We’re working to create strong, vibrant communities on the Northwest Side of Chicago by weaving together the arts, cultural activities, and community stakeholders. But we can’t do that without you. We rely solely on grants and community donations to carry out our mission and keep our programming alive.
We are proudly a non-profit, all-volunteer, grassroots organization without brick-and-mortar offices or overhead, so you can partner confidently knowing that your contribution is being invested directly in our community's enrichment.
We know our community is full of change makers, but sometimes it’s hard to figure out where to start or how to get involved. NAC has grown from one woman on a mission to a dedicated team of volunteers all over the NW Side. We know how to weave together community leaders and meet goals to create a rich tapestry of connections and attain desired results.
We are launching a new annual partnership program, “PALS”, designating various levels of support and benefits.
We are a 501(c)(3), and your donations are tax-deductible.
I take seriously the art making, as an artist I think is the best way to express our inner soul in a beautiful way. Thank you guys to help promote the arts between our youth, they need it.
It was a wonderful event. Very nice to see all the students stand proudly by their work displayed in such a lovely space.
Thanks again for including UpBeat and our students at Around the Corner 2016. It was a great opportunity for students to perform and get more connected with the local music and arts community.
I personally want to thank all of you for your support of young artists and your hard work in pulling this show together. It really does mean a lot to the students and their parents. Schools need the support of these outside organizations and the feedback was just great from both parents and students. I cannot thank you enough and I appreciate your time spent at the show with the parents and especially the students. God bless your efforts and you continue this work.
Around The Corner has literally been a life-changing experience for me. It provided me with a taste of what it’s really like to be a professional artist showing in a gallery setting. It also introduced me to many important people, even some who became mentors to me.
I’ve had a lot of people literally laugh in my face when I mention I’m trying to do art professionally and I’m going to art school. The first Around the Corner show was really emotional for me because I had multiple people come up to me and give me support. Although I receive support from close friends and family, the positive feedback I received that day felt especially special. They’re good people there, and I appreciate them a lot.
Thank you for your investment in our students and our community... All of us at Lydia Urban Academy are so grateful to for the opportunity we had to participate in Around the Corner 2015. Our students were treated with such respect and encouraged to grow as individuals and artists. To have such positive interactions with adults in the community is priceless. Thank you for continuing to include us in this wonderful experience as you begin planning the second annual event.