To enrich the life of the community by providing opportunity for all people to attend cultural events close to home . . . to cooperate with existing organizations, assist in the promotion of cultural events, co-sponsor and support development of new programs and activities, and create future audiences by exposing the young to the joy of the arts.
Established in September of 1988, the Council serves almost 800,000 people, including 200,000 families, in the area from O'Hare to Elgin
|“weaving the arts into the fabric of the community”|
The Basic Work of the Council includes the following:
OTHER ACTIVITIES OF THE NORTHWEST CULTURAL COUNCIL:
CULTURAL DIVERSITY AWARENESS FESTIVALS
NWCC organizes a family day of art exhibitions, musical performances, theater offerings, dancing and storytelling sponsored by corporations. Open to the public, funded by corporations,with no admission fees, this event provides a culturally rich experience for residents and promotes the programs and philosophy of the NWCC to the public. The 1991 event, an international dance and music festival, took place at Square D-Schneider Electric and 800 people attended. 1993’s event was hosted and underwritten by OMRON. It focused on American and Japanese cultures with 1,000 people attending. 1998’s event was a Fine Art/Fine Craft Fair featuring 100 artists from all over the United States. It was hosted and sponsored by Northwest Community Healthcare, 4,000 people enjoyed the two day event. “Meet Art on the Hill”, an outdoor event celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the founding of Rolling Meadows took place September 10, 2005. It was a very successful cooperative effort between the City of Rolling Meadows and the NWCC.
The Council developed a cultural diversity program for Square D Schneider Electric employees. Different cultures were highlighted and a luncheon featuring foods of many nations was offered. Performers highlighting traditional cultures were included in the festivities. The Indianapolis Minyo Dancers and a German Oompah Band are examples of the programming.
The Mayan culture of Guatemala was the focus of a two month exhibition at the Kimball Hill Homes Gallery in Rolling Meadows. Students from District 15 and Rolling Meadows High School visited the gallery, wrote poems and drew pictures inspired by the paintings and textiles. A Mayan Cultural program has been added to the "Kids Meet Art"™ presentations.The Council is very aware of the importance of introducing cultural diversity in a positive way to engender respect for all cultures.
CONCERTS AT THE GALLERIES
NWCC sponsors a classical chamber music series, featuring members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, presented at NWCC Corporate Gallery sites. The galleries are precisely the performance venues for which chamber music was composed . . . . . intimate spaces, decorated with fine paintings and sculpture.
ILLINOIS ALLIANCE FOR ARTS EDUCATION SERVICE AWARD was received by NWCC in 1999. As stated in the award, “The Council …... has shown tremendous ability to connect community businesses, educators and professional artists. By promoting and encouraging the participation of all these groups, the Council has provided a boost for the art industry as well as a ‘corridor’ of cultural opportunities for the entire region.”
The Illinois Association of Homes for the Aging and the American Association of Homes for the Aging both awarded the NWCC Corporate Gallery "Art Walk" at Friendship Village, a senior residence in Schaumburg, the “Most Innovative Program Award” for 1992.
The NWCC office and gallery is located at 500 N. Hicks Rd., Suite 200 in Palatine. The gallery exhibits the work of artists participating in the Corporate Gallery Program. The gallery hours are Thursdays 10:00am - 3:00pm, or by appointment: (847) 991-7966. Contact us by e-mail at: email@example.com
We gratefully acknowledge the donation of the Northwest Cultural Council's beautiful space by Northwest Community Healthcare.