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Galva Arts Council Celebrates 30 Years

Saturday, September 14th surviving founders and board members, current and past, joined to celebrate the 30th year of the Galva Arts Council (GAC).


Since its inception in 1989, GAC has worked to connect community members of all ages through a variety of arts opportunities. This all-volunteer organization has relied on community support for its entire existence.


The Galva Arts Council Coffeehouse Music Series, which began as a community jam session in 1992, has changed over the years. The GAC hosts a featured performer monthly from October through April. A casual open mic session, where members of the community share songs, stories, poems, and more, follows, closing the evening. The coffeehouse sessions are open to the public and free for all. A team of GAC volunteers provide light refreshments.


Since 2015, GAC has held an annual open mic memorial concert on the evening of July 3rd at Wiley Park in memory of John Sloan, a founder of GAC and a big supporter of the Coffeehouse Music Series. This concert is free to the public and typically features performances from 30 or more local artists.


In 2018, GAC launched the annual Levitt AMP Galva Music Series. This free, family-friendly concert series brings a diverse lineup of music to Wiley Park for 10 consecutive weeks.


Throughout the year GAC also offers a variety of other activities including: mixed media arts classes, make and take children’s events, art shows, a Christmas wreath festival, garden walks, bus trips to Chicago to see musical productions, photo shows and more.


The mission of the Galva Arts Council (GAC) is to enrich the quality of life in our town through the advancement and promotion of the arts including: encouragement of the appreciation of the arts through participation in and attendance of art events, the provision of membership services, and advocacy for the arts.


To learn more about the Galva Arts Council please visit galvaartscouncil.org.