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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

3/26/2020
By Savannah Boles (MM Saxophone Performance ’21) Hello, everyone! My name is Savannah Boles, and I am a first year master’s student at the Chicago College of Performing Arts, studying saxophone with Dr. Weiss-Holmes. It was only recently that I began embracing my differences as a performer and found the confidence to stand up for...

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3/23/2020
With the decision to participate in social distancing in order to slow the spread of COVID-19, our daily lives, education, work, and even friendships will be experiencing lots of change in a very short amount of time. While it’s easy to spend time focusing on the negative, I instead would like to offer some advice, resources, and ideas for this time spent in self-quarantine.

2/26/2020
Chicago College of Performing Arts alumni Alexandria Hill (MM Violin ’19) and Davis King (MM Viola ’19) began Chroma Music Chicago, a podcast exploring social justice issues in classical music, after being awarded the Performing Social Justice Seed Grant from the CCPA Center for Arts Leadership. In this blog, Alexandria and Davis talk about creating...

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