Visit one of the premiere exhibition spaces for contemporary art in the Midwest.
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.
Wonsook Kim School of Art students collaborate with professional artists to create fine art prints.
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.
Attend lectures and presentations from leading studio artists, art educators, graphic designers, art historians and creative technologies faculty and staff.
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.
Marching Band Championships
Take part in the state’s premiere invitational event featuring high school marching bands.
Concert Band Festival
Open to all junior high and high school bands, this festival gives you the opportunity to perform and get feedback from a clinician, and interact with other bands from across the state.
Celebrate jazz on campus. This festival features competitions between junior high and high school jazz ensembles.
RED NOTE New Music
Join in this week-long event that features performances of contemporary concert music, a composition competition, and composition workshop.
Further Your Education
Private lessons and Bands will take your musical skills to the next level.
Spend a Day with Big Red Marching Machine
Join the Big Red Marching Machine for a home football game and halftime performance.
Band Director Workshops
Take part in one of our workshops to improve your skills as a director.
Talented musicians host concerts all year long and throughout the community.
Our band, choir, and orchestra ensembles put on many shows that are open to the public.
Community School for the Arts: Traditional Music Lessons
Take private lessons from an upper-class or graduate music student.
Bring the joy of music to the next generation. This after-school program offers group instruction on stringed instruments to children.
Theatre and Dance
There are plenty of ways to engage with the School of Theatre and Dance.
PerformancesView this year’s production season
Illinois Shakespeare Festival
Enjoy a family-friendly Shakespearean adaptation or participate in one of the youth camps.
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.
Saturday Morning Creative Drama
Open to kids in grades K through 6, this program lets your child play, create, and develop skills in formal theatre.
Theatre for Young Audiences
Illinois Shakespeare Festival produces a yearly show for young audiences that is perfect for the whole family.