Arts, Culture and Sports



Artigras - A community/university celebration of the arts, Artigras began in 2015 and continues as an annual spring event.

NIU Athletics - The NIU Huskies invite community members to root for the home team at seasonal athletic events.

Community School of the Arts - Classes, ensembles, and private lessons in music and the visual arts.

Convocation Center - NIU's venue for large scale gatherings, the Convocation Center hosts sporting events, concerts and festivals throughout the year.

CornFest - DeKalbs annual end-of-summer festival includes many NIU-developed games, performances and educational demonstrations.

Egyptian Theatre - NIU's STEM Read program works with staff at the Egyptian Theatre to create entertaining and educational events in downtown DeKalb. STEM Read uses popular youth and children's books to teach the science behind the fiction in events that often feature author visits and demonstrations.

High School Music Clinics - Educational, non-competitive events held throughout the school year in NIU's Music Building, these events give directors and students the chance to showcase their ensembles on NIU's concert hall stage and receive feedback from NIU faculty.

KiteFest - NIU hosts the annual event in a large field near its colleges of Business and Engineering. This yearly fall festival has grown in popularity over more than eight years.

Museums - Local residents (including K-12 classes) can access a number of NIU collections, including those at the Art Museum, Anthropology Museum, Center for Burma Studies and the Blackwell Museum of Education History.

NIRIS - a Northern Public Radio broadcast service which provides current print information to blind and print-impaired citizens of northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.

Northern Public Radio - a network of five stations in DeKalb, Rockford, LaSalle, Sterling and Freeport, NPR serves thousands of listeners each day with a mix of news/talk and classical/jazz broadcasts.

Reality Bytes Film Festival - Short fiction films and documentaries are accepted for submission into the festival from high school, undergraduate and graduate students from across the United States and around the world. Local residents are invited to watch the films during the three-night celebration each April.

School of Music Concert Schedule - Concerts and recitals held in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall and the Recital Hall located in the Music Building on the east side of the NIU campus.

School of Theatre and Dance Productions - Enjoy the variety of shows presented throughout the year by students in NIU's Departments of Theatre and Dance.

Stage Coach Players - For over 70 years, many NIU faculty, staff and students have taken the stage, worked on the crew, and help direct and produce a variety of live theater productions, including musicals, dramas, comedies and mysteries.

STEMFest - The Midwest’s premier festival celebrating science, technology, engineering and math, NIU’s STEMfest features hundreds of hands-on exhibits, contests and activities.  STEMfest is free and held in NIU’s Convocation Center.

Summer Camps - NIU offers over 60 summer day and residential camps in DeKalb and at NIU's Lorado Taft campus, for students in 5th through 12th grades.

Summer in the Arts at NIU - NIU's College of Visual and Performing Arts offers four residential camps in the fields of theatre, jazz and visual art.

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