Northern Illinois University

Northern Today


December 3, 2007

The DeKalb County Community Foundation has awarded the NIU Art Museum a grant to fund the second “Community Windows” project. During the coming summer, the museum will offer its prominent location to assist other non-profit arts organizations and museums in making more public their own programming and accomplishments.

Jo Burke

Eight cultural organizations or museums will be represented by a poster on display in the NIU Art Museum’s Hall Case venue in Altgeld Hall from May 26 through Aug. 8. NIU’s Media Services Imaging Production Studio will work with each organization to design its poster.

“Community Windows” gives exposure for each cultural organization in a heavily trafficked area of the NIU campus and provides a professional promotional piece for future use at conferences, community events and its own venue.

The collaborative nature of this project built on previous partnerships initiated by the NIU Art Museum “Museum without Walls” Program and the DeKalb County Passport to Adventure Program, also funded in part by grants from the DeKalb County Community Foundation. 

Proposed featured organizations for the 2008 “Community Windows II” are:

  • Art Attack
  • Blackwell History of Education Museum
  • DeKalb Area Women’s Center
  • Gurler Area Heritage Society
  • Joseph F. Glidden Homestead
  • Sandwich Opera House
  • Regional History Center
  • Waterman Area Heritage Society

In 2007, the “Community Windows I” display included:

  • DeKalb Municipal Band
  • Egyptian Theatre
  • Kishwaukee Valley Heritage Society and Museum
  • Malta Historical and Genealogical Society Museum
  • Marie Louis Olmstead Museum
  • Midwest Museum of Natural History
  • NIU Community School of the Arts
  • Stone Mill Museum

“The NIU Art Museum is grateful for the DCCF’s support for projects that stress collaboration, allowing a single grant to benefit nine non-profit organizations at once,” said Jessica Witte, NIU
Art Museum coordinator of education and public relations.

“The project provides much needed professionally designed publicity materials to help make DeKalb County residents and visitors more aware of local cultural resources. The long-range benefits of the DCCF ‘Community Windows I & II’ projects will continue long after the displays at the NIU Art Museum. We really appreciate all DCCF does for the community.”

The NIU Art Museum is located on the west end of the first floor of Altgeld Hall. The galleries are open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and by appointment for group tours. Exhibitions are free; donations are appreciated. 

The museum’s exhibitions are sponsored in part by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, the Friends of the NIU Art Museum, and the Arts Fund 21. For more information, visit or call (815) 753-1936.