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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 May 1, 2015

2015 Apprentice Application

Rockford New Play Festival Submissions
The Rockford Area Arts Council and West Side Show Room seek 10-minute scripts for the 2nd Annual Rockford New Play Festival. 
A selection committee will choose 4-6 original plays for the Festival which will be held August 22 & 23, 2015.

Plays of all genres and styles are welcome.  The 2014 festival featured playwrights from Rockford, Chicago, New York and Georgia.
Deadline for submissions: Friday, May 15, 2015
On-line submission form and instructions are at
Selected plays will be performed as staged readings by a cast of professional actors directed by Mike Werckle, Artistic Director of West Side Show Room.

For more information, contact Sharon Nesbit-Davis at the Rockford Area Arts Council,

Spring ArtScene

The Rockford Area Arts Council will present the 13th Annual Spring ArtScene on Friday, April 10 from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday, April 11 from 4-9 p.m.  Spring ArtScene showcases original works of art at 39  different venues across the Rockford and the Rockford metro area.  Admission is free and it's a great opportunity to purchase artwork!  Enjoy new exhibits and original works of art in varied media of watercolor, acrylic, wood, sculpture, pottery, furniture, jewelry, photography and multi-media.