RAAC Programs

Education Programs

The Rockford Area Arts Council has a strong commitment to providing opportunities for children which integrate the arts into their education. Through classroom workshops and residencies, In Service training for teachers, and grants to schools, the Arts Council strives to encourage the imagination, curiosity, and creative thinking of students and teachers.

Imagine how exhilarating learning about the human circulatory system can be when taught through dance!
Discover the joy in learning fractions through lessons about musical notes, beat and rhythm!
Experience a history lesson through drama!
Understand world cultures through songs, stories and dance!

The Rockford Area Arts Council offers the services of experienced, inspiring artists and high-quality arts programs which enhance and energize the school curriculum and the lives of our young people.

Arts Education Programs Offered by the Rockford Area Arts Council:

ArtsPlace, a summer program at which pays teen-agers to apprentice to professional teaching artists
Ellis Arts Academy, a program of after school programs in the arts

RAAC Camp, a multi-disciplinary summer camp at Ellis School

Project Full House, a discount ticket program for students in low income families (and their chaperones) to attend area performances for $1

For information about any of these programs, call the Rockford Area Arts Council at 815-963-6765.



In 1995 the Rockford Area Arts Council created ArtsPlace, an artist apprenticeship program for students ages14-18. The “artist apprentices” work in teams under the guidance of professional teaching artists. The teams work in a variety of media which vary year to year. ArtsPlace runs from mid-June through the beginning of August with a culminating performance and sale of art work. Applications are available in March.

ArtsPlace is supported through grants from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, City of Rockford, National Endowment for the Arts, Community Foundation of Northern Illinois, Rockford School District #205, Alpine Kiwanis and individual donations. Please contact the Rockford Area Arts Council for more information on ArtsPlace and sponsorship opportunities.


ArtsPlace 2018

June 18-August 10, 2018
1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Downtown Rockford

Apprentice application 2018



The Rockford Area Arts Council offers RAAC Camp, a two-week Arts camp for young creatives, ages 5-13 who love to sing, draw, dance, rap and make movies culminating with a performance and art exhibit for family and friends.  RAAC Camp is supported by the Illinois Arts Council Agency, City of Rockford, Community Foundation of Northern Illinois, Rockford School District #205, Alpine Kiwanis and JoAnn Shaheen.

RAAC Camp 2018

July 9-26, 2018
1:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Ellis School

RAAC Camp Registration 2018


Project Full House

Through the generous support of participating organizations, tickets for great performances are available for just $1! The Project Full House program provides students of all ages with affordable access to local performances and to assist arts organizations in achieving a “full house” with students occupying unsold seats.

It’s simple….

  • Call 815-963-6765 for ticket availability.
  • Tickets are available two business days before the day of the performance and are on a first-come first-serve basis.
  • Tickets are only available at the RAAC office, 713 E. State Street during regular business hours.
  • The number of tickets available to an individual patron may be limited.
  • Must provide students name, school, grade and email.

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Rockford Area Arts Council
713 E State St.
Rockford, IL 61104
info @ artsforeveryone.com