Performing Social Justice Seed Grant

Have an idea on how to use your passion or skills to live out social justice? Apply for funding to make your idea a reality through the Social Justice Seed Grant Program! Your art can make impact on the issues that matter to you through support from the Center for Arts Leadership and CCPA faculty. Proposals are open to current CCPA students and alumni may also apply in their first full semester following commencement. Past projects have included feminist commentary on gender roles in opera, after school programs by teaching artists for underserved communities, and a community choir for children of immigrants living in the Pilsen neighborhood. The options are endless to make your voice heard for positive change.

In 2018, the committee reviewed 8 proposals and awarded 3 seed grants totaling $10,000 from the Center. Applications for the 2019 grant cycle open in November of 2018 and close January 7, 2019.

The 2018 recipients include:

  • Arturo Cherizola Suaste, Piano Performance Diploma: forming an immigrant children’s choir in Pilsen, in partnership with the National Museum of Mexican Art
  • Meredith Kirkman, Musical Theatre Dance Concentration: short film with social justice themes, “The Promise of the Butterfly”
  • Mariana Akolt, MM Composition: weeklong summer poetry writing/musical performance workshop for Latino high school students in the Highland Park/Highwood area, in partnership with Family Service of Lake County

CCPA Student Travel Grants

Students of exceptional promise and distinction can receive funding for professional development opportunities that exceed those provided on campus or in the city of Chicago. These opportunities include attending a conference, competition, audition, or participation in other career related travel. Support from this program is only provided for a maximum of one trip, per student, per academic year. The maximum funding amount is $750 with a limited amount for each calendar year. As funding is limited, all awards from this program are highly competitive. Criteria for successful applications includes: academic/program good standing, attention to detail, potential professional impact, and approval from faculty. Students should not plan travel with any assumption of funding until receiving an official notice of approval from the review committee. Students interested in applying for travel funding may find further information and submit the online application.

Community Engagement

Overview: Looking for more performance opportunities? The Center for Arts Leadership is here to help! To help our students connect meaningfully with community and live out Roosevelt University’s mission of social justice, the Center for Arts Leadership has built partnerships with organizations that serve those often without access to arts in our community. Our community partnership venues offer enthusiastic arts-loving audiences with whom you can gain practice of public speaking, audience engagement, and performance. Last year, CCPA students were involved in over fifty performances for audiences in our local community, including people receiving treatments in Chicago hospitals, senior citizens in affordable housing, and residents transitioning out of homelessness. The Center for Arts Leadership team will assist you in logistical coordination and preparation of program as needed. Learn more about our current community partners and how to sign up below!

Interested in performing for one of our community partners? Please review the descriptions of each venue to determine which fits your interest, ensemble, and schedule. CCPA students interested in joining a community performance should submit a Community Engagement Interest form and a representative from the CAL will be in touch to assist with scheduling.

Lincoln Park Community Shelter, Lincoln Park

The Lincoln Park Community Shelter (LPCS) is a comprehensive social service agency serving adult men and women experiencing homelessness. Performances are highly personalized and involve interaction with anywhere from 5 to 30 residents. These events are available for students in the evenings at 6:15 p.m. on weekdays by appointment. The location is easily accessible via the CTA Red Line (Fullerton stop). No piano is available.

Mulvey House – Chicago Housing Authority, East Lakeview

Mulvey House is a welcoming residential building home to approximately 30 senior citizens in need of affordable housing. To perform at Mulvey, students are required to plan their speaking points, schedule with coordinators, and present themselves as professionals in their community. This venue is perfect for small chamber ensembles, no greater than four members, and recital run practice. Programs should be approximately one hour long, including speaking. Performances at Mulvey Place are available to schedule for early evening on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays.  

Sharing Notes – Hospital performances throughout Chicago

Sharing Notes is a CCPA alumni driven 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides more than 80 live music performances each year in four Chicago hospitals and has served over 25,000 people since 2012. In partnership with Roosevelt University, Sharing Notes engages music students in experiential learning opportunities that allow musicians to see first-hand the impact their music can make and grow in specialized audience engagement, public speaking, and skills such as sight-reading. Musicians move room to room for both children and adult facilities, taking special song requests at people’s bedsides. Students interested in performing for hospital patients can submit a new volunteer interest form on the Sharing Notes website to get started.

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