DeKalb Area Arts Council

2017 Call for Artists – DeKalb Sculpture Walk

The 2017 Call For Artists is now posted for the DeKalb Public Sculpture Walk.

The DeKalb Public Sculpture Project seeks artists for the temporary installation of up to ten (10) works for the first DeKalb Arts, Culture and Entertainment (A.C.E.) Corridor Sculpture Walk.

This wonderful event sponsored by the City of DeKalb, DeKalb Park District, and the DeKalb Area Arts Council will occur in 2017. Works will be juried into the exhibition and installed outdoors within the DeKalb A.C.E. Corridor. A group of seven local jurors will curate the entries.

Sculptures must remain in the exhibit for the duration of the exhibit (August 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018).

See all the details here.

DeKalb / NIU Art Walk Scheduled for October 6


5-8 PM  Featured Artists and Art Exhibitions Openings (DeKalb and NIU Venues)

8 PM  NIU Jazz Orchestra & NIU Steelband Performance (Egyptian Theatre)

Come visit and celebrate the hospitality and culture of our DeKalb/NIU art venues, downtown businesses and community organizations.  After an early evening of art viewing and shopping (5-8 PM), top off the evening with an “Art of Swing” performance by the NIU Jazz Orchestra and a “Serious Fun” performance by the NIU Steelband at 8 PM at the Egyptian Theatre.

All 5-8 PM art exhibitions and viewings are free.

The NIU Jazz Orchestra & NIU Steelband performance is $15 for adults and $10 for children, students, and seniors.



Arts Council Announces Advancing Arts Workshops

The DeKalb Area Arts Council presents the Advancing Arts Workshop Series to help strengthen the local arts community.  Whether you are an artist, arts organization, or arts business, these workshops are designed to help you grow your craft.  See the listing for each session for details on the presenters and topic.

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vertigo: Let Your Imagination Soar

A great article on a local arts business featured in the most recent Resource Bank “Your Resource For Living” magazine.  Vertigo (formally Hall Associates Flying FX) is one of many local businesses that are part of the local creative economy.






2015 Arts Summit Public Comments

Happy New Year to you all and thank you for all that you do to contribute to the arts community locally.

The DeKalb Area Arts Council wants to again thank everyone that attending our first ever Arts Summit late last year and those that contacted us separately to provide feedback.  Our board is working very hard to finalize some plans and goals for 2016.

You can now VIEW our “raw data” from the Arts Summit that we wanted to share with all of you.  We have compiled to the best of our ability all the feedback that we received.  We are using all of this tremendous feedback to guide our plans for this year.

Some things to watch for that are coming soon:
1) Presentation of A.C.E. (Arts, Culture, and Entertainment) Corridor Resolution to DeKalb City Council and DeKalb County Board for adoption and recognition.
2) Announcement of 4 educational workshops this spring for the arts community.
3) Announcement of the formation of multiple committees that the board is forming and will be asking for the community to get involved.

Arts Summit 2015

RSVP for Arts Summit 2015

The newly formed DeKalb Area Arts Council invites the public to attend their Arts Summit on Monday, November 16 from 6:00-8:00 PM at the Egyptian Theatre in Downtown DeKalb.

The Arts Council seeks the input from the entire arts sector including visual art, theatre, dance, music, design & architecture, film & media, literature, and more.  Those interested in the arts, supporters of the arts, patrons of the arts, or businesses supporting the arts are all invited to participate in this planning conversation.  There is no cost to attend.

At the Arts Summit the Arts Council will provide a brief overview of how the Council was formed and what the vision of the organization is.  The Summit will feature facilitated small table discussions covering the following topics: what does a thriving arts community look like, what does the area currently offer and excel in the arts, what challenges does the local arts community face, what solutions are needed to solve these challenges, and what value can the Arts Council bring to you and the community?

Following the small table discussions there will be a facilitated large group conversation to prioritize some of the topics for the Arts Council to explore in the coming year.  Additionally there will be a presentation on a new initiative coming soon for DeKalb called the A.C.E. (Arts, Cultural, and Entertainment) Corridor.

The DeKalb Area Arts Council Board of Directors leadership will be in attendance and includes President Alex Nerad, Vice President Jennifer Jeep Johnson, Secretary Deb Loitz, Debbie Armstrong, David Barrow, Billie Giese, David Olson, Heather Priest, and Alicia Schatteman.

The Arts Summit is open to the public but those interested in attending are asked to RSVP so that proper accommodations can be made for all.  To RSVP visit or email or call 815-758-1215.  Thank you to the Egyptian Theatre located at 135 N. 2nd Street in Downtown DeKalb for hosting the Arts Summit.

City of DeKalb Proclamation

Thank you to the City of DeKalb for the Proclamation recognizing October 2015 as Illinois Arts & Humanities Month.  Pictured below is the proclamation and City of DeKalb Mayor John Rey presenting it to DeKalb Area Arts Council Board Member Jenny Jeep Johnson on Monday, October 26, 2015.

DeKalb Arts Proclamation