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Workshops to continue bringing Waukegan’s art community together

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Jan 24, 2022

Mixed media artist and College of Lake County (CLC) Art Instructor Katrina Davis-Salazar is excited to carry the success and momentum of the first art workshops at the Lakeshore Campus into the next round this winter and spring. The initial workshops last fall exceeded Davis-Salazar's expectations in bringing local artists together after she saw the comradery between individuals. 

Photo from the art workshops last fall“Participants not only made connections with the workshop leaders, but also with each other,” she said. “It was awesome to see these connections being made in the community.” 

While she was happy the participants had fun during the workshops, Davis-Salazar was even more excited about the importance the participants placed on the workshops for the health of our community.   

“It wasn’t just thanks for the free workshops, they also expressed that they feel these workshops are necessary for the community to come together,” Davis-Salazar said. “We heard things like ‘keep doing this,’ ‘this is awesome’ and ‘this is vital.’”   

Participation was high, Davis-Salazar said, despite the workshops being new and limitations due to the ongoing pandemic. 

There will be four more workshops this spring, two each for Artist to Artist (ATA) and Engaging Art Scholars for Excellence (EASE). 

ATA workshops are geared towards adults. The goal of ATA is to connect local artists with CLC, and then to connect one step further with the community.  

In each workshop, a CLC instructor will pair up with a talented local artist to teach. This gives those who attend the workshops the opportunity to create connections with both CLC and someone in the community, as well as others around them. 

Last fall, local artists enjoyed the opportunity to meet and learn from one another and share their unique skillsets to help each other improve. 

The ATA workshop schedule: 

EASE workshops are for teens and their friends and families. They are designed to help youth establish or continue a healthy connection to the arts but are accessible to any skill level.   

During these workshops, CLC student mentors, called engagement apprentices, did some of the teaching, and Davis-Salazar hopes to give them more time to lead the sessions. 

The EASE workshop schedule: 

“I’m excited to continue showing the community what Waukegan, Lake County and CLC have to offer for the arts,” Davis-Salazar said. 

The annual Emerging Artists exhibition, featuring fine art from members of the Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art, began Jan. 21 and runs through Feb. 18. 

For more information about the workshops, contact Davis-Salazar at (224) 572-7471 or

About College of Lake County

College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves in northeastern Illinois. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, college classes are affordable and accessible to help each student achieve academic, career and personal goals. More than 70,000 students graduated with degrees and certificates since the college opened in 1969. College of Lake County is the only higher-education institution ranked among the top 15 best places to work in Illinois by Forbes and is a national leader in many areas, including sustainability and conservation.