Scholarships at TAC

From toddlers experimenting with finger paints to senior citizens learning to use the potter’s wheel, The Art Center brings the arts to life through hundreds of classes, monthly exhibitions, special educational events and outreach programs every year. The Art Center is proud to partner with area schools, surrounding communities, and other organizations to offer over 100 scholarships per year to local students, adults and senior citizens, and outreach programs that help extend the benefits and reach of the arts.

TAC offers over 200 scholarships per year

Need-based scholarships are granted to those who would not ordinarily be able to afford participating in art enrichment courses. Students attending courses at TAC who have shown extraordinary talent, workmanship, and citizenship earn merit scholarships.

TAC is a community-based organization whose goal is to ensure access to the arts for all ages and cultural interests.

2019 Spring Session Scholarships

Scholarships for the Spring session are now available! Applications should be filled out completely and returned to the office by March 21, 2019.

Becas ya estan disponibles para la sesion de primavera! Solicitudes deben completarse totalmente y devolverse a la oficina antes del 21 de marzo de 2019.

For questions or concerns please contact Zoe Carlson at / Para preguntas o preocupaciones, por favor contactar con Zoe Carlson at

Available scholarships:

  • TAC Need Based Scholarship – English | Spanish
  • Grace Cole Scholarship

The Grace Cole Scholarship Fund honors the late Grace Cole, an artist and former teacher of The Art Center Highland Park (TAC) as well as a friend and mentor to the underwriters; Joan and Mike Moriarty. The Grace Cole Scholarship fund will be ongoing.

About Grace Cole

Born in Chicago, Cole grew up in Oak Lawn, and after marrying and raising three daughters, she registered for her first art lessons at age 32. Studying the style of the Old Masters, Cole drew in carbon, then moved on to painting in oils. Despite the struggles she encountered she was “stimulated by the creativity, the challenges, and the sheer pleasure of the process.”

A presence in the Chicago art community for over 30 years, Grace possessed the traits of the best artists. Curious, creative, and willing to resist being typecast with a single technique or subject matter. Cole’s works are in collections throughout the world, and a portfolio of her work is available online at

Cole passed away on July 18, 2015, at the age of 72, from Alzheimer’s disease.

Please see the Grace Cole applications here:  Need Based  |  Merit Based

Please submit completed applications to:

For more additional questions or information please call the Main Office at 847.432.1888.