Many initiatives are in full swing as the Oak Park Art League (OPAL) prepares for the 2023 exhibition and programming season and beyond. A few exciting organizational updates include new art courses and workshops, additional artist instructors, a more inclusive and equitable use of resources and programming, an increase in course registrants and members, as well as planning for updated space configurations and renovations.

Change and accommodation can be challenging and regenerative at the same time. According to Brad Nugent, Executive Director since March 2022, “the Board of Directors, who are all working volunteers, along with our Staff, genuinely appreciate all the individual discussions, cooperation, and support from our members, friends, and community leaders as we build this organization into a robust and inclusive environment. With continued support, we are working to secure funding for building renovations, which include a new ADA-compliant restroom on the first floor, window replacements, roof and exterior work, electrical upgrades, and hopefully a second classroom on the first floor. As we acquire new resources, we look forward to updating internal processes and long-term projects in addition to the exterior capital improvements.”

As a community-based, 501c non-profit organization, assistance from donors, artists, and the business community is essential. Please consider making a gift and donating to OPAL this holiday season. Visit in person and at for OPAL’s offerings. The Board and Staff invite you to join with OPAL this new century, taking classes, visiting exhibits, becoming members, volunteering, and engaging with art. All are welcome!

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