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‘.

The world is opening up as the pandemic begins to wind down and the Boone County Arts Council is getting ready for a summer of terrific events. Belvidere Heritage Days will take place on June 25, 26, and 27, 2021. The BCAC will be hosting “Paint on State” again on June 26. Several murals will be restored the same weekend. The Summer Concerts in the Park will begin on Sunday, June 6, on the Baltic Mill Stage in Belvidere Park. Current COVID guidelines will be in place for all events.

Welcome to Belvidere and the City of Murals

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Board Members

Heidi Thacker, President
Maria Werchowec-Hernandez, Past-President
Lauren Hart, Vice President
Jean Twyning, Secretary
Karen Shifo, Treasurer
Karrie Pace
Debbie Carlson
Gary Simon
Gary Tate
Gary Thacker
Janet Hyland
Jay Allen
Jeni Landsee
Jeremy Schultz
Jerome Jones
Joanna Dowling
Lauren Hart
Lexie Gruber
Michael Frederiksen
Michael Hart
Troy Yunk