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    Little Black Pearl Art & Design Academy

    We offer:

    A unique, state-of-the-art learning environment; Smaller class sizes; Drawing, photography, glassblowing, animation/gaming, and music production; College and Career preparation

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    The "I AM" Campaign

    The “I Am” Little Black Pearl Project is designed to create an opportunity for each of us to invest in the healing power for our children.

    "I Am" the Solution.  Art=Change.  

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    Facility Rental

    The Little Black Pearl Art & Design Center provides an extraordinary cultural setting for community, local and national events. The 40,000-sq. ft. facility offers spacious conference rooms and workshops, along with a spectacular 36-ft glass atrium area.

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    Monica Haslip,
    Executive Director

    In the midst of the challenges we face, I believe that we are poised to become change agents and through innovation and creativity we will revive and breathe life into our children and communities.

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    Art & Design Center

    The distinctive building on the corner of 47th Street and Greenwood Avenue in the North Kenwood/Oakland neighborhood of Chicago is a mixture of classic architectural style and an ultra-modern rehabilitation.

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    Who We Are

    What began as an artists' dream in the basement of her gray stone is now the Little Black Pearl Art and Design Center located in the Kenwood/Oakland neighborhood.

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 January 17, 2017



CARLSBAD, CA – With racial divisiveness rising in America’s urban, rural and suburban communities, today the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), together with more than 130 organizations committed to the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) enterprise, called for a National Day of Healing on January 17, 2017. On that day, activities by community, civic, government and corporate leaders will spur efforts to heal the wounds created by racial, ethnic and religious bias and build an equitable and just society so that all children can thrive.

Little Black Pearl is honored to partner with W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) enterprise in calling for healing within and across our community.  On January 17, 2017 Little Black Pearl will participate in the National Day of Healing by having our dance students collaborate with dancer Yossi Chaikin, who is currently starring in the Chicago run of Hamilton, to create an interpretive dance to commemorate the day.  Our talented students are excited to have an opportunity to learn from this acclaimed Julliard trained professional! 

Located in the evolving Kenwood and Bronzeville area for more than 20 years Little Black Pearl has seen the effect racial divide, defamation, and degradation have on our youth and our community.  Through our Little Black Pearl Academy (LBPA) we provide a unique academic environment for students’ in 9th – 12th grade.  Our dedicated faculty and staff engage and educate our youth to be the change they wish to see.  Little Black Pearl is developing our future leaders by appealing to and leveraging their interest in the creative arts and critical thinking. 

Little Black Pearl is pleased to share this video featuring a song written and performed by an esteemed member of our Board of Directors, Ms. Lizz Wright.  Join in using our voices and social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.) to stand up for healing across our community and our country.  Don’t forget to use the hashtags #TRHT (Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation), #TheDayToHeal, and #DayOfRacialHealing so everyone can find it. http://www.dayofracialhealing.com/

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For the past 22 years, LBP has responded to the notion that Art, like everything else in underserved communities, must respond to the reality and needs of the community.  We believe that the battle that we are waging is for the “minds and hearts” of our children. We also believe that individuals can make a major difference in our effort to ensure that all children have a true opportunity to thrive.  The “I AM” project creates a link between the “giver” and “receiver” that is authentically designed to lift up the common humanity that will ultimately fuel the success of our children thereby transforming our collective community. GOFUNDME           

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