Community Partners and Affiliates

Three Brothers Theatre

At the heart of our organization is the belief that theatres should be driven by artists. We do this by striving to be a place of opportunity, a place where artists can experiment with their craft, and a place that serves as an artistic home for many artists under our roof. Our theatre is driven by an incredible company of actors, directors, designers, and more. 

James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts

The JLC is a state-of-the-art facility ideal for showcasing the power and value of the performing arts in Lake County. The Center features three performance spaces to accommodate professional touring events and concerts, as well as college music, dance and theatre department performances and productions. 

Visual Arts Community Engagement 

CLC's Community Art Engagement & Outreach workshops are part of an arts-integrated community outreach program through the Communication Arts, Humanities and Fine Arts Division.  Our outreach efforts include four E.A.S.E. workshops, four A.T.A. workshops, several rotating small exhibits at Lakeshore Campus, and a large art exhibit at the Robert Wright Gallery at Grayslake Campus in May, which all are invited to participate in. Free Art Kits encourage attendees to continue creating and connect to CLC and Waukegan's art community through art, social media, and hashtags. Workshops emphasize creativity, process, and expression over perfection. 

Performing Arts Community Engagement

CLC's PACE program creates opportunities for cultural, social, and historical expression and preservation through community engagement in the performing arts activities. The program provides College of Lake County performing arts students with opportunities for real world experience within the community while cultivating mentorship relationships with working performing artists, and aims to broaden and strengthen existing partnerships between the College of Lake County Communication Arts, Humanities, and Fine Arts Division and the Waukegan art community.

Waukegan Public Library

The Waukegan Public Library has a long history of distinguished service in Waukegan. The library as we know it today was preceded by several operating systems, the first being the Little Fort Reading Room and Library Association, founded on November 24, 1845. Each member paid twenty-five cents per quarter support fee. Along with this fee, members were able to place a book into the library for others to check out.Waukegan’s current library building is located at County and Clayton Streets and is part of a governmental complex including both municipal and county buildings. It was designed by William Ganster of the Waukegan architecture firm of Ganster and Henninghausen. The library opened for service on December 27, 1965 and was dedicated on April 19, 1966. The Library’s 2015 renovation completely transformed the main floor into a learning-focused library space ready to meet the needs of its patrons by creating spaces for collaboration and quiet study and increasing the number of classrooms.