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The CCPA Center for Arts Leadership (CAL) is a multifaceted division whose mission is to educate the new generation of socially conscious artistic leaders, and to facilitate and support the development of the University's core dispositional concepts (see below) as they are manifested in the artist-citizen, through service learning experiences that actively engage the students and emerge directly from curricula.

  • Community/citizenship
  • Ethics/values
  • Imaginative and creative leadership
  • Cultural Identity
  • Life-long learning and personal development
  • Building and managing viable careers in the performing arts

The Center for Arts Leadership is a newly launched center for empowering students and alumni of the Chicago College of Performing Arts through experiential learning and growth opportunities in community engagement, social justice and career development. Community engagement activities are an extremely important part of the lives of performing artists in today's world, and CCPA needs to increase its emphasis on this area of teaching and practice. It is one of the most significant ways CCPA can participate fully in the social justice mission of Roosevelt University, and it is pedagogically important in developing artists, educators, and arts administrators who will be able to function in their professions in the twenty-first century. Directly related to this is an increase in the focus on teaching entrepreneur skills to young performing arts professionals. The CAL was created both to give greater visibility to existing programs / curricular initiatives and encourage development of new projects.

The CAL supports and manages the following:

  • Professional Development (activities and focus topics)
    • Curricular and extra-curricular offerings at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the subject area ARTL (Arts Leadership) that support and enhance the BM/BFA/MM through studies and projects in community engagement and entrepreneurship
    • Develop elective courses relevant to the students and to the goals of CCPA and RU in the area of entrepreneurship and community engagement
    • Create and encourage meaningful partnerships with CCPA and local organizations, ensembles and departments within Roosevelt University
    • Managing a teaching studio
    • Forming and managing performing groups
    • Networking
    • Best business practices
    • Developing an artistic identity and designing a program
    • Audience engagement
    • Communicating about art and music
    • Promoting oneself as an artist
    • Gigging
    • Student-led projects
    • Develop a mentor network of alumni who can assist in the above areas & external relationships
  • Community Engagement Programs
  • Sharing Notes performances to improve quality of life for Chicago hospital patients
  • Music@Grace Church Chamber Series in South Loop
  • String Chamber Music performances in CPS schools in partnership with Fifth House Ensemble
  • Performances for Senior Citizens in CHA Affordable Housing
  • Social Justice Initiatives
    • The Social Justice Seed Grant Program, offered as an extracurricular opportunity, aimed at combining the development of student and alumni artistic craft with engagement of Roosevelt University’s founding mission as an institution oriented toward advancing the cause of social justice
    • Curricular Integration of CAL Focal Points
      • ENS 307/407 String Chamber Music – Program Director, Stefan Hersh and Community Engagement Directors, Fifth House Ensemble
      • Graduate Seminar: Topics for the Professional Singer - Dr. Dana Brown
      • PERF 423-01 Orchestral Seminar – Henry Fogel
      • ACP 101 First Year Seminar – Dr. Kyong-Mee Choi and Dr. Cheryl Frazes-Hill
      • Honors BMA Degree Track

The Director of the Center for Arts Leadership is part-time and works directly with staff, faculty and students. A Graduate Assistant assigned to CAL assists with logistical coordination of Center events, leading and encouraging student engagement, serving as representative on the Professional Development Committee and supporting the Director.


Office: AUD 924
(312) 341-3787