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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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month: Salsa Roja Casera

by Helder Perez-Viera (Honors BMA Tuba Performance and Entrepreneurship ’23) Growing up, having salsa and tortillas was a necessity for every meal. My family is very traditional, and we have a very strong connection to our roots in Mexico. I would say about 70% of my family members still live there and about 90% were…

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Beautifully Queer

Introducing Beautifully Queer

by Bobby Hillier (BFA Musical Theatre ’24) What is Identity, and why does it matter? Who chooses your identity? Most importantly, who tells you whether the identity you choose is right or wrong? My whole life has been a series of learning and discovering about myself, and how I relate to this world. Discovering one’s…

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Virtual Resources from the RU Office of Career Development

by Emily Henley (MM Harp Performance ’21 and CAL Career Development Assistant) Hello, and welcome back to “Virtual University,” CCPA colleagues! What a new and interesting time to be able to log-on to our classes from the comfort of our couches?! While I love a good couch, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m bummed not to…

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Minority Student Success Initiative

Sharing Reflections and Programming for the Future: Announcing the CCPA Minority Student Success Initiative

by Jade Garcia (MM Clarinet Performance ’21 and CAL Collaboration and Community Engagement Assistant) These past months have been a time full of reflection for all of us. For students around the country, school is at the forefront of their minds as we all address the history and presence of racial disparity in this country….

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by Jade Garcia (MM Clarinet Performance ’21) So last school year I spent a lot of time thinking about transitions. It was one of those things that you notice once and then start seeing everywhere. My reality was that I was in the middle of a very big transition in my life, moving far away from…

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Adrian Dunn

Meet Adrian Dunn, CCPA’s new Advisor for Racial Equity and Minority Student Success!

The Center for Arts Leadership is thrilled to announce the appointment of Adrian Dunn as CCPA’s Advisor for Racial Equity and Minority Student Success. Below you will find specifics about this newly created role and Mr. Dunn’s background as an advocate for racial justice, entrepreneur, and performing artist. Over the past few years, Adrian has…

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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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“Out of My Dreams and Into Reality” by Anja Racic (BFA Musical Theater Dance ’23)

Hey, everyone! My name is Anja Racic, and I am a rising sophomore studying Musical Theater (Dance Emphasis) at the Chicago College of Performing Arts. Now that I have submitted my final papers and finished my final exams, I cannot help but think about what a journey my first year of college has been. The…

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