Carbondale Community Arts

Encouraging the creative culture of Southern Illinois since 1987.

About CCA

Carbondale Community Arts (CCA) has served Carbondale and the southern Illinois region since 1987. CCA’s mission is to expand available avenues and develop new resources for learning and participation in the arts by our community, with a strong focus on area youth and to encourage the emergence and development of cultural opportunities throughout Southern Illinois. CCA hosts opportunities through arts and humanities-based exhibits, programs and special events.

As a Local Arts Agency partner with the state’s Illinois Arts Council Agency, CCA is a resource for area artists, organizations and nonprofits providing opportunities for program funding in addition to guidance and expertise.

CCA’s gallery, Artspace 304 is located centrally in Carbondale’s downtown area. Its offerings are geared toward diverse audiences of all ages, families, and a broad range of income groups. CCA strives to expand and enhance our role as the region’s most prominent source for quality art, bring it to the public, and renew community members’ sense of home.

Contact us for volunteer opportunities

The arts are more important than ever for a healthy, diverse, creative and vibrant culture. We need your help in organizing, planning and reaching out to the community to help promote the arts in our city and the region. Join us!

Want to support CCA?

A donation to CCA is a great way to promote the arts in Southern Illinois! Your support allows CCA to create engaging public exhibitions, performances and screenings that inspire. Please consider a donation $150, $100 or $50!



Stop by CCA’s gift shop:
304 W. Walnut St.

Tuesday – Saturday: 12pm – 5pm

Contact the shop:
(618) 457-5100

Artspace 304
January 18 – February 26: DeSande R Retrospective: 1983 to 2021
The reception will be Friday, February 11, from 4 – 6 p.m.

On view now at Artspace 304 is DeSande R: Retrospective 1983 to 2021. The exhibition features artwork representing a wide span of time in DeSande R’s career. The work ranges in media, style and content with paintings, drawings, printmaking and analog photography. DeSande explores material in self portraits, portraits of prominent Carbondale community members, themes of racial justice and African folklore.

Visit during our business hours Tuesday – Saturday 12 – 5 p.m.

Events Schedule

Future Events
Stay tuned for the return of Sandwiches and Strings, our monthly lunchtime concerts of string instrumental music at artspace304. Dates and performers will be announced soon!

2022 – Arts Midwest Worldfest and CCA collaborate again in bringing international artists to Carbondale. Hadar Maoz, a contemporary Persian- Israeli songwriter and fusion artist comes with her ensemble in March and Paulo Badhila e Bando will bring Brazilian rhythms to the area next spring. (attached photo of Hadar Moaz)


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Our online media gallery features Dan Johnson, Artist in Alto Pass IL. Check it out here.


Check out the current opportunities we have for local artists and craftspeople below.

Artspace 304 Exhibition Proposal 2021-2022

We’re currently accepting applications from local artists to showcase their work in our exhibition space in 2021-2022.

Craft Southern Illinois

Carbondale Community Arts is hosting Craft Southern Illinois, an arts and crafts festival in our gallery artspace304. Local artists & craftspeople are encouraged to apply by Friday, October 22nd.

The Southern Arts Fund (SAF)

Artists and organizations wishing to provide thoughtful and accessible arts programming and outreach for their communities are encouraged to apply to the 2021 Southern Arts Fund (SAF).

The Leadership

Marsha Ryan, President
Kathleen Pine, Vice President
Kristina Scott, Treasurer
Jak Tichenor, Secretary
Darrell Bryant, Member
Camille Davidson, Member
Steve Grimmer, Member
Carolin Harvey, Member

Kevin Hunsperger, Member
Curtsy Kenny, Member
Fern Logan, Member
Jay Needham, Member
Elaine Ramseyer, Member
Gail White, Member
Chuck Benya, Executive Director

CCA’s Mission + Values

The overarching mission of Carbondale Community Arts is to cultivate, nurture, and celebrate the creativity of our total community. This mission is advanced by:

• promoting and facilitating access to and popular appreciation of the arts throughout the greater Carbondale community

• expanding available avenues and developing new resources for learning and participation in the arts by community youth

• encouraging the emergence and development of cultural opportunities for citizens throughout Southern Illinois


Artspace 304
304 W. Walnut St.
Carbondale, Illinois 62901
Tuesday – Saturday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Please park in the First Christian Church parking lot, located on W. Monroe St. and S. University Ave.

(618) 457-5100

© 2022 Carbondale Community Arts