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Arts & Culture

Culture

Social and cultural channels are abundant throughout Flossmoor, which is home to over 30 clubs and organizations for people of all ages and interests. Those residing in Flossmoor have taken on an active role in the community through becoming involved in such pursuits as taking part in their children’s schools, Village beautification projects, fundraising events for charitable organizations or engaging in leisure diversions with friends and family.

What’s more, there is a wealth of groups devoted to the enhancement of the Village and its values, continually working toward the overall betterment of the worldwide community. Associations such as the Flossmoor Garden Club, the Homewood-Flossmoor Lions Club, Toastmasters of Homewood, Kiwanis Club of Homewood, Knights of Columbus and the Suburban Youth Symphony comprise just a minor selection of the clubs available for Flossmoor residents.

Opportunities to take the stage can be accessed through The Drama Group, one of the oldest continuously operating theatre troupes in the U.S. This volunteer organization is comprised of a dynamic membership welcoming people of all ages to take part in its highly respected, professionally produced shows. Members also have the opportunity to participate in the Theatre Exchange Program, initiated in 1999. Since then, The Drama Group traveled to Hastings-East Sussex, England twice to perform “Spoon River Anthology” and “You Can’t Take It With You,” and the Stables Theatre Group arrived to perform “Great Expectations” for The Drama Group audiences. Celebrating excellence in community theatre, The Drama Group is dedicated to providing superior theatrical offerings at prices anyone can afford.

In addition to this superb theatrical group, don’t miss the variety of entertainment found at the Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University. Since 1995, this venue has greatly supplemented the cultural landscape of the Chicago Southland. The Center has presented over 375 events while playing host to National and Regional companies including Theatreworks/USA, The Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, The Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, and Victory Gardens Theater of Chicago.

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A more recent cultural attraction in Flossmoor is the Flossmoor Sculpture Gardens. Designed by the revered Chicago landscape architect firm Peter Lindsay Schaudt Landscape Architecture, Inc., the Flossmoor Sculpture Gardens stands as a public art program displaying unique works of art installed in the village square, along charming residential streets and within Flossmoor’s sculpture park. This excellent initiative in the Flossmoor community received the 2003 Merit Award for design from the Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Instituted in 1998 with private donations and an Illinois FIRST grant, the Flossmoor Sculpture Gardens is teeming with permanent and rotating sculpture exhibits that have been installed throughout the Village, via cooperative leases, with well-known artists, an arrangement with 3-D Chicago (host of the Pier Walk at Chicago’s Navy Pier) and Flossmoor’s annual national call for large-scale outdoor sculptures. The Village’s current sculpture collection consists of eight permanent sculptures by distinguished artists Bruce Beasley, Stephen Fischer, Richard Hunt, Howard Kalish, Terry Karpowicz, Mark Lundeen, Scott McMillin and Judith Shea, along with four rotational artworks by artists Bruce Niemi, Jack Howard-Potter, Antoinette Prien Schultze and Bilhenry Walker.

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