October Member Spotlight: Arts DuPage

Founded in 2017 as an initiative of the DuPage Foundation, Alliance Member Organization Arts DuPage began as a result of extensive conversations with the DuPage community about its arts landscape. Comprised of 39 municipalities and containing the second highest population in the state, DuPage County often featured a siloed arts community in the past due to its size.

“A common refrain from the surveys was that there might be ‘arts things’ going on in the county, but no one knew about them,” reflects Director of Arts DuPage Deborah L. Venezia. “The number one need the community identified was an online resource where people could actually find out about what’s going on.”

Enter artsdupage.org, a comprehensive website for all things art in the county. October is the second annual Arts DuPage Month, a celebration that encourages locals to engage with cultural events through limited time perks. In addition to connecting artists, organizations, and audiences through the website, Arts DuPage also offers classes and workshops for members of the arts community to build their professional capacity.

Through initiatives like Arts DuPage, the cultural community in DuPage County is more connected and the caliber of art featured is growing rapidly. Next year, the Cleve Carney Museum of Art at the McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn is partnering with the College of DuPage to bring Frida Kahlo 2020 to DuPage, the largest private collection of works from the legendary Mexican artist.

“I say this without exaggeration: it’s probably the biggest cultural happening ever in DuPage County,” notes Venezia. “In addition to the audience it will bring, this exhibit is helping Cleve Carney improve its facilities to become a world-class museum. You can only dream of what they’ll be able to attract in the future.”

With Arts DuPage, people now have a one-stop resource for participating in this bright cultural future.

For more information please go to artsdupage.org or visit @ArtsDuPage on Facebook.