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.
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.
Little Black Pearl Founder and Executive Director Monica Haslip will be included in mural for the Chicago Cultural Center honoring 20 women “who have shaped the city’s vibrant arts and culture landscape”.
Ms. Haslip stated, “It is an overwhelming honor to be included in such a prestigious group of artists”! Her philosophy and art practice is anchored by her belief in the power and impact of “Love”. The primary vision for Little Black Pearl is to serve as a laboratory of human potential. By highlighting this group of PHENOMENAL WOMEN Artist/MacArthur Fellow Kerry James Marshall acknowledges the influence that art and culture has throughout the city of Chicago and the world.
the business of art
Little Black Pearl students are divided into teams and work with various Jordan Brand and local designers to gain inspiration and mentorship as they create their own designs. The program culminates in a design competition and bragging rights as the winning designs are printed as a graphic tees that are available for purchase exclusively at the 32 South State flagship store. In celebration of the launch, the Jordan Brand WINGS initiative has issued a grant to Little Black Pearl in support of college scholarships to the winners of the design competition.
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.
Take the virtual tour and see our facilities from the comfort of your couch. Of course, you are always welcome to come in and see for yourself.
CARVER 47 CAFE´
For over 20 years, Chicago’s Little Black Pearl has been a positive community contributor through its initiatives in arts and education. It has also been one of the South side’s most successful stories of innovation and vision. What started as a small neighborhood youth gathering in the residence of founder Monica Haslip, has since expanded into a 40,000 sq. ft. cultural arts center and CPS Option school in the historic Bronzeville neighborhood.
With its history of forward-thinking, it comes as no surprise that the good people at Little Black Pearl (LBP) are back with another creative endeavor- and it’s an exciting one.
This month, Little Black Pearl will debut Carver 47 Juice and Experiment Bar- a gathering space that’s part café, part experience lab- and totally unique.