Center for the Arts


For more than 25 years, the Center for the Arts (CFA) has provided children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to explore and expand their unique and creative talents, promoting a sense of accomplishment and empowerment through the arts.  

The result is a dynamic arts organization that daily pushes the edge of the artistic envelope and strives for innovation by offering new possibilities of artistic engagement through exposure to new mediums and ideas.

Artists who cannot see, artists who do not speak, and even artists who do not recognize the presence of others around them, are the painters, sculptors, potters, and designers at Little City who exhibit and sell their work competitively with others who do not face the same challenges.  


Little City’s Center for the Arts (CFA) offers fun and accessible workshops to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Participants must be at least 8 years of age and may extend into late adulthood. A parent/guardian may attend free of charge.  

The Center for the Arts building is located at the front of the Little City campus at 1760 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine.  


CFA provides accommodations and modifications necessary for your loved one to participate. While trained instructors are present, participants must be independent and able to work in a 1:5 staff participant ratio. A support person may attend to assist their participant at no charge.

Cancellation Policy: We know things come up! Please cancel within 24 hours to receive a full refund. If you must cancel after the 24-hour mark, Little City is able to provide a credit for a different workshop in the future. Email [email protected] to cancel if necessary.

Please e-mail [email protected] with the completed registration form provided below.

Pre-registration is required.  


Little City’s Center for the Arts hosts several events throughout the year where residents and families are invited to take part! Check back soon for more!