The Rockford Area Arts Council supports, promotes, and develops the arts for everyone in our Northern Illinois region.

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Summer Youth Programs

Summer Arts Intensive Apprenticeship for Youth Ages 14-18

June 19-August 7
1:00-5:00 p.m.

Downtown Rockford at Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center and Rockford Dance Company

2017 Teams

Explore the evolution and revolution of dance; use this knowledge to develop and choreograph original works

Improvisation, scene work, monologues and create performances
Visual Arts
Studio work in printmaking, collage, painting and mixed media

Call the Rockford Area Arts Council at 815-963-6765 or download application at ArtsPlaceApplication 2017  

ArtsPlace is free to participants through grants and generous donations 

An Arts Camp for Young Creatives Ages 5-13

June 5-15 (Session 1)
July 10-20 (Session 2)

1:00-4:30 p.m.

Ellis School, 220 S. Central Avenue, Rockford, IL

Campers choose THREE classes!

Art, Creative Writing, Hip Hop Dance, Choir, Dance, Rap, Drama, Video, Guitar

Call the Rockford Area Arts Council at 815-963-6765 or download application at
RAAC Camp Application 2017

RAAC Camp is FREE but donations are welcome!

Rockford New Play Festival
The West Side Show Room is excited to announce the 2017 Rockford New Play Festival. We are accepting submissions of new ten minute plays. For more information and festival rules visit


City Market Artist Registration