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Carthage in the Community

Welcome! Carthage College strives to be a valuable resource for our neighbors in Kenosha and beyond. We invite members of the community to experience the beauty of our campus, attend fine arts and athletic events, and join us for learning opportunities throughout the year. 

See a complete listing of upcoming community events

Phillip Phillips performing at Carthage

Events and Activities

Carthage brings internationally renowned musicians, artists, authors, scientists, playwrights, and speakers to Kenosha every year for events that are open to the public. 
Visit our online calendar
At left: Phillip Phillips performing at Carthage


The Carthage Theatre Department presents Dirty Rotten Scoundrels


Nationally recognized for excellence in theatre, the Carthage Theatre Department stages 6-8 productions every year. The College’s New Play Initiative brings playwrights of prominence from around the world to Kenosha County, where they create and premiere new works.
See Carthage’s current theatre season
At left: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels


The H. F. Johnson Gallery of Art

Free Art Exhibits

The H. F. Johnson Gallery of Art at Carthage displays work by established and emerging artists. The gallery hosts five exhibitions every year, and opening receptions that offer residents the opportunity to meet and talk with the artists. Admission is always free.
Visit the Gallery’s website


The Service of Light

Christmas Festival

Carthage’s Christmas Festival is held the first weekend in December. More than 5,000 people attend annually.
Learn about Christmas Festival


Family Fun Night

Carthage hosts free Family Fun Nights for the community on many Friday evenings during the school year. Families can enjoy fun and educational activities in Hedberg Library and browse the collection in the Center for Children’s Literature.
Learn more about Carthage Family Fun Nights


Faculty and students are proud of the many plays, concerts, and shows they produce for the campus...

Musical Performances

The Carthage Music Department offers concerts and recitals nearly every week. The Carthage Chamber Music Series brings some of the world’s finest musicians to Kenosha County and includes free pre-concert lectures. Carthage faculty and students regularly perform free concerts and recitals.
See Chamber Music Series season information
Learn more at


Athletics are a big part of life at Carthage, for student athletes and fans. Above, Torchie perfo...

Athletic Events

Carthage fields 28 NCAA Division III sports, including football, basketball, soccer, tennis, swimming, volleyball, lacrosse, and water polo. Carthage teams regularly win championships in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin. Join Carthage to cheer on the Firebirds at athletic events in Tarble Arena, Art Keller Field, or Augie Schmidt Field.
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Community Engagement and Service

Community service is an integral part of living and learning at Carthage. Our campus community is regularly involved locally, regionally, and globally, as volunteers, community-based work-study employees, service-learners, and an academic, professional and institutional resource.
Learn more about community engagement at Carthage


Sports Camps

Sports Camps

Have a young athlete in the family? Consider sending your child to a summer sports camp at Carthage. Carthage coaches and athletes offer camps for children in soccer, girls and boys volleyball, boys basketball, swimming, baseball, and girls lacrosse.
Learn more about Carthage athletic camps


A Carthage College music education student works with two elementary school students.

Music, Theatre, Voice Lessons

The Carthage Arts Academy provides affordable, expert instruction in a wide variety of instruments for the community. Students and music lovers of all ages and skill levels are welcome. Artist-teachers offer private lessons in piano, organ, voice, music theatre, string instruments, brass instruments, percussion, woodwinds, and harp. Group eurhythmics classes for children ages 4-12 are offered on Saturdays.
Learn more about the Carthage Arts Academy

Learning Opportunities

Lectures and Guest Speakers

Carthage’s academic divisions and departments regularly bring experts of all disciplines to campus for speaking events. Watch the online Carthage calendar and regional media for upcoming events.

Adult Education / Professional Development

Carthage offers rigorous degree and certification programs for adults, through which they can advance their careers and gain new skills through part-time evening studies. Courses are taught by top professors, and are offered in the evenings year-round. Learn more about Continuing Studies at Carthage.

Kenosha Oaks Scholarships

Carthage awards eight four-year full-tuition scholarships to Kenosha residents every year, as a way of honoring the relationship we share with the City of Kenosha. Learn more about becoming a Kenosha Oaks Scholar.

Full Tuition Adult Scholarships for Kenosha Residents

Carthage offers two four-year Adult Undergraduate Studies scholarships to qualifying residents of the City of Kenosha seeking their first bachelor’s degree. Each tuition-only scholarship is worth more than $110,000. Learn more about the Kenosha Adults Scholarship.

Careers at Carthage

Carthage is a great place to advance your career. See current career opportunities at

Campus Beauty

Carthage’s beautiful lakefront campus is an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Carthage has been a part of Kenosha County since 1962, when the College relocated to Kenosha from Carthage, Illinois. The College has invested more than $250 million in campus improvements in recent years.

Community Service

The Carthage community is regularly involved locally, regionally, and globally, as volunteers, service-learners, and as an academic, professional and institutional resource. Learn more