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Arts

COORDINATING ORGANIZATIONS

Mundelein Arts Commission
The Mundelein Arts Commission was established to continue the Village’s promise to be a welcoming community, and to implement the objectives of the Village’s Comprehensive Plan and the recommendations of the Village Hall Study Committee with regards to arts and culture within the community.
Mundelein Community Connection
Mundelein Community Connection (MCC) is a not for profit organization dedicated to the economic development, historic preservation and healthy community spirit of Mundelein’s central business district. The organization hosts several community events in Mundelein, many of which promote the arts, including the Mundelein Arts Festival and the One World Festival of Mundelein.
Northern Lake Arts Collective
The Northern Lakes Arts Collective (NLAC) is a non-profit organization intent on building an Arts Center in Mundelein. The NLAC desires to make a positive change by helping to shape the face of the arts in the Northern Illinois area. Its focus is to fund and build a 500-seat performance venue which will include instruction and presentation space for visual and performing arts.
PUBLIC ART

Police Statue
To pay tribute to the Mundelein Police Department’s more than 100 years of service, Mundelein’s Police Statue Committee raised funds to complete a police officer tribute. The project was completed in July 2016 and the life-sized cast bronze statue of a police officer holding the hands of two children, known as "The Protector" was presented to the public.
Utility Box Art
In an effort to bring an artistic flair to Mundelein’s downtown, the Village Board voted to create a utility box art program. Under this program, three streetlight control boxes on Seymour Street in the downtown area were selected to be artistically enhanced.
Little Free Libraries
The Mundelein Rotary Club, School District 75, and the Fremont Library installed “Little Free Libraries” throughout Mundelein. The Little Free Libraries were created to encourage the public to take books they like and leave books for others to enjoy, for free. Library cards aren't required. They promote community engagement, literacy, and public art.
Fremont Library Sculptures
The Fremont Public Library features two wonderful pieces of Mundelein public art which were donated by former library Trustees, Florence Patrick and Sally LaMagdeleine. These two kinetic (moving) sculptures, entitled "Double Spinner" and "Desert Lilly," were handmade by artist and sculptor Lyman Whitaker out of copper and stainless steel.
PERFORMANCE ART

Kirk Players Theatre
The Kirk Players Theatre has been entertaining audiences and providing a creative outlet for its members for nearly 50 years. Kirk Players is a not-for-profit corporation of volunteers organized as a “Community Stock Company” and they provide service to the community through the arts.
Mundelein High School
Mundelein High School Theatre strives to provide a safe, dynamic, creative atmosphere where their students can develop as theater artists and human beings. Their goal is to produce quality productions while providing a valuable educational experience for their students.
Carmel Catholic High School
Carmel Catholic High School's fine arts program includes chorus, band, drama, and visual arts. The drama program produces one play and one musical per year. The drama program is a troupe of the International Thespian Society and has had students participate in the Illinois High School Theatre Festival.
Mundelein Park and Recreation District
The Mundelein Park and Recreation District offers instruction in the creative arts for all ages at the Community Center. Drama, music, and dance programs are available to children and adults of all ages. See the Mundelein Parks are Recreation website for more information.
Concerts in the Park
The Village of Mundelein organizes weekly musical concerts at Kracklauer Park throughout the summer months each year. The Village takes pride in promoting music in the community and invites residents to attend these concerts for enjoyable and memorable Sunday evenings throughout the summer.
One World Festival
The Mundelein One World Festival is a family-friendly festival recognizing cultures around the world through music, dance, food, crafts, and art! The objective of the One World Festival is to promote understanding and acceptance of different ethnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds in a fun, educational, and family-centered environment.
VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS

Mundelein Arts Festival
Mundelein Community Connection hosts the annual Mundelein Arts Festival, a juried art festival that showcases the talents of local artists and craftspeople who work in a variety of media. The two-day event is held each year in September.
James Wilbat Glass Studio
Jim Wilbat is an award-winning glass artist based here in Mundelein. Some of the highlights of his career are having his work in the Rockford Art Museum, winning awards at the Coconut Grove Arts Festival, and sitting on the jury of prestigious art shows. The studio hosts and participates in several glassblowing shows throughout the year.
Patterson Glass
Patterson Glass is a working glass studio under the direction of owner and artist, Peter Patterson. Mr. Patterson has worked in hot glass for over 35 years and loves to share his knowledge with those who attend his year-round glassblowing classes, open houses, and special events.
Just Your Art Studio
Just Your Art Studio works with students to cultivate a joy of self-expression and accomplishment found in creating their own paintings, whether they are grownups enjoying sips of wine between brush strokes or kids discovering their talents during summer classes.
The Art Room
The Art Room in Mundelein, founded by Stacee Kalmanovsky, provides fine arts lessons, art classes for children, no school and summer art camps, face painting, art to order, adult workshops, and hosts parties and events. Drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture classes are available in Mundelein all year round.