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Illinois Art Station Awarded Grant from Illinois Prairie Community Foundation – Mirza Arts and Culture Fund

Illinois Art Station is excited to announce that they have been awarded a grant from Illinois Prairie Community Foundation’s Mirza Arts and Culture Fund to support a new program, Art Perspectives. Art Perspectives is an arts engagement program for children in Kindergarten through Fifth grade. Presented in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of […]


Help IAS Put Down Roots!

The new location of Illinois Art Station sits on over 2 acres of land that once provided trees for communities all over the Midwest. In 1890, Frank and Charles Custer founded the Custer Brothers Nursery at 100-102 and 101-103 E. Vernon Ave. In operation for over 100 years, the Custer Brothers Nursery (and the lifelong […]

Illinois Art Station Hires New Executive Director

Illinois Art Station is pleased to announce its recent hire of Laura Jaster, who joins IAS as its new Executive Director. Jaster will oversee IAS in its transition to an independent, public nonprofit and lead a strategic development program that will establish IAS as an integral part of the Bloomington-Normal community. “As a long time […]


Illinois Art Station Mural Project Unveiled in West Bloomington

Through partnership with Artolution, West Bloomington Revitalization Project, and the City of Bloomington, Illinois Art Station created the 2019 Youth Mural Project for local youth to explore issues related to their lives and community, learn about muralism, and envision, design and paint their own community mural. Dozens of incredibly talented children and youth spent four […]

The Importance of Art Education

Illinois Art Station is guided by the knowledge that when children and youth engage with art, they learn about themselves, the world around them, and are empowered to use their voice through creation. Art programs help them become more engaged citizens and develop critical skills they need to excel, including critical observation, creative problem solving, […]