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


2018 Art Moves Des Plaines

Call for works for the 2018 Art Moves Des Plaines Pop-Up exhibit are now available. Look for more information here.

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Public Art Forum

Gathering Ideas for the 21st Century in Des Plaines

You are invited to a Public Art Forum Thursday, February 15 from 4:30-5:30 PM at Frisbie Senior Center.  We know that the Arts enhance the quality of life for residents, workers, and visitors. The Arts represent a tangible commitment to our public environment. The Des Plaines Arts Council is ready and able to make a commitment to help serve as a catalyst for revitalization BUT we need YOUR input and ideas. Public Art Forum flyer

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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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Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Des Plaines Arts Council Youth Scholarship Program.

Download the cover letter and application form here: 2018 Des Plaines Arts Council Youth Scholarship Application

Applications are due on March 31, 2018.  Completed applications, and letters of reference can be emailed to scholarships@dpartscouncil.org

For further information contact Donna Catlett at (847) 296-1409 or Linda Traina at (847) 341-4146. Thank you for your interest!

About the Des Plaines Arts Council 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.

Since 1998 the Des Plaines Arts Council has awarded more than $60,000 in scholarships to eligible youth. These scholarships are to be used to pursue advanced study in the fine, performing or literary arts.  Eligible programs include, but are not limited to, private lessons or classes and summer music, speech, drama and visual art camps.  For high school seniors scholarships can be applied towards freshman college or specialty school tuition for any artistic major. Applicants must have a Des Plaines mailing address. More information here

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Public Art Forum

We know that the Arts enhance the quality of life for residents, workers, and visitors. The Arts represent a tangible commitment to our public environment. The Des Plaines Arts Council is ready and... READ MORE