Welcome to The ELEMENT of Rockford… a community of the creative spirit

Our Mission: Building a community of the creative spirit in the heart of Rockford for artists, entrepreneurs and professionals to live, work and play.

A movement to infuse excitement into downtown began as a city hall initiative under the direction of Mayor Larry Morrissey, then turned to artists and arts organizations to help create a downtown arts and cultural district.

How? By responding to community needs and desires. By embracing diverse goals that focus on enhancing community well-being and the growth of downtown. By pulling together individuals and organizations who share the same dream.

Like-minded individuals and groups work together to guide The ELEMENT as it facilitates:

  • Establishing affordable urban housing and studio space where artists work, play, grow and showcase their talents.
  • Developing new places and opportunities for the appreciation of art in all its glorious forms.
  • Creating accessible arts education for young and old.
  • Igniting new life, new economic endeavors, new creativity and continuing an infusion of new members to our community of spirit.

The spirit of the Rockford arts community is alive, well and growing. Join us at a concert, a theatrical presentation, in a class or as a downtown resident artist. See how elements of The ELEMENT fit your lifestyle!