News & Events

See our newsletters (current and past)  for full details of activities.

We're looking for someone to shoot a video about the Arts Center: You could win $250! 

The Village of Bartlett is having a video contest to promote the Village's shopping, dining and entertainment. We'd like to create one featuring our gallery and activities at the Arts Center. Videos will be featured on the Discover Bartlett Facebook page and on the Village website and TV channel.  The videos getting the most votes from viewers in each category will win a $250 gift certificate.

You can enter in one of three categories: high school students, adult, and children under 13 years old. The length is 30 to 120 seconds. The contest closes on April 1.

Just check out our calendar of events and the Color My World class schedule. Come in and shoot video and then edit down to the most interesting clips to show what Arts in Bartlett has to offer.  Upload to your favorite video hosting site such as youtube and then send a link to . If you have any questions about what to feature, just contact us at or 630 372 4152.

 High School Scholarship Application. Deadline April 15, 2015. Click here to download description and application 

New Village Hall Exhibit

February 3-28, 2015,  Bartlett Village Hall, 2nd Floor Gallery, 228 S. Main St. "Study in Black & White" Photography The exhibit  features Melissa Lloyd's  works from the Methodist Campgrounds located along the  river in Des Plaines.  She called her subject “a photographer’s dream” with the cottages painted white with green trim. The flooding of the Des Plaines River throughout the years has caused the campground’s deterioration, which she said created a “subtle beauty.” She used a 35MM Nikon FMz to shoot and custom print each of the images. She is a Bartlett resident and Maine West High School teacher in Des Plaines. 

February 17 Artist Reception

6:00 to 7 p.m. Melissa Lloyd Exhibit Reception. Free and open to the public. Refreshments served. 

February 17, 2015  Arts in Bartlett Artist Gathering 

7:9 pm  Arts in Bartlett Arts Center, 215 S. Main. Free. Networking opportunity. Learn the hardware requirements for hanging your artwork professionally. Contact to RSVP or for more details. 


Teacher Linda Kay, Bartlett Center for the Arts, 215 S. Main. Go to the Adult Art Page for more information and registration  

Saturday February 7, 10 am – noon “Fun with Yupo Paper” Ink and Media

Saturday February 7,  3-5 pm “Linda Kay’s Uncorked Art Classes”

Monday, February 16. One hour, on the hour 6,7 or 8 pm Beginners “Zen Doodle Drawing” Drop in Class

Saturday February 21,  1-5 pm  My Favorite Vase” mixed media collage

Saturday, February 21, 6:30 to 9 pm Beginners “Tunisian Crochet” Coaster Set

Monday, February 23. 6-7 pm Beginners “Zen Doodle Drawing” Drop in Class

Monday, February 23, 7-8:30 pm  Intermediate “Tunisian Hand Crochet” Infinity Scarf

Friday, February 27, 6:30 – 9 pm Intermediate “Tunisian Hand Crochet” 3 Color Scarf

Special Events

Friday, March 6, 7 pm. 

"Tropical Vacation" Art Reception and Party. Hawaiian shirts and sandals are encouraged. Bartlett Arts Center, 215 S. Main

 Sunday, April 26 

Children's Fashion Show, featuring local designers and children’s clothing stores as a fundraiser for the Bartlett Center for the Arts. It will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday April 26, at the Nature Center  Auditorium,  2054 W. Stearns Road in Bartlett. We are looking for outgoing boys and girls whose families are members of Arts in Bartlett who would like to participate by modeling the clothing. To be considered, send your name, phone number, email, a photo of your child with age and size of clothing.  Responsibilities include taking children for a fitting and one rehearsal.

 Volunteers are needed. Can you 

  • Donate or acquire raffle items, arts-related items are encouraged
  • Help plan theme, music, props, staging
  • Help plan refreshments
  • Sell tickets
  • Videotape event
  • Design program and posters
  • Sell ads for program
  • Plan choreography
  • Handle the “talent” lineup at event
  • Plan “halftime” entertainment 

To volunteer, contact us at; 630 372 4152

Every Wednesday, 7 p.m.  Bartlett International Chorus, Rehearsal takes place at the new Bartlett Center for the Arts, 215 S. Main St. New members welcome. Call Rita 630-956-8814 for more information.  

Saturday & Sunday, June 27-28

Annual Festival of the Arts. Deadline for artist applications is April 1. Go to the 2015 Arts Fest page for more information