The Keep Launch Party

The Keep, a new community and co-working studio for digital creatives in the Tri-city area, is having their launch party this Friday, January 26th from 6:00-9:00 pm. This is an opportunity to tour the new co-working studio and meet designers, illustrators, photographers, writers, developers, and other creative freelancers who are looking to connect and collaborate….

Geneva Film Festival Sneak Preview

In preparation for the Geneva Film Festival’s 10th anniversary celebration March 8th-10th, Water Street Studios will be hosting a sneak preview of film trailers this Friday, January 26th at 6:00 pm. Film genres include animation, narrative features, and documentaries. Pre-sale tickets available online through the 25th. Light refreshments will be served, and beer by Solemn…

Meet and Greet with Alison Bastian

The community is invited to attend a Meet and Greet with Alison Bastian, the new director of the St. Charles Arts Council, on February 7, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 pm at BMO Harris Bank (1 East Main Street St. Charles). Bring your questions, comments, and congratulations, and join us in welcoming Alison to her new role….

Kane County Art Education Conference

Calling all art educators! This is the final week to register for the Kane County Art Education Conference on March 2nd. The conference offers one- or two-hour workshops for level K-12 educators and is FREE for Kane County residents. Visit for more information and to check out the session schedule.

CALL FOR ARTISTS – 6th Annual Student Art Gallery

The CALL FOR ARTISTS for the SCAC’s 6th Annual Student Pop-Up Art Gallery, featuring the work of Student Visual and Video Artists, is out NOW! The gallery will run from Saturday, April 21 through Saturday, May 5, opening with the Artist Reception on Friday, April 20 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The Student Art Gallery…

Open Rehearsal for the Elgin Symphony Orchestra

The Elgin Symphony Orchestra will be hosting a FREE open rehearsal on Thursday, January 25th at 7:15 pm. The ESO will be rehearsing their performance for January 27th and 28th of Williams Scores for Spielberg Movies, conducted by Musical Director Andrew Grams. From the ESO: “Andrew Grams received a degree in conducting from the Curtis…

Grand Opening of Lux Dance Studio

Lux Dance Studio will be celebrating their grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony this Thursday, January 18th from 4:30-5:00 pm. The opening celebration continues until 10:00 with dancing and a musical performance by Rosie and the Rivets. Attendees will also receive a complimentary dance lesson. Visit for more information.

Water Street Studios Presents the 2018 Resident Artists Show

Water Street Studios is hosting the opening reception for its “2018 Resident Artists Show” tonight, Friday, January 12, 2018 from 6-9pm in the Dempsey Family Gallery. The show will run through February 4, 2018. Current Resident Artist include: Marcy Rogge, Mark Adams, Lisa Diesnt-Thomas, Kathie Collinson, Derek Plant & Stephen Myers, Jim Jenkins, Marty Murphy,…

“The Fine Things of Youth: Willa Cather’s Lucy Gayheart in Words and Music”

The Norris Cultural Arts Center Presents  “The Fine Things of Youth: Willa Cather’s Lucy Gayheart in Words and Music.”  on Sunday, January 14 at 3 p.m. From the NCAC:  This unique hybrid work combines elements of literature, dramatic reading, theater, history and sublime songs, performed with deep conviction by baritone Evan Bravos, actress/singer Jill Anderson and collaborative pianist Shannon…

Meet Alison Bastian!

Dear Members of the SCAC Community, It gives me great pleasure to introduce myself as the first director of the St. Charles Arts Council. I have a passion for the arts and this city, so I am excited to give back to both by heading an organization that directly nurtures and supports the local arts….