Community Arts Initiative

Current Exhibit: CSS Academy


About CSS Academy

Located in Downtown Brookfield, CSS Academy is an all-abilities learning and recreation center in affiliation with Community Support Services, Inc. CSS Academy offers individuals, both with and without disabilities, a place to exercise their creative potential. 

Back for an encore exhibit, the September & October exhibit features the works of  several CSS Academy Artists, with a variety of styles and approaches to artistic expression. These artists have various abilities, yet they all have a dedication to living their best lives and celebrating their talents. 

To learn more about CSS Academy and its programs, visit or stop by the Academy at 3732 Grand Boulevard.

About the Community Arts Initiative

The mission of the Community Arts Initiative is to promote art, stimulate discussion and build community. The initiative was inspired by the local artists’ community who approached the Library with the idea of exhibiting local artists’ works, as is commonplace in public libraries everywhere. 

How to be considered

Artists interested in exhibiting at the Brookfield Public Library are invited to submit an application to Library Director Kimberly Coughran or to Community Arts Initiative Liaison Jason Michael West. Interested applicants should print and complete the Display and Exhibit Application form. Applications should include 3 to 5 high quality jpeg images, an artist bio, and a link to the artist’s website (if applicable). Applications will be accepted throughout the year and will be evaluated on a first come, first served basis. Due to the Library’s limited space, only 2-dimensional art works may be exhibited.  Accepted entries will be exhibited for a period of 8 weeks.

For more information on the Brookfield Public Library, or the new Community Arts Initiative, please contact Library Director Kimberly Coughran at 708-485-6917.



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