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Events and Activities

Our schools host events and activities that bring art, culture, and entertainment to the community.


We offer cultural opportunities and spaces to explore art.


View works from Wonsook Kim School of Art students in the community.


Collaborate with other artists to perfect your craft.

  •  Color wheel of ink ready for printing.

    Normal Editions

    Wonsook Kim School of Art students collaborate with professional artists to create fine art prints.

  • An artwork by visiting artist Aaron Turner.

    Visiting Artist Program

    Learn from visiting artists that bring diverse artistic practices and fresh voices to campus.


Pursue your passion with an accomplished community of artists.

  • A graphic designer gives a lecture.

    Research Colloquium

    Attend lectures and presentations from leading studio artists, art educators, graphic designers, art historians and creative technologies faculty and staff.

For Families

  • Student draws with pastels.

    Saturday Morning Creative

    Let your child express themselves through a variety of art materials and processes. Open to students in grades K through 8.


Engage with one of the many events and activities offered by the School of Music.


Participate in one of our musical groups without being a major. Each are open to any Illinois State student.

Celebrate and Compete

Our festivals and competitions are all about connecting musicians, improving musical skills, and having fun.

  • The trumpet players of a marching band raise their instruments.

    Marching Band Championships

    Take part in the state’s premiere invitational event featuring high school marching bands.

  • A concert band performs on stage.

    Concert Band Festival

    Open to all junior high and high school bands, this festival provides the opportunity to perform and recieve feedback from a clinician and interact with other bands from across the state.

  • Students practice together for the jazz festival.

    Jazz Festival

    Celebrate jazz on campus. This festival features competitions between junior high and high school jazz ensembles.

  • Sheet music on a stand.

    RED NOTE New Music

    Join in this week-long event that features performances of contemporary concert music, a composition competition, and composition workshop.

  • A madrigal choir.

    Madrigal Festival

    An annual festival for high school madrigal ensembles with the opportunity to perform December concert music.

Further Your Education

Take your musical skills to the next level.

Band Director Workshops

Take part in one of our workshops to improve your skills as a director.

Learn About Band Director Workshops


Talented musicians host concerts all year long and throughout the community.

Ensemble Performances

Our band, choir, and orchestra ensembles put on many shows that are open to the public.

View Upcoming Music Events

For Families

Theatre, Dance, and Film

There are plenty of ways to engage with the School of Theatre, Dance, and Film.

  • actors perform at Shakespeare Festival stage.

    Illinois Shakespeare Festival

    Enjoy a family-friendly Shakespearean adaptation or participate in one of the youth camps.

  • A student performs his work onstage.

    Crossroads Project

    Faculty, staff, and students join together to promote diversity and inclusion in the theatre through various efforts including guest speakers, public talks, and the Diverse Voices Playwriting Initiative.

For Families