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

The Rockford Area Arts Council announces a regional contest for Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest.  On February 22 students from Jefferson and Roosevelt will participate in the Northern Illinois Poetry Out Loud regional contest at The Nordlof Center in Rockford, IL.  The first and second place winners of this competion advance to Illinois' State Poetry Out Loud Competition, being held Friday, March 9, 2018 in Springfield.  The state champion advances to the Poetry Out Loud National Finals held April 23-25, 2018 in Washington, D.C. where $50,000 in awards and school stipends will be distributed.

The competition, presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation in partnership with the Illinois Arts Council Agency, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition.

Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest
Thursday, February 22, 2018
6:00 p.m.
The Nordlof Center, 118 N. Main Street, Rockford, IL

Attendance is free and open to the public.  For further information, call RAAC at 815-963-6765

Rockford Area Arts Awards
Rockford Area Arts Awards


The Rockford Area Arts Council, Mayor Thomas McNamara and Winnebago County Chairman Frank Haney present the Rockford Area Arts Awards on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 from 5-7 p.m. at the Rockford Art Museum.

Enjoy an evening of visual arts, performances and music, as we honor the artists, performers, planners, and doers who bring beauty to our eyes, and joy to our hearts and souls.  Awards will be given to: Individual Artist, Arts Advocate, Community Impact Award and Creative Cultural Event.  Hors d'oeuvres and cash bar by Abreo Restaurant.  Tickets available at or by calling the Rockford Area Arts Council at 815-963-6765. 

Reservation deadline is February 16, 2018.