About the Community School of the Arts

As a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education, we are committed to making high-quality arts education accessible to all. We offer a rich variety of private and group instruction in music and visual arts. We are an outreach program of the NIU College of Visual and Performing Arts. Our teachers and advisors include talented faculty members and students from the college, as well as community artists.

Mission Statement

We are dedicated to promoting the artistic growth of everyone in our community. We encourage lifelong involvement in the arts. To this end, we provide a place for students to experience the arts together, regardless of their skill level or ability to pay.

Contact Us

College of Visual and Performing Arts
Office of External Programs

Music Building 132

Kristin Sherman

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Online Office Hours

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
(lunch from noon – 1 p.m.)

To protect the safety of our staff, students and families, we will operate remotely until further notice. Our staff will be available at their remote offices during normal NIU business hours and can be contacted via phone or email.

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