Scholarships at TACHP

From toddlers experimenting with finger paints to senior citizens learning to use the potter’s wheel, The Art Center Highland Park brings the arts to life through hundreds of classes, monthly exhibitions, special educational events and outreach programs every year. The Art Center Highland Park 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 TACHP who have shown extraordinary talent, workmanship, and citizenship earn merit scholarships.

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

2019/20 Spring Session Scholarships

Before Applying, please read this important information:

Dear Applicant;

We wanted to inform you of some adjustments that are being made to the scholarship program at The Art Center Highland Park. This may affect your application so please read thoroughly.

The dollar amounts of scholarships awarded this past year far exceeded our budgeted expectations. Also, because of the difference in class curriculum and cost, there is a substantial gap in the amounts awarded to individuals. We are taking steps to close that gap and make the process of awarding scholarships more balanced among applicants.

Effective in Fall of 2019 scholarships will not be as available as they have been in the past. Our process this year will be to award a percentage of the class price, with all household information taken into account. We will notify applicants in advance of their award amounts and request that our offers are accepted within 72 hours of notification by TACHP so that we might reallocate those funds if you will not attend our classes.

Our goal for the past few years has continued to be ‘Making Art Available to All’ and we have expanded that scope of effort by adding our current pledge: ‘Expanding Our Horizons’. This change in policy will allow us to award more scholarships to more students with a greater balance for all applicants, and to continue our outreach so that people from more area communities can enjoy equal access to the arts.

Please don’t hesitate to visit the office if you have further questions or concerns about scholarships or tuition at TACHP.


James M. Lynch
Executive Director

Available scholarships:
TACHP Need Based Scholarships:

English SPRING Session 2020 Scholarship Application
Spanish SPRING Session 2020 Scholarship Application


The Grace Cole Scholarship Fund honors the late Grace Cole, an artist and former teacher of The Art Center Highland Park (TACHP) 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.