The Center for the Arts at the Wilmette Park District offers a well-rounded curriculum including dance, music, theater and visual arts. Through classes, workshops, intensives and special events, the Center for the Arts provides ample opportunity for individuals to express ideas and emotions that cannot be communicated with language alone.

Come explore your creative side at the Center for the Arts, located at 3000 Glenview Road, in the Community Recreation Center.

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Contact Info

Center for the Arts Supervisor
Julie Nichols, CPRP
Email: Julie Nichols
p: 847-920-3927


Annual Open House: Saturday, September 7
Join the Visual Arts, Dance, Theater and Music department staff for a full Open House! Kids will receive a passport to visit each department where they will play trivia with staff, make projects, try a dance class, work on some improv, tour the backstage of the theater, and visit the musical petting zoo. Registration not required, however children between the ages of 2-14 who register will receive a passport to earn raffle tickets. Meet all our new staff and see what the Cultural and Performing Arts departments are up to this year!

Coming for Fall 2019
Wilmette Pops Children's Chorale! The Center for the Arts is thrilled to offer the first children's choir opportunity to students in grades 1-8. Beginning in September, interested singers will be able to register for the program which will meet once a week and perform throughout the community. More details to come in the fall Explore Guide.

Super Sneak Peek into Fall!

The Center for the Arts is gearing up for the fall season with new programs!

Visual Arts

  • Art Club: Mini and Tween Editions
  • Mosaic Art
  • Adult Glass Fusion


  • Move With Me dance classes for ages 15-30 months
  • Combo classes: Hip Hop and Tap, Hop Hip and Ballet, Ballet Jazz
  • Teen Debut classes in ballet and jazz
  • Dance Club
  • Preschool Fairy Tale Ballet Workshop


  • The Wilmette Pops Children's Chorale
  • Expanded private lesson schedule


  • Broadway Rhythms
  • Play in a Day
  • Alumni Production Class