In 2004, the Dillon Foundation purchased the Woodlawn Arts Academy building with the vision of it being an arts center. During renovations to the current facility, classes were offered at the Dillon Foundation on West LeFevre Road in Sterling.
Woodlawn Arts Academy began operation at its current facility in 2006. Offering classes in visual, performance, theatre and literary arts, 41 registrations were taken. By 2011, that number had grown to more than 2,400! Today, we offer instructions in all disciplines of the arts: visual, music, dance, theatre, woodworking and culinary, along with education programs which encompass our preschool program as well as STEM and literary arts programming.
Since its inception, Woodlawn Arts Academy had been a program of the Sterling-Rock Falls YMCA. Through the Y’s partnership, we saw success and growth that helped us surpass goals and expectations. In 2011, with gratitude to the YMCA for their support, guidance and leadership, Woodlawn became its own, standalone entity. We are a nonprofit 501(c)3 educational organization that is proud to be an agency supported by the United Way organizations of both Whiteside and Lee counties.
The Academy continues to grow. Each season, we are offering more opportunities for our students at all ages and skill levels. In 2012, we received the Public and Community Service Award from the Illinois Alliance for Arts Education, for our dedication to furthering artistic opportunities in the Sauk Valley. In 2016, the Academy received a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
For more information or to contact a board member, call Woodlawn Arts Academy at (815) 626-4ART(4278) or email Woodlawn Arts Academy.
Do you have ideas for arts programming that you would like to instruct? Would you like to be a part of the fun and creative team at Woodlawn Arts Academy? Send your resume, cover letter and your completed employment application to:
Woodlawn Arts Academy
3807 Woodlawn Road
Sterling, IL 61081
Woodlawn Arts Academy is currently hiring for the following positions:
Woodlawn Arts Academy is seeking a Part-Time (10-20 hours per week) Assistant Program Coordinator who will work under the supervision of the Program Coordinator. The Assistant Program Coordinator is responsible for assisting in the development, implementation and administration of WAA programming; ordering supplies; communicating with teachers, parents and students; and attending all Woodlawn events. Customer service experience and knowledge of visual arts, performing arts and/or woodshop preferred. Applicants should have strong verbal and written communication skills, organizational skills, and also an understanding of basic computer programs such as Excel, Word, email, etc. Hours are flexible and may include some evening and occasional weekend hours.
Send resume and letter of interest to Becky Rich, Program Coordinator, 3807 Woodlawn Road, Sterling, IL 61081; or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Application deadline is June 29, 2018.
Woodlawn Arts Academy is seeking Part-Time (10-15 hours per week) Front Desk Personnel. Front desk personnel duties include providing customer service both in person and over the telephone, computing skills, and clerical duties. Successful candidates must have customer service experience, be a team player, and be able to work flexible hours including evenings and some weekends.
Send completed application and letter of interest to Becky Rich, Program Coordinator, 3807 Woodlawn Road, Sterling, IL 61081; or email email@example.com. Application deadline is June 29, 2018.