Recently, the South Shore Arts Board of Directors elected Joseph Skibbie to join their Board, which he excitedly accepted. Joe brings a unique passion for supporting local artists, business owners, and has a specific enthusiasm for gardening and locally grown food.

“I’m anticipating great things from my involvement with the South Shore Arts Board of Directors. The existing breadth and scope of program offerings is impressive and spreading the word about all the great programs, projects, performances and exhibits of the South Shore Arts organization is something I look forward to being a part of,” said Skibbie.

Joe is the founder and Digital Marketing Strategist for JRS Marketing Communications with offices in Arlington Heights, IL and Crown Point, IN. Joe has been helping small businesses “Be Seen” and “Be Heard” for over 20 years. A traditionalist who cut his teeth in the Financial Services Industry, Joe understands the rapidly shifting Communications environment and brings his experience as a Small Business Advocate and Entrepreneur to his clients. Joe has a grounding in traditional communications practice and shares how integrating digital marketing strategies can expand a campaign’s reach. Joe’s passion is helping his clients grow. 

Joe currently serves as a Board Member of the Rotary Club of Crown Point and has also served on the Arlington Heights Special Events Commission and Arlington Heights Historical Society Boards. Joe is a featured Small Business Development Center lecturer and participant in Buffalo Grove (IL) High School’s program demonstrating his value for community engagement and contribution. JRS Mar/Com excels in web design, analytics, branding, and content marketing for social media and SEO campaigns. Joe’s results driven approach is simplified into a framework that can be applied to businesses of any size or industry.

Positive Regional Impact

South Shore Arts is the Regional Arts Partner in Region 1 for the Indiana Arts Commission responsible for championing artistic efforts across the Lake, Porter, and LaPorte County region and supporting arts organizations of all disciplines. With an enriching history that dates to 1936, South Shore Arts envisions a progressive region along Lake Michigan that employs the arts to transform lives and strengthen communities. Ten artists founded the organization with the purpose “to stimulate interest and appreciation of art in our region.” To make this possible South Shore Arts offers classes for all ages and all skill levels through its two locations in Munster and Hammond. They provide youth outreach like their “everykid” program where they provide an art & literacy experience to139 classrooms and over 3,500 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students across the region – at no cost to the schools.  And they present gallery exhibits for locally, regionally, nationally and internationally known artists while also serving as the Managing Agent for the Northwest Indiana Symphony and its musical concerts and productions. 

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