Actions speak louder than words. Through these videos we invite you to experience Little Black Pearl in action. 

Monica Haslip charts the success of her Bronzeville youth arts institution, Little Black Pearl, and unveils exciting expansions you may not have heard about.

The video is a brief history of how Monica Haslip 20 years ago created Little Black Pearl to introduce the children on the south side of Chicago to art as a means of expression through the struggles and challenges of growing up in the community that experiences youth violence daily.

Join Monica Haslip for a tour of this exciting institution. Its mission: "is to create opportunities for youth and adults to deepen their creative involvement through the arts, cultivate their entrepreneurial skills and use the arts as a means for economic empowerment and community transformation." - nextTV visits Monica Haslip and the "Little Black Pearl" workshop in Chicago's North Kenwood neighborhood. Monica shows how she is teaching kids not only the beauty, but the business of art.

Susana Vasquez, Executive Director of LISC Chicago, receives support from Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Alderman Will Burns, QCDC, Blue Cross Blue Shield and the local community on September 24, 2013 at Little Black Pearl. LISC Chicago is leading a three-year fundraising campaign for stronger neighborhoods to raise $40 Million.

On the South Side, art reflects, protects teens from street violence.

At Little Black Pearl art center on west 47th Street, a group of teenagers got ready to record a piece of music on Monday. The art center is a place where teenagers and children come to sing, but also to paint, sculpt and act—generally just to express themselves creatively.

It's also a place designed to be a safe haven, to keep the children away from the violence-plagued streets. The need for that kind of place was evident in the extreme on Monday when, just blocks from the Little Black Pearl, gun violence claimed the lives of two young men. 

Since its launch in 1994, the center has expanded from humble origins in founder Monica Haslip's basement to occupying a 40,000-square-foot building in Kenwood.

Little Black Pearl is a thriving nonprofit serving youth in the Kenwood/Oakland, Woodlawn, and Bronzeville neighborhoods on Chicago's south side. Little Black Pearl is a 40,000 sq. ft., state-of-the-art facility in the heart of the community. This cultural arts center provides opportunities in art, culture and entrepreneurship to youth, adults and families across Chicago. In 2011 LBP expanded its vision of marrying art and education by establishing Little Black Pearl Art and Design Academy.

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.”