Decatur Area Arts Council Hosts Local Locomotives Exhibit This Summer

May 16, 2024

Explore art and artifacts focused on the history and heritage of railroads in Decatur and Central Illinois.

The Summer Arts and Culture Exhibit at the Decatur Area Arts Council is an educational program that fosters a local understanding and appreciation of many different cultures. This summer, DAAC will host an exhibit entitled Local Locomotives, focusing on the history and heritage of railroads in Decatur and Central Illinois.

These educational opportunities are provided free of charge with the goal of fostering an awareness and appreciation of other people and cultures. This program is uniquely valuable as there are so many people in the Decatur area who have direct personal and professional connections with the local railroad.

The programs include:

  • Summer Cultural Exhibit (June 7th–July 23rd) featuring a variety of historical artifacts and artwork related to the Illinois railway. The items on exhibit are on loan from private collections, as well as from the Staley Museum, Macon County History Museum, Wabash Frisco & Pacific Association, and the National Railroad Hall of Fame. Our exhibits are no-touch exhibits and children must be supervised. We encourage you to learn and engage through viewing the artwork and artifacts.
  • Opening First Friday Event (Friday, June 7th from 5-7:30 pm) featuring the Local Locomotives exhibit in the 1st floor Anne Lloyd Gallery and hands-on artmaking in the 2nd floor Barnett Art Studio. Music by Kristen Stoddard will be on the 3rd floor Loft, 5:30-7 pm. We will also have refreshments catered by Coney McKane’s on the 3rd floor Loft. Lastly, Water Street will be closed to allow complimentary kids ride on a train powered by a conductor.
  • Group Field Trips (June/July) are available to schedule throughout the summer. A field trip features a guided tour of the exhibit, followed by a hands-on art project based on the history of our local railway system. Please call 217-423-3189 for more information.
  • July First Friday Gallery Walk (Friday, July 12th from 5-7 pm) explore the gallery in the community-friendly open house, featuring the music from local musician Dee Robinson. Light refreshments provided.

Visit other downtown galleries that will be open during the June 7th and July 12th gallery walks.

  • Blue Connection, 117 N. Water St.
  • Gallery 510, 160 E. Main St. - Artist Talk @ 6:30 p.m.

We would like to thank our sponsors:

Electric Train Level

  • Alan & Beth Frigy

Diesel Train Level

  • John & Cheryl Bradley
  • Doug & Leslie Hein
  • Hans & Sue Henseler
  • Ardith Hubbard
  • Phil & Janet Jones
  • Virginia “Sis” McDonald

Steam Train Level

  • Jim & Vicki Wrigley

This program is funded in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.


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