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.

Meet the Student Organizations at CCPA!

Whether you want to further your career development, strengthen bonds with your peers, or engage with the greater Chicago community, there are many student organizations you can get involved with at the Chicago College of Performing Arts. These organizations include the women’s fraternity Sigma Alpha Iota, the Student Council for Arts Leadership, the Music Teachers…

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Happy National Hispanic Heritage Month!

HAPPY NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH! Each year, we observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. At the Center for Arts Leadership, we encourage students to embrace their heritage and…

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A Welcome Back Letter and Announcements

A back-to-school introduction from CAL’s student worker Kerry Thomas offering sage advice on the year and announcing our 2019-20 community partners.

The 2018 Cast of Mi Latinidad Photograph by Nic Mains

Mi Latinidad

Every year, the Center for Arts Leadership facilitates and supports students applying to the Social Justice Seed Grant Program. The Program offers funding to new projects by young artists trying to make an impact on social issues through their art. Past projects have included feminist commentary on gender roles in opera, after school programs by…

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CAL Marketing Assistant - Quinn Simmons [Photograph by Isabel Roden]

Meet The Team: Quinn Simmons

Hello! My name is Quinn Simmons and I’m the Marketing Assistant at the Center for Arts Leadership (CAL) at the Chicago College of Performing Arts. As a Freshman Musical Theatre major, I’m excited to bring the CAL closer to the Theatre Conservatory here at Roosevelt. Since my arrival here, the Center has provided a home…

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Considering Matthew Shepard Residency: Discussion Panel [Photograph by Quinn Simmons]

Reflecting on the ‘Considering Matthew Shepard’ Residency

Before Spring Break, the Vocal Performance majors of the Music Conservatory brought Considering Matthew Shepard by Craig Hella Johnson to the beautiful Ganz Hall. This oratorio memorializes the late Matthew Shepard, a young gay man who was brutally murdered in an act of hatred twenty-one years ago. The heart-wrenching piece explores the way a hate…

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