Queens must sell a minimum of 40 tickets to be eligible as a Queen Candidate. The queen will have her photograph inducted into the Gallery of Queens in the Art Center. The following year, the Queen will represent the Art Center at the Dogwood Parade, Art Center events, and will speak to the incoming queen candidates at the Beaux Arts Tea.
“Art is so much more than color on a canvas, or molded material. Art is language and emotion when the words are hard to find. To me, each of those kids brightened up the world. They were and will continue to have a special place in my heart. The Art Center blessed me with all the wonderful kiddos and helped me develop my desire to volunteer and give back to my community. It helped lead me to my career path which I’ve never been more excited for. I’m extremely grateful to the Art Center for helping me through life. From 10-year-old me to a soon to be successful social work lawyer with a focus in child advocacy. I hope to give back to the Art Center with every chance I get.” –Anika Jackson, excerpt from her speech at the 2019 Beaux Arts Ball
On January 23, 1923, a group of Quincy women created the Quincy Art Club. Their goal was “to foster the aesthetic needs of Quincy and develop among her citizens an appreciation of Art in its broad and universal sense as applied to life.” Today, the Quincy Art Center’s mission is to educate the public by promoting the growth and appreciation of the visual arts through exhibitions and programs. The Art Center is supported in part by membership fees, contributions, grants and proceeds from fundraising events, the most notable of which is the annual Beaux Arts Ball.
It seems most fitting that an organization founded by women is today funded, in part, by the efforts of young women volunteering their time to raise monies through participation in the Beaux Arts. In an effort to recognize not only the fundraising abilities of the queen candidates, the Beaux Arts Ball Commission has decided to implement an award based upon volunteer efforts. The Woman of Achievement Award will be presented during the Beaux Arts Ball Coronation and will be awarded to the young lady who has taken the additional initiative and has accumulated the most volunteer hours at the Quincy Art Center. in order for Queens to be eligible for this award, they must sell the minimum 40 tickets.
Time spent soliciting donations for the Quincy Art Center will not be included in the minimum time requirement. This community service opportunity will be available to all women participating in the Beaux Arts Ball (freshman, sophomore, junior and senior girls). Hours will accumulate beginning in the freshman year. Time sheets will be kept by the Quincy Art Center and tallied on the last business day before the Ball. This opportunity is not mandatory. Volunteering is a wonderful opportunity that can help develop a young woman into a successful, valuable, and contributing member of society. Volunteer opportunities will be handed out at the Beaux Arts Tea (orientation) and listed on the Art Center website.
Due to Covid-19, our 2020 Beaux Arts Ball will be held virtually. The event will stream on the Quincy Art Center’s social media platforms. As this will not be a ticketed event, candidates will be asking individuals and businesses to purchase “votes” instead. Each $20 vote takes the place of a traditional ticket for the event. Financial support from the community for the Art Center is more important than ever. Each $20 donation has the opportunity to help give 4 students access to art materials.