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Music Moves Chicago

An Old Town School Arts & Community Wellness Initiative

Our Mission: Placing artistic practice firmly at the center of community wellness

Vision & Structure

Music Moves Chicago (MMC) is a youth-focused, intergenerational initiative that aims to provide individuals and organizations with creative resources necessary to build healthy, intentional communities and liberatory futures; placing artistic practice firmly at the center of community wellness.

MMC creates a network of exceptional local teaching artists that provide trauma-informed multidisciplinary arts programming, which prioritizes healing justice, youth leadership and economic freedom and identifies strategic partners to help generate a polyvalent, transformative impact.

Goals & Objectives

  • To provide arts-based classes, workshops, learning experiences and performances in Chicago communities with the greatest need.
  • Build the capacity of teaching artists to teach in the framework of trauma and community action.
  • Mentor and train the next generation of arts and wellness leaders, Arts Activators, in artistic practice with trauma-informed pedagogical framework.
  • Apply best arts and healing practices, including developing new curricular frameworks with specific intention of healing individuals and communities.
  • Mentor organizations that desire arts and healing practice in their programs, thereby building capacity to sustainably provide for their constituents.
  • Develop a research framework that continually investigates practice and leads the arts and wellness field.
  • Produce an annual Institute that provides training, networking and visibility opportunities.

Sample Programming:

Afro-Diasporic Dance & Movement
Art + Afrofuturism
Beat The Odds®
Bomba Drum Corps
Freedom Songbook
Great Black Music
LYRIC Hip Hop Program
Storytelling + Poetry
DJing and Electronic Music Studio
West African Drumming


Last Updated October 2020:

Bronzeville Incubator + Boxville
Catholic Charities
Chicago Torture Justice Center
Cook County Juvenile Probation
Front Porch Arts Center
I-Grow Chicago
Imagine Englewood If
Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN)
Juvenile Temporary Detention Center
Rebuild Foundation