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New James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts executive director joins CLC

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Jul 21, 2022

College of Lake County (CLC) welcomes Alisa Baum as the new executive director of the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts (JLC). Baum began the position May 23.

Photo of Alisa BaumBaum has worked in the arts for much of her career in various capacities. Now, she’s excited to be in an academic setting.

"For 25 years, the James Lumber Center for Performing Arts has presented high-quality, diverse programming,” Baum said. “As the newly appointed executive director, I am honored to continue this tradition, joining the JLC team to create joy and increase connection with Lake County residents through the arts."

As the executive director, Baum oversees programming as well as overall operations. She plans to expand the ways the JLC interacts with the people in the Lake County community.

“The JLC programming is about what the community wants,” she said. “I want to help bring in what may be missing.”

Before coming to CLC, Baum worked as a program director for the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events from 2018-2022.

Her other work experience includes concert and production director at Old Town School of Folk Music and director of marketing for Chicago Sinfonietta.

Baum earned her Bachelor of Arts from Cornell College and a Master of Arts in music business/arts, entertainment, and media management from Columbia College.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of the JLC team,” Baum said. “It’s such a good group with so much expertise in the arts field. We're looking toward the future and seeing what kinds of new things we can present."

“As we build upon 25 years of robust experiences in the JLC, it has been energizing to welcome Alisa to the college,” Vice President of Community and Workforce Partnerships Ali O’Brien said. “She brings diverse expertise that will accelerate our partnerships both at CLC with faculty and students, as well as connections across Lake County with community partners.”

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.