Restoring unity in the community through the use of music, mentoring and partnerships.
What Urban Aspirations Does
Urban Aspirations networks to establish synergy between inner-city performing artists, Chicago urban residents and various, civic organizations such as The Chicago Park District and Chicago City Colleges, by creating partnerships that provide urban artists with the support conducive to their needs, such as access to free rehearsal space, and new performance venues throughout the inner city communities of Chicago, all while providing Chicago residents with some of the best free performances in their community.
Urban Aspirations uses professional musicians to mentor Chicago at-risk youth and give them guidance and direction in both performance and life-skills.
We pair young aspiring talent with seasoned professional performers to help them hone their skills, learn to perform at their maximum potential, develop cooperative skills by learning how to work in a group and be accountable, and execute their craft at their highest level before an audience of their mentors and peers.
We believe these skills are critical no matter what careers they ultimately pursue.
Students gain a practical; real world experience that will provide them the tools and examples needed to qualify for professional endeavors for years to come.
Students learn to become more goal oriented; productive contributors to their community and society as a whole.
Students learn to give back to their communities by mentoring proteges of their own.
Students become positive role models for future aspiring artists -"helping dispel the stigma of at risk urban youth.
Urban Aspirations is a Chicago based inner city arts organization committed to rechanneling the energy and spirit of Chicago’s inner city youth through the performing arts and mentorship.
Partner of University of Chicago Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
Eavesdropping with Urban Aspirations is the home of the curious jazz enthusiast, playing an eclection (eclectic collection) of various jazz genres from Armstrong to Zawinul, or A to Z. Alternating Saturday's from noon until 2pm on WHPK 88.5 FM Chicago. Eavesdrop streaming live on line at www.whpk.org