Pictures of smiling people showing off their artwork. Text reads: Spring ArtScene @ CFNIL April 22-23.

CFNIL to host The Arc artists for Spring ArtScene

April 22 - 23, 2022, the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois is proud to participate in Spring ArtScene! ArtScene is a regional, biannual, gallery walk hosted at over 30 locations throughout Winnebago County. During ArtScene weekends, existing galleries, and pop-up galleries alike, display and sell the work of dozens of local artists. Admission to every venue is free and open to the public–ArtScene is an ideal event for getting to know local artists and purchasing their most recent work. View a map of all 37 Spring ArtScene locations.

For Spring ArtScene 2022 CFNIL is partnering with The Arc of Winnebago, Boone, & Ogle Counties to display and sell art created by their Project Art program participants. All four floors of CFNIL's historic offices, located at 926 N Second Street, Rockford, will have artwork on display. Artists and their families, as well as volunteers and staff from The Arc and CFNIL will be on hand to greet visitors, provide more details about the artwork, building, and programming of both organizations, as well as facilitate art sales. 

Admission is free and the public is welcome from 5 - 9 pm on Friday, April 22, and 4 - 9 pm on Saturday, April 23. Free parking is available in the east, west, and north lots of the YMCA of Rock River Valley. CFNIL's offices are fully ADA accessible. View a Google Map of CFNIL offices. 

The Arc of Winnebago, Boone, & Ogle Counties serves individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Their Project Art program serves those individuals through art programming. They offer guided art sessions, as well as skill-building art programming, and even provide entrepreneurship opportunities relating to the art participants create. 

Project Art is a socially inclusive arts program designed for adult individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Project Art’s philosophy is founded on the core belief that a practice in the arts shall not be a luxury, but a necessity in a civilized society; and all people regardless of circumstance should have opportunities to explore and express themselves through art. A variety of classes in the visual arts are offered throughout the year. Individuals of all artistic abilities always find something to enjoy through this program. Project Art’s goal is to create a safe and fun environment for positive peer interaction, teach new skills and utilize participants’ strengths, and create community awareness and support. Learn more about The Arc and Project Art.