Galena Cultural Arts Alliance (GCAA)

Founded in 2000, the Galena Cultural Arts Alliance acts to expand and co-ordinate activities of the various cultural arts organizations in the Galena area. It provides a greater outlet for individual creativity, enriches our cultural life as a community, and enhances the Galena area’s reputation as an arts attraction.

GCAA acts as an umbrella over the cultural arts organizations in Galena area. Our goal is to help provide volunteers, coordinate timing of events, and create venues to help promote individual artists. The following organizations belong to the GCAA along with approximately 125 individuals.

  • Apple River Fort
  • Galena Center for the Arts
  • Galena Artists Guild
  • Galena Festival of the Performing Arts
  • Grace Arts Council
  • Friends of the Library
  • Spirits of the Museum
  • Jo Daviess Conservation Foundations and Guardians

GCAA sponsors the following:

Year round: Hello Galena! Artist Co-op Gallery and Gifts at 121 N Commerce, Galena IL (website:

April: Arts Recognition Scholarships –Jim Zalewski “Grant for Poetry and Prose Writing,” Music, Drama, or Visual Arts

June:  Annual Picnic and Awarding of Arts Recognition Scholarships

August: Art Fair at the Market House/Hello Galena!

September: Annual Fall awards Gala/membership drive

September: Jo Mead Historical Preservation Award (given in recognition to outstanding efforts made by local citizens to preserve an historic Galena structure.

September: Fall Harvest and Art Festival with Galena Cellars Winery

Check out this website regularly for our calendar of upcoming events.

Member organizations may email event information to  Please include the five Ws - who, what, when, where and why.