Woodlawn Arts Academy facilities are closed, and all workshops, classes, lessons and events are cancelled until further notice to help stop the spread of COVID-19. See your email, text messages and Announcements below for details.

As our community comes together to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to stay in touch with our customers to answer a few questions that have come our way. We hope everyone is safe and healthy at home. Thank you for doing your part and your continuous support through this uncharted territory! We hope you enjoy this video as much as our families enjoyed making it.

> 1:24 - End of Session 3
> 2:37 - Session 4
> 3:47 - Rummage sale
> 4:28 - Peter Pan Jr.
> 5:27 - Preschool program & graduation
> 5:54 - Private music lessons, music registration & music recitals
> 7:30 - Dance pictures & dance recitals
> 9:07 - Rhythm-Quest Rocks! live concert
> 9:45 - Frozen Jr. registration opening
> 11:00 - Summer registration opening & summer program guide
> 12:25 - Will there be virtual classes?
> 15:47 - Outtakes

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!


Woodlawn Closed Through April 30

Updated Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 8am

For the health and safety of our guests, students and staff, all Woodlawn Arts Academy facilities are closed and all workshops, classes, lessons and events are cancelled. Our tentative reopen date is Friday, May 1st. Thank you for your support in helping to keep our community healthy. We will continue to monitor and send updates.

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.

2019-2020 Arts Program Guide Now Available

Flip through the current program guide here:

Or click here to view all programs on our website.

The 2019-20 Dance Class Schedule has been updated. Please click here to view the most updated version.

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