Jack Benny Center for the Arts
The Jack Benny Center for the Arts is the home to our cultural arts programs in dance, music, theatre, art, and home to the Dr. Lynn Schornick Theater. Jack Benny Center hosts a wide range of classes and programs for all age groups. For more information on a certain topic, please click:
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Private music lessons are not available at this time for online registration.
Wizard of Oz The Waukegan Park District Cultural Arts Division is traveling to Oz this summer with Compass Creative Dramatics’ to offer a week-long theatre program (ID #3544) July 21-25 from 9:30am-3pm Monday-Thursday and 9am-6:30pm on Friday at the Jack Benny Center for the Arts. Every student receives a part and at the end of the week they perform a 60-minute musical, a retelling of The Wizard of Oz. Students entering first grade through those who have just graduated from high school are encouraged to participate. For further information on the Compass Creative Dramatics’ program, please call the Jack Benny Center for the Arts at 847-360-4740.
Poetry in the Park
An open microphone for spoken word will be available at Roosevelt Park at 6:30pm on the following evenings:
Friday, July 18
Friday, August 15
Call (847) 360-4740 for more information.
Please click HERE to see the current biographies of our fine arts instructors.
Calendar of Private Music Session Dates
For session calendars, please click the session name.
Fees are based on one-half hour private music instruction for an eight-week session. Fees will vary between $128 and $180 (resident fee) based on the faculty member. Please add $5.00 for non-residents per each session.
Click HERE to see the Private Music Fee Matrix.
Payment Due Date
Payment is due at least one week prior to the session start date. Any questions regarding balances must be made between the hours of 10am and 5pm, Monday through Friday.
Payment plan/Balance dueThose families on a payment plan may pay one-half the fee at registration- at least one week prior to the session start date and pay the balance on or before fourth week of the session. Please contact the Center Secretary at 847-360-4745 if you need to make other arrangements for payment.
Parents/Students should call the Jack Benny Center at 847-360-4740 if the student will be absent. You may e-mail the Center by clicking here. Please add us to your email address book. If a call is not made at least one hour before your lesson, it may be considered an unexcused absence by the instructor.
Registering Online?Click HERE to read the online registration information for private music and dance.
Make up lessons
Instructors are required to make up lessons or classes that they have missed. Credits may be issued in private lessons if a lesson cannot be made up. If the student misses a lesson, the instructor determines whether or not a credit is owed (excused or unexcused), if the lesson cannot be made up. In certain circumstances, a pro-rated fee will be allowed. You must see the front desk staff for all inquiries. All faculty are independent contractors, please review their practices/policies with the instructor and inquire about all possible credits that are owed to your child, if necessary.
Music books and supplies
Faculty will instruct students on the purchase of music books and other supplies needed for lessons. Instrument rental is the obligation of the student. JBC does not rent instruments.
Lesson registration is rolled into the next session unless you contact us that you are canceling lessons. School year students receive priority over summer students in the fall. Summer students have priority over the waiting list students.
Cancellation of lessons should be made in a timely fashion. The center carries a waiting list and as a courtesy to our faculty we would like to keep their schedules full.
Students interested in practicing before or after your lesson or during our open hours may do so at no additional fee. Please call in advance for studio availability.
Late Child Pick UpParents are to pick their child up by the time the child’s lesson is scheduled to end. If students are picked up late, parents will be assessed a late fee. Parents will be charged a late pick-up fee of $7 for every 15 minutes or a fraction thereof. If you are late picking up your child after your scheduled pick-up time, the fee assessed is per child. (Even if in the same family). Example: 6:01-6:15pm=$7; 6:16-6:30pm=$14 Parents who are late picking up their child from a program may be asked to leave the program. If a child is not picked up in a timely manner after the end of the lesson and the staff is unable to reach an individual at the home phone or emergency contact, our procedure is to call the Waukegan Police Department for police assistance.
Our theatre programs and classes range from the Stage One program (8-13 yrs) and Roundtree Players program (14-18 yrs) to classes in stage make-up, improv, and audition techniques. For adults, classes are offered in acting, lighting, and there is always the opportunity to audition for the Bowen Park Theatre Company, assist backstage, stage manage, and usher for shows!
Our Visual Arts Center is located at 533 Grand Avenue overlooking Powell Park. This facility has a spacious art studio and gallery. Classes are offered for youth through adults throughout the year. Classes include watercolor, drawing for youth and adults, oil painting, figure drawing and much more.
Click HERE to go to the Visual Arts page on our website for more information.
Join volunteers from the Waukegan Harbor Citizen's Advisory Group, Chicago Wilderness, Waukegan's Green Town Sustainability Initiative and the Waukegan Park District's Cultural Arts division as they present earth awareness topics relating to our local environment.
Students receiving a scholarship for a fine arts program must make the assigned payment at the Jack Benny Center for the Arts at least one week before the session begins.
Please click here for more information.