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Center for Arts Leadership

The Center for Arts Leadership creates opportunities for students to apply their curricular knowledge beyond the classroom and grow as young professionals. Through the Center, students can receive grants for professional development, funding for social justice start-up projects, perform community engagement, and have the opportunity to connect with guest artists through workshops and special events.

Performing Social Justice

Student horn players at Center on Halsted

Through the Center for Arts Leadership, students receive opportunities throughout their education to connect with community in meaningful ways and create impact through their art.

Get Involved

CCPA student participating in Sharing Notes program with child playing drum

Through the Center, students can receive grants for professional development, funding for social justice start-up projects, perform community engagement, and have the opportunity to connect with guest artists through workshops and special events.

Center for Arts Leadership Events

Emerging Artist Award

Logan Fox Aeolian Classics album cover

The annual Aeolian Classics Emerging Artist Award promotes the concert careers of outstanding young artists enrolled at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, presenting each year’s winner in a debut CD album and a concert tour throughout Chicago.

Sharing Notes

Sharing Notes students singing to a baby in a hospital room

Sharing Notes improves quality of life for Chicago hospital patients through intimate, engaging and uplifting live music performances.


CAL Blog

11/20/2020
by Haley Henning (BMA Trombone Performance and Languages ’21) Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance. This day “is an annual observance that honors the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence” (as stated by the LGBTQ+ organization GLAAD). The transgender community faces exceptional challenges, discrimination, and violence that...

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11/13/2020
by Jackie Whittle (BM Voice Performance ’18) In early 2019, I was invited to participate in CCPA’s alumni chorus for a concert performance of Craig Hella Johnson’s “Remembering Matthew Shepard”. In addition to this performance, CCPA organized a panel called “Power of Stories” with Matthew Shepard Foundation executive director Jason Marsden, clinical psychologist Dr. Armand...

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10/9/2020
by Helder Perez-Viera (Honors BMA Tuba Performance and Entrepreneurship ’23) Growing up, having salsa and tortillas was a necessity for every meal. My family is very traditional, and we have a very strong connection to our roots in Mexico. I would say about 70% of my family members still live there and about 90% were...

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