Welcome to the Department of Cultural Arts!
Truly, Glenview is a community where cultural arts programs enhance the lives of residents.
Glenview, IL 60026
M-F | 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Sa | 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Su | 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Department of Cultural Arts enhances the lives of residents with theatre, dance and music
The School of Performing and Visual Arts at the Glenview Park District offers over eighty classes a season in the following genres: dance, theatre, drawing, watercolor, ceramics, glass fusion, visual variety classes as well as opportunities for individuals to serve as a volunteer with the Glenview Art Guild, Glenview Theatre Guild and the Glenview Concert Band. Our programs are inclusive to all ages and abilities. Our youngest participant is 18 months and our oldest student is a dancer in our Over 50 Tap class who is 85. All of these cultural arts offerings offer up amazing community building experiences for the residents of Glenview and beyond. Our programs engage the community through arts education, free performances and visual arts displays throughout park district facilities, community buildings and parks.
Find out more about the following programs
Our students are encouraged to become technically proficient in specific genres of dance, while at the same time, building positive self-esteem through working in groups and also on solo projects.
Some of the classes are listed below:
- Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical
- Hip Hop
- Adult Dance including jazz, ballet, square dance, belly dance, Latin & ballroom
- Three Dance Companies
- A Hip Hop Dance Company called Synergy
- Competitive Cheer and Poms programs
We have over 400 dancers in our program. The Youngest dancer is 18 months, our oldest dancer is 85. We have two large dance productions a year:
- The Winter Petite Dance Recital (showcasing our dancers ages 3-6)
- The Spring Annual Dance Production (showcasing dancers ages 6-85)
Center Studio has several dance companies; Tres Petite Elite (ages 4-6), Tres Petite Elite (7-10), Jr.
Company (10-13), and Senior Company (ages 10-18). We also have a competitive cheer team that competes throughout the Chicago land area as well as a newly formed Hip Hop Caompany called Synergy.
The mission of GTG has always been to offer Glenview (and the surrounding communities) high quality, low cost exposure to theater. For over forty years, GTG has produced Broadway style musical productions and has provided the perfect outlet for talented individuals from Glenview and throughout Chicagoland to share their gifts on stage. GTG has partnered with not only the Glenview Park District, but also the two local high schools, Glenbrook North and Glenbrook South, to house the summer production. What also makes the productions so unique is the addition of a 40 piece LIVE orchestra that performs during every show. Over 3,000 audience members enjoy these annual productions.
Founded in 1985 by Dick Austin, The Glenview Concert Band (GCB) is comprised adult musicians from Glenview and surrounding neighborhoods. While some members are professional musicians, most find a welcome place to continue their love of playing instruments. We play many genres of music: classical, contemporary, popular, marches, and showtunes, to name a few. Auditions are not necessary, but the music we play is not for beginners. The concert band recently performed as the headliner for the Glenview Park District July 4th Twilight Show. GCB does an amazing job of engaging the Glenview community through free performances; providing opportunities for individuals who may not otherwise be exposed to the joys of live music.
The Glenview Children’s Theatre (GCT) is in its 35th year. Children ages 5 through 15 are able to participate in four productions a year. The mission of GCT is to provide extraordinary theatre experiences that educate, challenge, and inspire children in an inclusive and supportive environment, encouraging creativity, positive self-esteem and personal growth.
The Visual Arts programs at the Glenview Park District covers several genres, such as ceramics, water color, drawing, glass fusion and various other mediums. This program is a true paragon in showing how student’s arts can be enjoyed and presented in various ways throughout the community. The Cultural Arts Hall at Park Center is always showcasing our visual class’s current projects.
Our Adult Arts programs have partnered with Wagner Farm, the Grove, the Glenview History Museum and various other business in Glenview to create art for their buildings, logo ideas for events and flyers for various organizations. The Glenview Art League, a recognized organization of the Glenview Park District, sponsors an Art in the Park showcase every summer in Glenview, exposing art to resident and visitors.
Over 40 years of theatre!
2018 Oklahoma! | 2016 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat | 2015 The Music Man | 2014 Into the Woods | 2013 Thoroughly Modern Millie | 2012 My Fair Lady | 2011 Man of La Mancha
2012 My Fair Lady | 2011 Man of La Mancha | 2010 Beauty and the Beast | 2009 South Pacific | 2008 Oliver! | 2007 Singin’ in the Rain | 2006 Fiddler on the Roof | 2005 The Sound of Music | 2004 Hello, Dolly! | 2003 Kiss Me, Kate | 2002 Annie | 2000 Crazy for You
1999 The King & I | 1998 Damn Yankees | 1997 The Pajama Game | 1996 My Fair Lady | 1995 Guys and Dolls | 1994 The Music Man | 1993 Brigadoon | 1992 Me and My Girl | 1991 Funny Girl | 1990 42nd Street
1989 No, No, Nanette | 1988 Mame | 1987 How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying | 1986 Hello, Dolly! | 1985 Anything Goes | 1984 George M! | 1983 Finian’s Rainbow | 1982 Annie Get Your Gun | 1981 Carousel
1978 The Fantasticks | 1977 Camelot | 1976 Red, White, and Blue | 1975 Oklahoma | 1974 The Music Man
1930 Prairie St.
Glenview, IL 60025