Chicago’s CircEsteem uses circus arts to empower young people

By Alissa Anderegg When Antoinette Mpawenayo, 17, first came to Chicago from Tanzania, she struggled with the language and the culture.  “English is not my first language,” she said. “I was bullied by students at school.” Her  refugee caseworker saw something in the way she moved around and suggested she join a circus program that had … Continue reading Chicago’s CircEsteem uses circus arts to empower young people

‘Live Music Now’ brings music education to Chicago Public Schools

By Alissa Anderegg The International Music Foundation is a Chicago-based organization dedicated to providing high-quality musical performances and music education throughout the city. As part of its outreach, the foundation has provided free, music programs to Chicago Public School students for 35 years. Through in-school visits and field trip opportunities, including its performances at Preston … Continue reading ‘Live Music Now’ brings music education to Chicago Public Schools

AfriCaribe brings Chicagoans together with Puerto Rican music and dance

By Alissa Anderegg On the last Saturday of each month, up to 200 Chicagoans gather in West Town to celebrate their community through song and dance. These musical gatherings called “bombazos” are held at the non-profit AfriCaribe. They give locals of all ages the opportunity to come together to take part in the traditional Puerto Rican music of … Continue reading AfriCaribe brings Chicagoans together with Puerto Rican music and dance

Logan Square teens preserve their Latino culture

By Alissa Anderegg and Stephanie Rothman Logan Square is a trendy, up-and-coming neighborhood that has seen thriving new businesses and rising rents. But gentrification is pushing out the Latino population that has lived there for decades. According to U.S. Census data, in the last 15 years, Logan Square has seen the most Latino displacement of … Continue reading Logan Square teens preserve their Latino culture

‘Fiesta’ brings health services to Chicago’s Latina community

By Alissa Anderegg After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, Venus Ginés decided there needed to be more health awareness and education for other Latinas. Together with the Mexican consulate, she founded Día de la Mujer Latina to provide free services, seminars and screenings to women around the country. Now in its 20th year, … Continue reading ‘Fiesta’ brings health services to Chicago’s Latina community