Free Summer Programs

New Ways | Spark! | Spark in the Park

 

New Ways 

June 20 – July 15 (Four weeks), Monday – Thursday, 2:15 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Ages: Middle and High School
Location: Fairgrounds Boys & Girls Club, 609 Kilburn Ave, Rockford, IL 61101

 

New Ways is an innovative summer program led by local artists and educators with expertise in their fields; youth focus on digital animation, sound art, video production, and 3-D printing. Artist mentors will provide instruction and enthusiastic support to help your young artist create fresh, new ways of looking at the world through art—prepare to have your mind blown by the innovation of the youth!

New Ways 

June 20 – July 15 (Four weeks), Monday – Thursday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Ages: Middle and High School
Location: Fairgrounds Boys & Girls Club, 609 Kilburn Ave, Rockford, IL 61101

 

New Ways is an innovative summer program led by local artists and educators with expertise in their fields; youth focus on digital animation, sound art, video production, and 3-D printing. Artist mentors will provide instruction and enthusiastic support to help your young artist create fresh, new ways of looking at the world through art—prepare to have your mind blown by the innovation of the youth!

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! — Build Mosaic

August 8 – August 19 (Two weeks), Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Ages: Middle and High School
Location: Womanspace, 3333 Maria Linden Dr, Rockford, IL 61114

 

SPARK! Build provides an intensive, hands-on, skill-building apprenticeship program to youths who demonstrate an interest in the arts. Youth will work closely with nationally recognized mosaic artist, Susan Burton, in the planning, construction, and installation of a public sculpture. The student’s mosaic work will be recognized publicly by City of Rockford Mayor, Tom McNamara; additionally, there will be permanent signage installed with a SPARK! Mosaic tribute.

 
 
 
2. SPARK! Build—Somnium Project

June 13 – June 30 (Three weeks), Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Ages: High School
Location: 715 N. Madison Street Rockford, IL

 

SOMNIUM Art Camp will provide an intensive three-week skill-building apprenticeship program to young artists who will have the opportunity to work alongside award-winning local and international artists in an exploration of the theme of dreaming. Students will interact with the theme through various standard and new-media mediums including creative writing, muralism, production animation, prop design and creation, movement, and flow arts.

The students’ artwork will be integrated into an immersive new genre of interactive public art production created by award-winning artists, and their creative writing will be integrated into SOMNIUM: The Book of Dreams and Nightmares, a collection of written works inspired by the theme, published in coordination with the SOMNIUM production by Mentes Extremófilas. Students involved in the SOMNIUM Art Camp will receive two free tickets to attend the production and a copy of SOMNIUM: The Book of Dreams and Nightmares.

SPARK in the Park

July 18 – July 29 (Two weeks), Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Ages: Entering 1st grade – 5th grade
Location: Seascout Building, 1480 N 2nd St, Rockford IL 61107

 

From color studies and nature compositions to music and movement, your young artist’s creative world will expand and unfold through artistic exposure and hands-on experience. Each child rotates through at least three artistic mediums including, but not limited to, dance + movement, art + nature, visual art, and more. Join us this summer for SPARK in the Park! at the Park District’s beautiful Nicholas Conservatory, Rose Garden, and Sea Scout Lodge on the Rock River.