About Woodlawn Arts Academy

Providing Quality Artistic Opportunities for More Than 10 Years

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, domestic, culinary, literary and healing, along with an arts-focused preschool program.

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 of Whiteside County.

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.

Board of Directors

  • Mary Ellen Wilkinson, 2017-2019, Chairperson
  • Tim Schlegel, 2016-2018, Vice Chairperson
  • Mike Sterba, 2015-2017, Secretary
  • Scott Kaiser, 2017-2019, Treasurer
  • Pete Dillon, 2015-2017, Member at Large
  • Tim Zollinger, 2017-2019
  • Tom Ausman, 2017-2019
  • Andy Thornton, 2016-2018
  • Pam Capes, 2015-2017
  • Corrine Sandefer, 2016-2018
  • Denis Mennie, 2016-2018
  • Kip Aitkin, 2017-2019

For more information or to contact a board member, call Woodlawn Arts Academy at (815) 626-4ART(4278) or email Woodlawn Arts Academy.

Job Opportunities

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
Program Coordinator
3807 Woodlawn Road
Sterling, IL 61081

Woodlawn Arts Academy is currently hiring for the following positions:

Yoga/Meditation Instructor (part-time)

Woodlawn Arts Academy is seeking a yoga and meditation instructor. This is a part-time position. Hours and days can be set by the instructor. Position open starting in the fall of 2017. Send resume and letter of interest to Becky Rich, Program Coordinator, 3807 Woodlawn Road, Sterling, IL 61081; or email brich@woodlawnartsacademy.com.