The Academy Building
Home to Woodlawn Preschool Academy of the Arts & Woodlawn Dance Academy
The building that currently houses Woodlawn Arts Academy, at 3807 Woodlawn Road in Sterling, was built in the 1950s. It has approximately 20,000 square feet on four levels. The building has been a K-8 school, an alternative school, a child care center and a special education center.
In 2004, the Dillon Foundation purchased the building with the vision of it being an arts center. Today, there are are three wings with 12 classrooms, a lounge and a performance center with a kitchenette.
Woodlawn Arts Academy was built for quality, safety and efficiency, and designed for the pursuit and celebration of the arts. The Academy provides special lighting for optimum visibility when creating visual artwork, soundproof rooms of the highest quality for music lessons, specialized floors in the dance studios to protect dancers’ joints, an environmentally friendly geothermal heating system, the J. Mark Beaty Performance Center for putting on plays and recitals, and much more!
The Woodlawn Woodshop
In 2016 work was completed on our off-campus Woodshop, at 1801 Plant Road, Suite 5, Sterling. The building houses a large woodworking area with professional equipment for classes and independent projects, along with a classroom for safety training.
The Farmhouse & Barn
Next door to our main facility are a Farmhouse and an outbuilding we call the Barn. These two buildings are a wonderful addition to our campus, and offer us additional space for programming, retreats and artist-in-residence opportunities. The Farmhouse offers a full kitchen, two sitting rooms, four upstairs bedrooms and two bathrooms, along with a front and back porch. The Barn has an open area great for classes, meetings and parties, as well as a kitchenette with a refrigerator/freezer and double sink, with windows to the outside of the building.
Woodlawn Arts Academy
Main Campus3807 Woodlawn Road
Sterling, IL 61081
Fax: (815) 626-2491
Woodlawn Woodshop1801 Plant Road, Suite 5
Sterling, IL 61081
Tue & Thu 9am- Noon
Hours can vary, so calling in advance is recommended.
The Performance Center in the main building, Farmhouse, Barn and classrooms are available for rental. Download a copy of our Rental Brochure here, and contact our Office Manager for details or to schedule a tour.