Performing arts students gathered around a riser


“…those best results of civilization upon which depend the finer and freer aspects of living must be incorporated into our common life…if we would have democracy endure.” – Jane Addams
The speakers, artists, scholars, dedicated citizens and performers, who are our guests on campus throughout the academic year, are role models for our community. Events include exhibits and lectures from the Art Gallery, speakers and performers within the Forum Series, and the Performing Arts line-up of plays and musicals. These events invite all members of our campus community, as well as members of the general public, to share in moments that explore different cultures, uplift unique art forms, and connect themes from the classroom to our modern and changing global society.
Reflecting the variety and scope of programming, such noted speakers as Dr. James Orbinski of Doctors Without Borders, South Africa’s Naomi Tutu, Pakistan’s former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, and Arun Gandhi, grandson of spiritual leader Mohandas “Mahatma” Ghandi, all have visited the campus. Other offerings have included a slide lecture by world famous installation artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude, a vocal recital by Jubilant Sykes, and a lecture by Oscar Arias, Nobel Laureate and former president of Costa Rica.

Box Office
Clark Arts Center
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
fax: 815-394-5167


Fall/Spring Hours:
Mon-Fri - 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Summer Hours:
Tue-Fri - 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm