New Ways 

The Rockford Area Arts Council, in partnership with New Genres Arts Space and United Way of the Rock River Valley, host New Ways–an innovative summer program led by local artists and educators, who hold degrees from internationally recognized universities in their mediums of choice, and focus on digital animation, sound art, video production, journalism,  and 3-D printing.  

The pioneering partnership between the Arts Council, New Genres, and United Way affords its participants an introduction to digital, time-based, socially-engaging, contemporary experimental art—doesn’t that sound like a blast? It is! Registration preference will be given to those in United Way’s Strong Neighborhoods with zip codes of 61101 and 61104.  Programs will be held at two locations and will run from June 21st through August 5th – 1PM to 5PM Monday – Thursday.  Please visit New Ways for more information.

Registration opens in April; Youth, ages 8-18, are eligible to register for New Ways 

New Ways 

The Rockford Area Arts Council, in partnership with New Genres Arts Space and United Way of the Rock River Valley, host New Ways–an innovative summer program led by local artists and educators, who hold degrees from internationally recognized universities in their mediums of choice, and focus on digital animation, sound art, video production, journalism,  and 3-D printing.  

The pioneering partnership between the Arts Council, New Genres, and United Way affords its participants an introduction to digital, time-based, socially-engaging, contemporary experimental art—doesn’t that sound like a blast? It is! Registration preference will be given to those in United Way’s Strong Neighborhoods with zip codes of 61101 and 61104.  Programs will be held at two locations and will run from June 21st through August 5th – 1PM to 5PM Monday – Thursday.  Please visit New Ways for more information.

Registration opens in April; Youth, ages 8-18, are eligible to register for New Ways  

2021 SPARK!

Significant Public Art Apprenticeships in Rockford! 

SPARK! Is the Rockford Area Arts Council’s new summer art program that provides an intensive, hands-on, skill-building, apprenticeship program to youths who demonstrate an interest in the arts. Youth have the unique 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. SPARK! projects focus on the development of public art for the experience of the youth and the enjoyment of the Rockford Region.  

2021 SPARK!

Significant Public Art Apprenticeships in Rockford! 

SPARK! Is the Rockford Area Arts Council’s new summer art program that provides an intensive, hands-on, skill-building, apprenticeship program to youths who demonstrate an interest in the arts. Youth have the unique 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. SPARK! projects focus on the development of public art for the experience of the youth and the enjoyment of the Rockford Region.  

1. SPARK! Mosaic Sculpture creation
  • 10 high school students, ages 13-18
  • July 12- Aug 5 (Four weeks), Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Location: Womanspace, https://www.mapquest.com/us/illinois/womanspace-275189473
  • Creating student-designed mosaic sculptures to be installed in neighborhoods
    • Concepts: Mosaic 
    • SPARK! Participants will work directly with WSC mosaic sculpture artist, Susan Burton
    • SPARK! Participants will learn how to fill paper patterns with ceramic mosaic design elements that are pre-cut and transfer the ceramic patterns onto the forms 
    • SPARK! Participants will work with assistant instructor to record their skill-building and promote the SPARK! program and sculpture unveiling
    • SPARK! Participants will mentor younger participants, preparing smaller elements that will be incorporated into the tower designs: mosaic flowers, butterflies, hands, stars, etc..
    • SPARK! Participants will provide their own drinks, snacks. Class ends before lunch.
    • Poet Laureate Extension: Christine Swanberg, Poet Laureate, will visit for the installation and give a speech for public showcase
2. SPARK! Builds: Community Treasure Boxes
  • 15 junior high/high school students, ages 13-18
  • July 12 – Aug 5th,(four weeks) Mon – Thurs 9am-12:30pm
  • Location: Womanspace outdoor pavilion 
  • SPARK! Participants will work with local artists and local Tradesperson representative on the composition and execution of a Community Treasure Box
  • SPARK! Participants will work with lead artist to complete Community Treasure Boxes for specific neighborhood communities
  • SPARK! Participants will provide their own drinks and snacks. Class will be over before lunch.

SPARK in the Park

Summer Camp
  • 8 elementary-age students per class, ages 8-12
  • July 19-29 (two weeks), Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Work to be completed at the Nicholas Conservatory, Rose Garden and Sea Scout House (near Rose Garden, used for inclement weather, planning, and sound work) https://goo.gl/maps/x64uCKvE7p3rs5GT9
    • SPARK! participants will sign up for 3  50-minute arts classes at the Nicholas Conservatory
    • SPARK! participants will rotate through Dance & Motion, Art in Nature, and Creative writing & expression
    • SPARK! Participants will provide their own drinks and snacks. Classes will be over before lunch

Youth, ages 8-18, are eligible to register for SPARK!