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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, music, dance, theatre, woodworking 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.

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

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2022 Fall Program Guide

Download our 2022 Fall Program Guide here. Or flip through the book below. All in-person programming is subject to state & local mandates for COVID-19

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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) pandemic, along

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