SPARK! Is the Rockford Area Arts Council’s summer program incubator that was developed due to COVID-related restrictions that limited outreach for their former summer art apprenticeship program, ArtsPlace. SPARK! Is a new approach to an intensive, hands-on, skill-building, apprenticeship program that provides youths, who demonstrate an interest in the arts, an opportunity to work closely with local artists in a variety of mediums.

The primary focus of SPARK! Is community building and positive social connection through the arts. This year’s projects demonstrate the Arts Council’s commitment to Black Lives Matter and the Women’s Suffrage Centennial through public sculpture and community murals.