CCPA Performing Social Justice Residency

Each year, the Chicago College of Performing Arts hosts a guest artist or ensemble that exemplifies the performance of social justice. The artist engages with students, faculty, and staff, through multiple mediums including discussion, lecture, community engagement, and performance. Past guests of the CCPA Performing Social Justice Residency have included Boston University Professor, Andre de Quadros, Percussionist, Allen Otte, and will feature Catherine Beeson, Assistant Principal Violist of the Colorado Symphony for the 2019 residency.

Community Engagement

To help bring students off campus and into the community, the Center for Arts Leadership has built partnerships with organizations that serve those often without access to arts in our community. Through these partnerships, students receive experiential learning, performance opportunities, and opportunities to engage with community in meaningful ways. Last year, CCPA students were involved in over 50 performances. Learn more about our current community partners below! CCPA students interested in joining a community performance can submit a Community Engagement Interest form and a representative from the CAL will be in touch to assist with scheduling. In order to perform at these venues, students must improve their public speaking skills by developing talking points, practice audience engagement, and act as professionals in the community.

Our Community Partners

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. Students from the first year ARTL 101 music seminar performed three visits for residents in Fall 2017 and performed a Halloween performance in Fall 2018.

Center on Halsted – Town Hall Senior Living, Boystown

In the fall of 2014, in partnership with Heartland Alliance, the Center on Halsted opened Town Hall apartments, Chicago’s first LGBT-Friendly Senior Housing. The six-story apartment building includes 79 studio and 1-bedroom apartments designed for independent seniors, retail space, and community rooms for classes and special events. Students perform conversational chamber music performances for this enthusiastic and welcoming audience.

Mulvey House – Chicago Housing Authority, East Lakeview

Mulvey House is a residential building home to approximately 30 senior citizens in need of affordable housing. To date, CCPA students have given over fifteen recitals for Mulvey residents featuring musicians from woodwinds, voice, brass, classical guitar, piano, and jazz programs.

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.. In the 2017-2018 school year, twenty current CCPA students and recent alumni joined Sharing Notes to perform for patients and their loved ones.

Music@Grace - Grace Place Episcopal Church, South Loop

In 2017-2018, CCPA re-instituted the Music@Grace Series in partnership with Grace Episcopal Church. The Music@Grace series represents each department of the CCPA Music Conservatory throughout the year. To date, CCPA students have performed fifteen concerts at Grace Place. Performances take place at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday evenings, and are preceded by a pre-concert reception at 5:30 p.m. For upcoming performances, please visit the Music Conservatory website.

Student Grant Opportunities

Performing Social Justice Seed Grant

Funded through the Center for Arts Leadership, the Performing Social Justice Seed Grant allows students to apply for funding to turn their arts-related social justice ideas into reality. The grant is supported by faculty of both the Theatre and Music Conservatories via the Performing Social Justice Seed Grant Committee. Students apply for grants and mentorship to fulfill Roosevelt University’s commitment to social justice through their own artistic endeavors. Proposals are open to current CCPA students and alumni in their first full semester following commencement. Accepted past projects have a wide range of topics and efforts, including feminist commentary on gender roles in opera, after school programs by teaching artists for underserved communities, and the use of improvisational composition as a platform to explore the refugee crisis.

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

The 2018 Performing Social Justice Seed Grant 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, Theatre MTD: 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