Community Arts Initiative

Current Exhibit: Community Support Services / CSS Academy


Located in Downtown Brookfield, just down the street from Brookfield Library, CSS Academy is an all abilities learning and recreation center in affiliation with Community Support Services, Inc. CSS Academy provides classes and activities in a fun, progressive, and creative environment. The creative arts programming offers weekly art classes, as well as workshops, such as our monthly Fine Art with Friends painting and wine nights and open studio sessions. With a therapeutic focus and the belief that creative expression plays in important role in an individual’s health, and the health of their community, CSS Academy offers individuals, both with and without disabilities, a place to exercise their creative potential.

Featured in this art exhibition are 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. It is important to expand the reach of their artistry, and demonstrate that people with and without disabilities can be artists and thrive as active participants in their communities. “Our artwork shows that creativity knows no bounds. It is not only for a select few, but for all.”  The artists create works in a variety of mediums to display and sell, ranging from small to large-scale paintings, functional ceramic art items, and mixed media creations.

The artwork is as much about the process, as it is about the finalized image. “The content of much of our work is celebrating what makes us happy, what makes us unique, and at the same time what unites us.“ CSS Academy creates a platform to showcase, advocate for, and bring awareness to the creative talents of individuals with and without intellectual/developmental disabilities.

Look for us on Etsy Shop name: CSSAcademy

Find us at the Brookfield Farmers Market and Brookfield Fine Arts Festival! We also take custom orders. Please stop into our Academy, check-out a class, and build a new connection in your community.


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.



CSS Academy students

Meet the Artists!
Exhibit Reception
Friday, August 10 at 6 p.m.