Our purpose and goal is to strengthen, support, and encourage involvement in the arts of the community.

2020 Youth Scholarship Program

The Arts Council awards scholarships in two categories. Students currently in grades 4 through 8 are eligible for a maximum of $500, while students in grades 9 through 12 are eligible for a maximum of $1000.

Applications were due March 31, 2020. The evaluation process has been delayed due to the COVID-19 situation.

If you have questions about the status of your application, please email scholarships@dpartscouncil.org.

Scholarship Application Form for 4th Grade to 8th Grade Students

Teacher Recommendation Form

Scholarship Application Form for 9th to 12th Grade Students

More information here


First Thursdays at the Frisbie

The Call for Works for First Thursdays at the Frisbie is now open.

For more information & to submit works for First Thursdays.





Des Plaines History Center Mural

The Des Plaines Arts Council, in conjunction with the Des Plaines History Center and the City of Des Plaines, commissioned an outdoor mural by artist Jason Watts on the south wall of Des Plaines History Center building, located at 781 Pearson Street, Des Plaines, which is now completed and can be viewed.

Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce Art Gallery

The Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce Art Gallery is a co-operative venture between the Des Plaines Art Council and Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce. This is another venue for artists from all over the world to show and sell their work. Des Plaines is a community that celebrates and supports the arts..

Exhibits run for 2 – 3 months, depending on schedule for each artist.

Call for Works for the Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce Art Gallery are now available. For more information and to submit works.


Join Us

The Des Plaines Arts Council meets on the second Tuesday of each month (except August and December) at 7:30 am at the Prairie Lakes Community Center, 515 E. Thacker St., Des Plaines.


Become a Member

Join us in our mission to strengthen, encourage, and support the arts community of Des Plaines. For as little as $25/year you can help support projects like Art Moves Des Plaines and our important Des Plaines Arts Council Scholarships.

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2019 Scholarship Recipients


Elementary Nicolette Fox (Science and Arts Academy) Mohnish Soni  (Iroquois) Callie Weinert (Chippewa)   High School Jessica Schneider (Maine West) Juhi Soni (Maine West) Samantha Sukosol (Maine West) READ MORE