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ArtsPlace....Mentoring Youth Development Through the Arts
 The Rockford Area Arts Council is accepting applications for ArtsPlace, a summer arts apprenticeship program for youth between 14-18 years old. The youth work under the direction of professional artists to create art to sell and perform for the public.  ArtsPlace increases artistic skills and provides work experience for future employment and college applications.
Youth work as apprentices in teams and create work individually and collectively. Proceeds earned from tickets and art sales are awarded to the youth based on points earned for punctuality, productivity, and demonstrating initiative.  Since 1995 more than 1,200 youth have benefited from ArtsPlace apprenticeships and this summer marks the twenty-first year of the program.
ArtsPlace will be held from June 29-August 10, Monday-Fridays, 12:30-4:30 PM. 2015 teams and artists include Dance (Rockford Dance Company), Visual Arts-printmaking, mixed media, and mural (Bruce McDonald, Corey Hagberg, various guest artists) and Interdisciplinary Performance Arts-theater, poetry, creative writing, etc. (TBA).

Applications Due June 1, 2015

2015 Apprentice Application


The Rockford Area Arts Council's RAAC Camp, an arts camp for young creatives ages 5-13, who love to sing, dance, draw, rap and make movies will begin on Monday, June 15 at Ellis Arts Academy, 220 S. Central Avenue.  RAAC Camp will be held Monday-Friday, June 15-26 from 1-4:30 pm.  A performance and art exhibit for family and friends on Friday, June 26, 2:30 pm in the Ellis Theater.

RAAC Camp is free due to the generosity of individual donors, grants, and in-kind support from the Rockford School District who waived the rental fee under the condition the camp does not require tuition.  Please consider making a free will donation to the Rockford Area Arts Council for RAAC Camp to ensure this camp will continue in the future.

Students are taken on a first come first serve basis until seats are filled.

Call Sharon at 815-963-6765 for more information

 RAAC Camp Registration Form.pdf