Cultural Arts

Events and Programming

The ECAC has several annual events including the Elgin Fringe Festival and the Elgin Short Film Festival, held in September, and Art Harvest held in October. For more information on each of these events, visit the City Special Events Calendar

Cultural Arts Grants

The ECAC administers three grant programs for local artists and arts organizations.  For more information, visit the Cultural Arts Grants page.

Public Art

The ECAC oversees the Public Art programs within the City of Elgin which include programs such as the New Works program, Spontaneous Art Wall, Utility Box Wrapping Program, and more.  For more information, visit the Public Art page.  

Artist Resources

For emergency response to the coronavirus please visit the Artist Resources page. You can also join our Artist Database to be notified of open Calls for Art as well as outside artistic opportunities.  


The City of Elgin does not regulate street performing, also known as busking. Click here to find Busking Guidelines, provided by the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin.

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  1. Amanda Harris

    Cultural Arts Manager

"Continuum" by Nathan Pierce

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TArts Alliance of Illinois Logohe Elgin Cultural Arts Commission is a member of Arts Alliance Illinois and Americans for the Arts