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Experience Art in the District

Ceramic participant throwing clay on a pottery wheel.

Are you a lover of art? Here are a few ways to experience art within the Champaign Park District!


  • You don’t want to miss this year’s West Side Arts! On September 16th at West Side Park, the Champaign Park District and 40 North will collaborate to bring artists and art lovers together for a FREE juried art festival. Join us from 10a-5p at West Side Park to purchase and pursue amazing local and regional art showcasing a multitude of mediums! View all information for West Side Arts here.


  • Come celebrate with us with various playdough stations, fun projects, and even conductive dough for National Playdough Day! Kids will have the ability to have fun being creative, share their masterpieces with others, and experience playdough on a whole new level for FREE! Join us September 16 from 12 – 2p at Martens Center. All supplies provided. Parents may stay if they would like.


  • State Town and Country Amateur Art Show highlights the best of show and blue ribbon winners from the county shows held in the spring. Amateur artists from towns across Illinois, including our own Champaign County, will display their unique pieces at the show. Original work from both youth and adult divisions are displayed for public viewing. This will be held at Springer Cultural Center from August 26 – September 23, 2023. View the State Town and Country Amateur Art Show page!



  • Take a tour of Virginia Theatre! The historical Virginia Theatre is filled with historic advances in the technology of film, transitioning first from silent movies to “talkies” and later to 35mm and 70mm films, finally arriving at today’s high-definition, digital movie downloads. Schedule your tour today!


  • Take a stroll in one of our parks and view the art and it’s history in each of our parks. View our Art in the Park map to learn more about each piece of art.
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