Inspired Elgin

The City of Elgin, Elgin Cultural Arts Commission, Seigle Foundation, Chamber Music on the Fox, Hemmens Cultural Center, Palmer Foundation and the Daily Herald once again welcome Elgin residents to the Civic Center Plaza to celebrate arts and culture. Inspired Elgin: an immersive arts and cultural experience, is a family-friendly celebration of the arts taking place on September 18th from 1:00pm-5:00pm, culminating in a free concert featuring pianist Anne-Marie McDermott with Chamber Music on the Fox at 3:00pm. Come out and enjoy a taste of the arts and culture that Elgin has to offer!

Wander the plaza and enjoy the various arts offerings that Elgin has to showcase including a paint-by-number mural, art making activities with Side Street Studio Arts, live-model drawing with Oddball Art Labs, roaming Shakespeare performances by Goodly Creatures and more! Additional pop-up performances by, Elgin Symphony Orchestra and The Mayfields, and the Gail Borden Library will be on site with their Bookmobile! Several area food trucks are also participating. More information on this soon. 

A new temporary immersive sculpture will be unveiled as part of the event! Utilizing multi-colored cords and an aluminum frame form the structure for the new artwork which depicts two foxes from a bird's eye view. The addition of multi-colored plexiglass installed at the top make this work truly immersive to walk through. The sculpture will be in the center of the Civic Center Plaza through mid-October. The community will be able to visit the work again in future years at other parks in Elgin. This new sculpture is possible thanks to generous support of the Palmer Foundation and the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission. 

Tickets to the concert are free, but reservations are required in advance. The concert will also be streamed on the speakers on the plaza. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket or chairs to enjoy the music on the lawn. Following the concert, attendees are encouraged to visit our downtown restaurants and further enjoy what Elgin has to offer. Reserve your tickets now at

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