A dream come true.

Since Side Street's inception in 2013, we have worked to offer as much free and low-cost access to the arts as possible, all while making sure artists and artist-educators are getting paid. Offering a large portion our educational programming to young artists for free has been a dream...until now. In response to the current urgent need in our community, with some retooling and community and funder support, Side Street is thrilled to offer most of its 2022 programs for young artists for free!

Fall offerings and registration information are shown below. We know these classes will fill and we will have waiting lists. We will do our best to expand offerings and get to as many young artists as possible. Whether they are just starting out or have been creating for years, we are looking forward to working with them to find their individual creative voice. 

Please note, times, dates, etc. are subject to change due to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic. Class registration and length is extremely limited to allow for distancing and enhanced safety and cleaning procedures. Additionally, everyone is required to wear a properly fitted mask during all time in any space at Side Street Studio Arts. We look forward to growing class sizes and offerings when it is safe.

- Tanner Melvin & Erin Rehberg

Founders & Executive Directors

Spring classes are currently in session - please check back or join our newsletter to find out when more classes are listed!

Your young artist is eligible to register for free classes, if they:
  • have an interest in art and are excited to participate
  • are committed and able to attend all weeks of the session
  • live within 10 miles of Side Street's downtown Elgin location
  • are grade appropriate for the class.
If your young artist is all of the above but still faces barriers to participation, please email us HERE, and we will work with your family to facilitate a creative experience. 
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Special thanks to those below for sponsoring our free art programs which help make these offerings possible

Anonymous donor-advised fund at The Chicago Community Foundation