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 three different facilities: the Academy, 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.
Registration Now Open!
Students may register for classes online, by phone or in person. Online registration is not available for dance classes, any private lessons or other select programs. Tuition for classes must be paid in full at the time of registration. Registrations are due one week (two weeks for Woodshop programs) prior to the start of the course. If classes do not meet the minimum they will be cancelled and all registered participants will be notified three business days prior to the first day of the class. A full refund or credit will be given should this occur. It is imperative to sign up before the class begins.
Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19, we are not accepting monthly payment plans or full-year registration at this time. Registration will be by session only, and registration is not complete until full payment is made or financial assistance funding is in place.
Winter 2020-2021 Program Guide
Download our winter 2020-2021 Program Guide or flip through it below. All in-person programming is subject to the region remaining in the state’s Phase 4 or higher.
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.