Boone County Arts Council | est.1987

The Boone County Arts Council was established in 1987 by the Belvidere Area Chamber of Commerce and functions as an all-volunteer 501-c3 organization.  The BCAC office is inside the Historic Baltic Mill at 920 W. Lincoln Avenue, Belvidere.

The mission of the Boone County Arts Council is to enhance the quality of life for people throughout Boone County by promoting the endowment, development, and enjoyment of the Arts.

The BCAC has developed and sponsored many programs designed to enrich the life of Boone County residents including the Summer Concerts in the Park, the county-wide Student Art Show, the Fifth Grade Arts Festival, Paint on State, and the Downtown Mural Project. The BCAC has also published a booklet on the public art in Boone County as well as a pamphlet on the murals.  We work in close partnership with numerous organizations in our community.

You can find out more in ‘A Guide to Public Art in Boone County‘.

2023 Concerts in the Park
Sunday evenings at 6:30 pm. Free to the public.
Bring your own lawn chair or a blanket.
Rain Site: Community Building at 111 W. 1st St., Belvidere, IL – except June 24, July 2, and July 23.
Current CDC COVID guidelines will be followed.
You can download the full schedule here.

Unity Mural
Look at the new, redesigned Unity Mural on the Apollo Theater at 104 N. State Street.  This mural is a reimagination of the original Unity Mural created in 1998.  The American House Mural at 212 N. State Street, one of the original murals painted at the “Wall Dog Festival” in June 1997, has been refreshed and updated.  Download the new murals brochure here.

Art Voyage App
Download the new app to your phone and take a trip around to view all the public art locations.  You also will be able to see the art sorted by what is nearest to your location.  When you visit a sculpture or mural, you can “unlock” the art and you will see animated confetti that will mark the location as visited.  Go to www.artvoyage.app

Welcome to Belvidere and the City of Murals

Click below to view the video

Board Members

Heidi Thacker, President
Maria Werchowec-Hernandez, Past-President
Lauren Hart, Vice President
Jean Twyning, Secretary
Karen Shifo, Treasurer
Brittany Bender
Chris Gardner
Debbie Carlson
Gary Simon
Gary Tate
Gary Thacker
Jeni Landsee
Jeremy Schultz
Joanna Dowling
Karrie Pace
Lauren Hart
Lexie Gruber
Michael Hart
Troy Yunk