Face It: Collage for Fabric Portraits  
A Quilting Workshop with Jamie Willis was held in October 2021

Link Art Gallery displayed works by Members of the Coles County Arts Council from September 3 – October 1, 2021
This public exhibition showcasing the work of CCAC member artists was held in the main floor
galleries of the Link Art Gallery in Paris, Illinois. An Opening Reception with light refreshments was held Friday, September 3, 2021, from 5:00 – 6:30 pm.


In September we partnered with The Academy of Lifelong Learning to present an iPhone Photography Workshop with Tom Hebermehl



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Chalk In was held July 3, 2021 as part of Red, White and Blue Days!
The knowing was always right

A writing workshop based on 

On Thursday April 22, 2021, Coles County Arts Council sponsored a zoom writing workshop based on Joy Harjo's memoir Crazy Brave through EIU's Academy of Lifelong Learning.


During the workshop, led by Daiva Markelis, PhD and Charlotte England, PhD., participants discussed what made Harjo’s poetry  and memoir so remarkable, and then wrote on a childhood memory of music and experimented with adding poetry, dreams, and song lyrics to enrich their memoir. 


The workshop was free and open to the public and the first fifteen who registered received a free copy of Crazy Brave by mail. 

Pop-Up Photo Show

In September and October 2020, the Arts Council found a safe way to share some joy and by trying something different. We organized a pop up local amateur photography show that was displayed outdoors at places people people were not expecting to encounter it. 

CCAC had 80 entries from 17 photographers, of varying ages and experience levels. A generous donation from First Federal Savings and Loan enabled us to buy the display equipment we needed for this new venture.

Arts in the Cemeteries Walk in Coles County

In September 2019, the Coles County Arts Council and the Academy of Lifelong Learning partnered for an ARTS IN THE CEMETERY WALK, that began with ​ Kevin and Paul Baumann, brothers, giving a presentation on Tombstone Art. In the afternoon there was a guided tour of Roselawn-Mound Cemetery and Old City Cemetery with Paul and Kevin as guides. 

In conjunction with the walk, the Coles County Arts Council held a photography contest of photos from local cemeteries with a $50 prize and a showing of many of the entries at Jackson Avenue Coffee the following month.