Updates: Fair Tax Amendment Meeting Video + CoVid Creations deadline change

If you were unable to attend the virtual meeting on October 1 featuring Ralph Martire, Executive Director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability. you can view the recording here. Passcode is: M$33BU.z
The deadline for West Ridge Artist's CoVid Creations call has been changed to rolling. Visit the WRA website for more information.

Help Bring Trader Joe's to West Ridge


We know West Ridge residents have been buzzing about opening a Trader Joe's in our community for ages. Now, the West Ridge Chamber and WRCO are teaming up to pursue this goal! Please sign the petition below and share this with friends and neighbors.  If you're already signed, kindly pass it on via your contacts and social media.


Fair Tax Amendment

When you vote this fall. you have the opportunity to vote on the Illinois Fair Tax Amendment.  Maybe you've seen recent TV ads and wonder if they are accurate.  What is the Fair Tax Amendment?  How will it affect you?  Join us via ZOOM on Thursday, October 1 at 7PM for a presentation by Ralph Martire from the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability.

If you have never used ZOOM, it's easy. Just click on this URL to join the meeting from your computer, tablet or phone. When prompted, download the Zoom installation, which is free. Then click on Open Zoom Meetings to go to the meeting. Enter this passcode to join: 807907
The meeting ID is: 83683042427

During the presentation, if you have questions you can raise them by clicking on Chat and a window will appear for you to type your message.

You do not need to register for a Zoom account to attend. Here is a short instructional video.

Plan to attend this very informative meeting and share the invite with other friends and neighbors!





Show us what you've created! Be featured in the 

West Ridge Artists CoVid Creations Online Gallery!

We’ve all been home alot more than usual - through the lock down, and even now with many places still closed and events moved from in-person to virtual. WRCO wants to showcase what you and/or your children have created during this historic time. We welcome all creations (visual, performing, literary) from West Ridge residents, regardless of your experience or training - from amateurs to professionals to those who are just exploring something new!

Submission is simple - email us one of the following: 

  • a photo of your visual work (painting, sculpture, drawing, photograph, etc. 

  • written piece (poem, short story, etc.)

  • for music and videos: submit your audio or video file via a file sharing service like Dropbox, Google Drive, Icloud, etc. Do not attach file to your submission. Include the URL link to your file instead.

You can include a short description of your work with your name, or remain anonymous, if preferred. 

Work will be featured in the Covid Creations Online Gallery on the West Ridge Artists website and in WRA/WRCO social media posts.
Participants are required to sign and submit a permission form which allows us to publicly display your work. Parents and guardians - if you are submitting a piece created by your child, you are required to submit the parental consent form. You retain all rights to your work.

Deadline is October 15, 2020. 


For questions, email us at westridgeartists@gmail.com

View these details on the West Ridge Artists website

West Ridge Artists Video Project Fundraiser


West Ridge Artists has launched a Go Fund Me page to raise funds to produce more videos showcasing WRA artists, their creative process and their works.  Please consider donating to support local artists in your community. This project will not only help local artists, it will also promote and highlight West Ridge and all of its offerings! Spread the word!

West Ridge Artists Video Project: Go Fund Me

West Ridge Artist Spotlight

As with many events during this time,  our scheduled summer art exhibit, featuring pastel paintings by Ray Noesen and Denise Grossman,, was cancelled. In lieu of live events, we are excited to launch a new video series - the West Ridge Artist Spotlight, produced by videographer  Mirko Popadic of West Ridge. Get to know a featured artist of the WRA group - their creative process and work. Our first artist in this new series showcases Ray Noesen, a visual artist who works in oil pastels.


WRCO 2020 Annual Meeting


According to our by-laws, the WRCO Annual Meeting usually takes place in June. Given the COVID-19 situation, the board decided to move the meeting to August with the hope we could meet in person. Our meeting was to include a discussion about the Fair Tax Amendment (which we will vote on in the November election) and feature a speaker from the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability. Since the center is not holding in-person meetings at this time, they have scheduled a virtual meeting with us on October 1.  Watch for information and a link to join this informative meeting.   

Due to increasing COVID-19 rates, we are holding our Annual Meeting virtually via ZOOM on Thursday, August 20 at 7:00PM. Please join us by using this ➡️ link.
If prompted for a password, enter this number: 975549