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Mundelein Arts Commission

Mission Statement

The Commission will consist of ten (10) members, all of whom shall be appointed by the Mayor of the Village of Mundelein, with the consent of the Board of Trustees. The Village is seeking individuals to serve on the Mundelein Arts Commission who have some personal, professional, or academic experience within a genre of the cultural, visual, or performing arts. This includes, but is not limited to: drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, design, crafts, photography, video, filmmaking, architecture, fashion, music, theater, poetry, or dance. For those individuals without a background in the arts, professional marketing experience may be substituted to meet the preferred qualifications.

Members of the Commission must be residents of the Village, a business owner in Mundelein, or an employee of a business in Mundelein.


Joyce Lee, Chair
Daniel Arends
Jeff Justman
Stan Kirschener
Sarah Allred
Dr. Bruce Moon
Gail Smith
Aurelia Spicuzza
Roberta Sweetow


  • Sunday, December 3, 2017 - Open Mic Night at El Barrio Restaurant


Writing Contests
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The Mundelein Arts Commission (MAC) hosts biannual writing contests, open to all Lake County residents. Each edition of the contest will have a different genre or theme. Cash prizes are awarded for all contests. The MAC publishes winners and honorable mentions into a preserved collection available for free called "Mundelein Writes". Winning playwrights also have the opportunity to see their show produced for a public audience. Entrants must live or work in Lake County. Anyone interested in the writing contests is encouraged to contact for further information.

The next writing contest is planned for Spring of 2018, and will be a short story writing contest open to Junior High and High School students. Stay tuned for details this winter!

Fall 2017 Flyer (Now Closed)

Issues of "Mundelein Writes", which contain winning and honorable mention stories, are available for free at the Village Hall. Digital issues of "Mundelein Writes" can also be downloaded below:

Open Mic Nights
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Got talent? We need you! Attention musicians, poets, authors, actors, comedians, magicians, and storytellers! It is your time to step forward in Mundelein and hear the applause of family, friends, and neighbors. The Mundelein Arts Commission (MAC) organizes a series of Open Mic Nights hosted at local businesses to promote music, poetry and literary readings, and the performing arts in the Village of Mundelein. Anyone with talent to share is invited to participate.

Open Mic Nights are designed to give performance artists of all kinds the opportunity to present their work in a safe, comfortable environment, and get audience feedback as they hone their craft. Many professional performers started at similar open mic events, and consider it a major step toward launching a career in show business.

The current Open Mic Night series is held at El Barrio, 1122 N Diamond Lake Rd, Mundelein, IL. The Open Mic Nights will take place on Sundays - October 1, November 5, and December 3 from 6:30 - 9 p.m. Sign-up is in advance - to sign-up for a future MAC Open Mic Night, please contact Jeff Justman of the Mundelein Arts Commission at or 847-989-9634.

Fall 2017 Open Mic Nights Flyer
Spring 2017 Open Mic Nights Flyer (Past)

Arts Commissioners Jeff Justman and Stan Kirschner were interviewed on Vita Verden's Senior Issues, Etc. program:


  • Murals
  • Local Artist Directory
  • Artwork in Vacant Storefronts
  • More to come!


Open Mic Night - AREA General Store
Open Mic Night - AREA General Store