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Arts Engagement

K-12 Arts Engagement

The McAninch Arts Center offers audience and community members the opportunity to interact with artists beyond the performance. We provide experiences which offer people of all ages opportunities to engage with visiting artists, including:
Find out more about this series of theater and musical performances aimed at students ranging in age from pre-kindergarten to high school.

Artist Residencies

Residencies enable the artists to be in our community for an extended time. These artists are available for master classes, workshops and/or lecture demonstrations.

Classes at the MAC

The MAC offers professional development for teachers as well as classes offered on Saturdays for youth.

Master Classes

Master classes offer students a chance to perform and receive critique from a master artist in an intimate setting. Number of participants varies.

Classroom Visits

Can’t afford a school trip? Consider a free classroom visit. Artists can visit your school to provide a lecture demonstration or hands-on workshop. This format works well for small classrooms as well as assemblies. Consider bringing an artist to your classroom FREE OF CHARGE. Reservations are taken; first-come, first-served.

Be part of a vibrant arts community at College of DuPage.

The McAninch Arts Center is home to the Fine and Applied Arts programs at College of DuPage offering a comprehensive arts curriculum within the visual and performing arts. Students may take a single course that interests them or pursue an associate’s degree. Students may find interest in the following programs:

    • Dance
    • Graphic Arts Technology
    • Graphic Design
    • Motion Picture/Television
    • Music
    • Photography
    • Studio Art
    • Theater

Be part of a vibrant community of students from diverse backgrounds working with professional faculty and staff to create a cohesive learning experience. Classes are offered at convenient times and in state-of-the-art classrooms, studios and labs.

For more information about studies in the Fine and Applied Arts, call (630) 942-2048 or visit the Liberal Arts Division website.
MAC Chats are free presentations offered before or after select performances and provide audiences with a greater understanding and appreciation of the upcoming performance.
Check out these study guides to theater productions at the MAC.
View the College Art Collection consisting of 283 individual artworks.
Student theater fall into two categories. StageWorks productions are fully designed productions. Actors' Theatre in the Studio productions use minimal design in order to focus on the acting process as an extension of the classroom.
Discover the MAC's Student Performing Groups: DuPage Chorale, Concert Choir, Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Singers, DuPage Community Concert Band, DuPage Community Jazz Ensemble, Small Group Jazz, Percussion Ensemble, and Guitar Ensemble
Adjacent to the McAninch Arts Center Lobby is the Cleve Carney Art Gallery, a 1,850-square-foot addition with its own outdoor courtyard and entrance. The gallery will offer year-round visual art exhibitions showcasing a variety of innovative art by regional, national and international artists.

Other Student Programs


Artlook showcases College of DuPage’s student works in the performing and visual arts. In a festival setting, meet the artists as you watch theater scenes, walk through photography exhibits, browse graphic design portfolios, listen to music ensembles, watch demonstrations of ceramics, drawing and painting techniques, and much more. Prospective students, families, friends and community members are welcome to join us in a celebration of the best of College of DuPage. This event is free and open to the public. 

Wings Gallery

The mission of the Wings Student Art Gallery is to provide a venue for College of DuPage art students to pursue cultural practices, which reflect the ideas and concepts of contemporary art. The gallery offers students the opportunity to exhibit their artwork and to learn and practice aspects of curation and professional gallery operation. Located in the Student Service Center (SSC), Room 2210, the gallery is free and open during weekdays. For more information, contact Barbara Wiesen, gallery curator, at (630) 942-3206.

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