Welcome to the Rockford Area Arts Council!

Celebrating Over 30 Years of Supporting the Arts.

Spring ArtScene is April 21st & 22nd!

Our mission is to support, promote, & develop access to the arts in the Rockford Region.

Support the Arts Council by becoming a member today!

Poet Laureate

A City Poet Laureate is an honorary position; Poets Laureate promote literacy and literature among residents of all ages.


ArtScene is a regional, biannual, gallery walk hosted at over 30 locations throughout Winnebago County.

Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation.

Summer Programs

Learn more about the RAAC’s summer programs serving the community’s youth.


Arts Advocacy

The Arts Council facilitates access to the arts for children, adults, and seniors, stretching economic and social barriers through our support.

Arts Directory

Find various artists in the greater Rockford are right here.  Artists are searchable by a variety of categories.

About the RAAC

The Rockford Area Arts Council supports, promotes, and develops access to the arts for everyone!

Art stretches across economic and social barriers, and, through member support, the Arts Council facilitates access to the arts for children, adults, and seniors. We achieve this goal by granting money to artists and arts organizations that oversee programs to under-served communities; supporting arts education and programming; developing collaborative relationships with the City of Rockford, the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Transform Rockford, and regional school districts; overseeing events that showcase local talent; and advocating for the arts at the local, state, and federal level.

Our Partners:

Become a Member

Join today or contribute to support the arts! Your gift supports artists, promotes arts and cultural organizations and develops the awareness of the importance of the arts for everyone.

Help make our vision a reality! 


Help make our vision a reality! Join today or contribute to support the arts!

Your gift supports the artists, promotes arts, and cultural organizations and develops the awareness of the importance of the arts for everyone.

(4) ArtDeTriumph

(4) ArtDeTriumph

Painting of Rockford, Chicago & the World New works in oil and pastel, along with complete tours of an historic Barloga home, which houses our gallery, frameshop and learning center by Nancie King Mertz. 905 Ridgewood Rd.

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(2) 317 Art Collaborative

(2) 317 Art Collaborative

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