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Summer 2022 Free Arts Education for Young People

Every year Side Street Studio Arts has the pleasure of hosting children of varying ages for summer arts education programs. Each week the young artists create work around that week's theme and also enjoy some fun in the sun with fellow young artists!

Side Street runs its own programming and partners with School District U-46 to bring art to an even larger community.

Side Street is thrilled to offer all programming free of charge for those located within 10 miles of our downtown Elgin location. We hope that this allows for even more young artists to find their creative voice through exploration.

We are thrilled to continue this free programming in 2022. This has been a dream of ours since opening Side Street in 2013. These classes are absolutely free of cost to families in our area. If you are able to support this programming with any size donation, please visit us HERE.

Check out our virtual exhibition from the Summer of 2021 for a glimpse of what days are like at Side Street by clicking here!

All of the programming we offer is interdisciplinary and involves both visual and performing art. The classes are held by professional artist-educators who coordinate days filled with art-making, exploration, and fun!

In addition to providing the programming for free, we are also excited to be able to offer free transportation assistance. When you register you will be asked if you would like to be contacted about arranging free transportation to and from camp.

Below you can see the schedule for each week's theme for both the Side Street programming and U46.

SSSA Schedule

June 13-17

K-6: Make an Impression, 9 am-Noon

7-12: Make an Impression, 10 am-Noon

June 20-24

K-6: Step Into The Spotlight, 9 am-Noon

7-12: Install, 10 am-Noon

June 27- July 1

K-6: Americana Jubilee, 9 am-Noon

7-12: Americana Jubilee, 10 am-Noon

July 11-15

K-6: Into the Wild, 9 am-Noon

7-12: Into the Wild, 10 am-1pm 

Grades 7-12 will take place at Spring Bird this week

July 18-22

K-6: Ultimate Animation, 9 am-Noon

7-12: Me, Me, Me, 10 am-1 pm

Grades 7-12 will take place at Spring Bird this week

July 25-29

K-6: Our Town, 9 am-Noon

7-12: Our Town, 10 am-Noon

Click here to learn more about Spring Bird!

U46 Schedule

June 8-9

All grades: Intro Week, 1 pm-5 pm

June 13-16

All grades: Make an Impression, 1 pm-5 pm

June 20-23

All grades: Step Into The Spotlight, 1 pm-5 pm

June 27- 31

All grades: Americana Jubilee, 1 pm-5 pm

July 5-7

All grades: Freestyle, 1 pm-5 pm

July 11-14

All grades: Into The Wild, 1 pm-5 pm

July 18-21

All grades: Ultimate Animation, 1 pm-5 pm

July 25-28

All grades: Our Town, 1 pm-5 pm


Side Street Studio Arts Programming and School District U46 programming operate slightly differently. Please ensure you are enrolling your child in the correct program. You may sign up for both programs if you would like. SSSA programming runs in the morning and U46 runs in the afternoon. If you enroll your child in both they are welcome to bring a lunch and stay onsite from noon-1 pm between sessions.


If you have any questions or if you need Spanish language assistance please email

Si tiene alguna pregunta o si necesita asistencia en español, envíe un correo electrónico

Classes full - please fill out the waitlist

Classes full - please fill out the waitlist

Classes full - please fill out the waitlist

Not able to join a class you wanted? Join the waitlist!

This year we are creating the option to be added to a waitlist for classes that have already filled up. Fill out the correct form below and you will be contacted if a space opens up for the session you have requested.