Chicago College of Performing Arts

The Center for Arts Leadership is a newly launched center for empowering students and alumni of the Chicago College of Performing Arts through experiential learning and growth opportunities in community engagement, social justice and career development.

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‘By Binding Light’: Illuminating the Artist’s Responsibility

by Haley Henning (BMA ’21) When you have a platform, use it. Four of my brass-playing colleagues—David Nakazono (PD ‘21), Kerry Thomas (BMA ‘22), Cooper Johnson (MM ‘21), Bradley Geneser (BM ‘20)—and I have a large platform this Friday: Roosevelt University’s virtual commencement ceremony. When asked to record a few standard ceremonial pieces for brass…

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“Juneteenth Reflection” by Fred Peterbark, CCPA’s Assistant Dean of Enrollment Management and Student Services

As we commemorate Juneteenth, my heart reflects upon this spiritual (My Lord, What a Morning) and Watchnight services of New Year’s Eve, which began as many slaves were said to have gathered in churches on New Year’s Eve, in 1862, to await news and confirmation of the enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln, on…

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“United for Black Lives: A Benefit Concert for Black Lives Matter” by Marcela Ossa (BM Vocal Performance ’20)

As artists, we have a responsibility to use our craft to inspire people and inspire change. At first, I had created a concert called “United in Isolation” to benefit GlobalGiving and the COVID-19 pandemic, but it has become of greater importance that we stand firmly in support of our black communities, so we have decided…

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