Cultural Arts Commission


  • 7:00 p.m.
  • Second Monday of each month
  • City Hall
    Second Floor Conference Room, South Wing
    150 Dexter Ct.
    Elgin, IL 60120

Click here for members and board details.

The commission shall consist of nine members, all of whom shall be appointed by the city council. All members shall be residents of the city who are known to have an interest and expertise in the functions of the commission and who shall be voting members of the commission.

For information about being considered for a position on this commission you may email the city clerk's office or call the city clerk's office at (847) 931-5660. Click here to fill out an application.

For more information about the commission, please contact:
Amanda Harris
CAC Liaison
City of Elgin
150 Dexter Ct.
Elgin, IL 60120
Ph: (847) 931-6019
Fx: (847) 931-5610

 Calendar of Upcoming Cultural Art Events

Mission Statement
The Elgin Cultural Arts Commission will enhance the quality of life in our community by creating and supporting diverse, innovative, and accessible visual, performing, and cultural arts programming.


The purposes are:
  • Make recommendations to the city council for the provision of an environment in which the cultural arts will flourish within the corporate limits of the city.
  • Foster educational opportunities and enhance the quality of life for all of the residents of the city by making recommendations to develop arts and cultural programs directed at various age, ethnic, and religious groups.
  • Enhance the economic base in the city by promoting opportunities to combine arts and economic development.
  • Cooperate with the professional city staff to administer all commission programs and activities.
  • Support and foster strong bonds between and among all arts organizations in the community and encourage new arts organizations in a manner which will make the whole considerably stronger than the individual parts, which shall include working cooperatively with other city boards, commissions and committees, and other public and private agencies.
  • Apply for grants to support commission programs and administer and serve as a vehicle for re-grants under the rules of the Illinois arts council and other agencies.
  • Provide a vehicle for publicizing all arts related events of various organizations as well as community, state or national events related to the arts, and provide a strong public relations program for communicating the commission's goals and their impact on community life.
  • Act as a resource center and clearinghouse for information and provide technical assistance to community arts organizations to enable them to improve the effectiveness of grant writing, planning, audience development, identification of sources for funds, and assistance in connection with legal, tax, insurance and liability issues related to arts programs and arts organizations.

Cultural Arts Commission Agendas

Grant Application Review

THE EYE - Official Publication of the Cultural Arts Commission

Public Art Plan (presented at the June 13, 2016 CAC meeting)

Cultural Arts Commission Newsletters:

Call for Visual Art Curators
The Elgin Art Showcase is looking for curators for month long exhibits during 2015 and 2016.  Interested parties should click here to complete the form.  Each exhibit will have either an opening or closing reception, sponsored by the Elgin Art Showcase.  Curators will be selected no less than 2 months before the exhibit is set to open.  All exhibits and curators will be credited for their work on all press materials.  

Curators will have support from the EAS Coordinator in creating the calls for work, reception set-up, artwork drop-off and pick-up, and label creation for artwork. 

For more information or questions or concerns, please contact Amanda Harris, Elgin Art Showcase Coordinator at