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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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    20th Anniversary BLACK:unplugged Series

    - Gregory Porter performing April 18th
    - Valerie Simpson February 21st show RESCHEDULED for June 6th

    Purchase your membership today!

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    Throughout the year Little Black Pearl hosts hundreds of events for artists, students, parents and the community. See out events page to make sure you're not missing out.

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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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Little Black Pearl

One of our students on her way to bisque her hand-built ceramic bowl.

LBP works diligently to counter the challenges urban youth face by providing a safe environment, positive role models, and rigorous program and skill development activities and opportunities. Our 18-year history has successfully proven that it is possible to marry art and entrepreneurship through real life application of talent, interest and skills.

At Little Black Pearl, youth feel safe and open to exploring, expressing and challenging their ideas and feelings through art. The combination of art and business bring out innate talents and shows youth the value of their work. They learn lifelong skills; enhance their self-esteem and benefit from the sale of their art. A wide array of works of art created by youth in programs and workshops provided by Little Black Pearl are available for purchase through the Art and Design Center.

20th Anniversary BLACK:unplugged Memberships

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LBP Magazine
Summer 2013

LBP Magazine
Fall 2012