Little Black Pearl counters the challenges urban youth face by providing a safe environment, access to positive role models, rigorous programming, skills development activities and social growth opportunities.
The Little Black Pearl Art & Design Center provides an extraordinary cultural setting for community, local and national events. The 40,000-sq. ft. facility offers spacious conference rooms and workshops, along with a spectacular 36-ft glass atrium area.
Art & Design Center
Our distinctive building on the corner of 47th Street South and Greenwood Avenue, anchored in the Kenwood/Oakland neighborhood of Chicago, is a mixture of Classic architecture and modern rehabilitation. The convergence of two unique styles creates an Art & Design Center that is both multi-functional, as well as, architecturally alluring. The two styles merge to foster an environment that focuses on educating and nurturing youth, on encouraging the community to exercise creative skills and abilities, for hosting concerts and Special Events, for supporting working artists and art connections, and for standing as an architectural iconic symbol for the developing community.
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For the past 22 years, LBP has responded to the notion that Art, like everything else in under-served communities, must respond to the reality and needs of society. We strongly believe that the battle being waged is for the “minds and hearts” of our children. We also believe that individuals can make a major difference in every effort to ensure that our children have a true opportunity to thrive. The “I AM” project creates a direct link between our “supporters” and “our children's needs” that is authentically designed to elevate our common humanity to ultimately fuel success and the potential of each child...thereby transforming our collective community.
Our state-of-the-art glassblowing and art studios currently have items on display at the Little Black Pearl Atrium, which is available for purchase. Come by or visit our online marketplace topurchase the beautiful artwork created by our students, every penny goes back into our programs so that no student is ever turned away because of inability to pay. Click below to learn more and purchase glass.
NATIONAL DAY OF RACIAL HEALING MASTERCLASS
With racial divisiveness rising in America’s urban, rural and suburban communities, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), together with more than 130 organizations committed to the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) enterprise, called for a National Day of Healing on January 17, 2017. On that day, activities by community, civic, government and corporate leaders’ spurred efforts to heal the wounds created by racial, ethnic and religious bias and build an equitable and just society so that all children can thrive.
Little Black Pearl is honored to partner with W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) enterprise, and the Israeli Consulate in calling for healing within and across our community. In honor of the National Day of Healing our LBPA dance students participated in a Masterclass led by dancer Yossi Chaikin. Yossi was born in Israel, trained at Julliard, and is currently starring in the Chicago run of the play Hamilton. The opportunity to learn and discuss how dance transcends ethnicity and generations was awesome for our students! They were able to contextualize that dance like other art forms speaks to the soul and the heart regardless of where you may have been born or where you currently reside. However, one of the most important lessons Yossi shared was that “it does not matter how good of a performer you are if you are not a good person you will not make the team.”
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