Youth Employment Program

  • Illinois Arts Council
  • James R. Thompson Center, 100 West Randolph, Suite 10-500
  • Chicago, IL 60601
  • Phone: (312) 814-6750
  • Fax: (312) 814-1471
  • TDD: (888) 261-7957
  • Email:
  • Website:

Purpose of the Program

This program supports direct funding for high quality employment initiatives for high school students to provide positive cultural experiences and paid-on-the-job training in the arts to enhance their personal development.  Organizations must be current program grant recipients that provide arts programming opportunities for youth, and must be able to provide guidance and monitoring of the youth by a supervising adult who is active in their organization’s arts programming.

Who is Eligible

Each Illinois Arts Council grant program has specific matching grant requirements (available on-line).

Availability of Funds


Types of Assistance