Our Causes

  • In partnership with the Village of Oak Park, Forest Park National Bank, and Oak Park Regional Housing Center, OPAAC provides artists an opportunity to showcase their work, especially those who may not have a suitable space or studio. Artists exhibit their artwork on a bimonthly basis. The spaces are provided at no cost to the artist. […]

  • Congratulations to the following organizations: 16th Street Theater Chicago a cappella Chicago West Community Music Center ChoreoSpace Dominican University Performing Arts Center Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park Expressions Graphics Frank Lloyd Wright Trust Handel Week Heritage Chorale Housing Forward Illinois Storytelling Inc. Madison Street Theatre Michael Teolis Singers MOMENTA Performing Arts Center Oak Park […]

  • Fine Arts Scholarship The Oak Park Area Arts Council Fine Arts Scholarship provides $1000 scholarships for high school graduates planning to major in visual, performing, or dramatic arts in college. Since the scholarship program’s inception in 1997, OPAAC has awarded $109,500 to 115 emerging young artists. Russell C. Lissuzzo Scholarship Russell C. Lissuzzo was a […]

  • The community mini-mural project was launched in 2010 to promote creative expression and provide an enriching visual experience for residents and visitors alike. Murals already have been painted on the railroad embankments along North and South boulevards at Oak Park Avenue near the Green Line station, as well as both east and west of Marion […]

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  • Beginning life as the Harrison Street Business Alliance in 1993, the rebranded Oak Park Arts District captured the new reality of a growing artistic community on Harrison. Encompassing the half mile of Harrison Street from Austin Boulevard to Elmwood Avenue, the area is home to a thriving artistic community as well as a diverse variety […]