Woodlawn Arts Academy

Woodlawn Arts Academy is the premier arts-based, educational institution of the Sauk Valley area. We strive to live by our motto: “Where the Arts are for EVERYONE!” We offer quality programming opportunities to all ages in all disciplines, taught by dedicated, educated and experienced staff members. We offer year-round daytime and evening instruction in Visual Arts, Woodworking, Music, Dance, Theatre and Culinary Arts, plus Education programs that encompass our Preschool program, as well as STEM and literary arts programming. We have four different facilities: the Academy, the Woodshop, the Farmhouse and the Barn.

Beyond our normal classes and workshops, we also proudly offer performance and exhibit opportunities. We feel this is an important component of the learning process. During the course of a year we offer four art exhibits featuring professional artists from the area as well as students of Woodlawn Arts Academy and area schools; four musicals featuring students in 1st through 8th grades, and a summer outdoor theatre production featuring talented adult actors; three annual dance recitals featuring dancers age 3 through adult; two music recitals starring students age 4-adult; and three rock concerts starring students age 12-adult. In addition to programs, events and exhibitions, the Academy also offers arts outreach programming to local schools and organizations.

A nonprofit 501(c)3 educational organization, the Academy is proud to be supported as an agency of the United Way of Whiteside County and United Way of Lee County. Through their support and generous donations from the community, we are able to offer more than $21,000 annually in financial assistance to those who qualify.

We look forward to serving you at Woodlawn Arts Academy, and encourage you to get creative by participating in and supporting the arts!


2020 Summer Programming & Office Hours

Updated Friday, June 26, 2020 at 10am

Woodlawn Arts Academy’s main office hours will be as follows beginning Monday, June 29, 2020:

  • Monday-Thursday from 9am-8pm
  • Fridays from 9am-5pm

Review our COVID-19 policies.


Camp and workshop kits, along with virtual programming, will be offered in June, with kits available all summer after the initial listed pickup date! Click here to view virtual programs. Registration is available:

  • Online
  • By emailing dboston@woodlawnartsacademy.com
  • By calling 815-626-4278 during the hours listed above
  • In person at the main office during the hours listed above

Private music lessons begin the week of June 8, starting on Zoom. Register by calling 815-626-4278, stopping in during open hours, or emailing dboston@woodlawnartsacademy.com. 2019-20 dance classes will continue on Zoom through the month of June.

June 2020 virtual programming flyer

Download a program flyer here.


Download our end-of-summer 2020 Program Guide or flip through it below. All in-person programming is subject to moving to/staying in the state’s Phase 4 or higher.

Spring 2020 Event Dates Announced

WAA is excited to announce TENTATIVE dates for our spring 2020 events! We will monitor and follow all CDC and Whiteside County Health Department guidelines, as the safety of our customers is our first priority.

✅ Spring Art Exhibit Opening - Friday, July 3rd

✅ Peter Pan Jr. - Weekend of July 10th-12th

✅ 2020 Dance Recitals - July 20-22 and July 26

Families with students in these programs should watch your email for details on each of these events, and more information for the public will be made available as the dates approach.

We appreciate your patience, miss all of you and can’t wait to see you soon!

Committed to Safety & Health

Woodlawn Arts Academy is committed to the health and safety of our guests and staff. The Academy continues to monitor the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, along with the guidelines and safety information released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health.

COVID-19 is a new disease caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus. The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading from person to person. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Stopping transmission through everyday practices is the best way to stay healthy:

  • Cover your mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, or cough into the inside of the elbow. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash hands often, especially before eating and after contact with public surfaces. Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick and avoid contact with other people.
  • Call your healthcare provider immediately if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as a cough or difficulty breathing.

More information about COVID-19 is available on the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html. For updates or to contact our staff via email, please visit our Contact page.

Finally, please know we will continue to monitor COVID-19 updates for the health and well-being of our guests, students and staff. Thank you for your support in helping to keep our community healthy.

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