Puerto Rico Arts Alliance provides in-school and after-school programs at 10 Chicago Public Schools across the Chicago-land area. Our Latin Music Project (LMP) and Studio Arts & Exhibition Program works in partnership with Chicago Public Schools and offers state-standardize curriculum designed classes at schools.
Our classes at our pubic schools and LMP Music Community School engage students in learning Cuarto – a mid sized guitar-like, which is prominent in Puerto Rico, Latin music, classic guitar, and violin. Participants learn how to read music, play traditional Latin American songs, and how to perform as a group.
Our Studio Arts & Exhibition Program curriculum provide youth the opportunity to learn the basic skills of mural painting, develop their professional portfolio, peer to peer discussions and portfolio presentation. Students are provided valuable life skills such attendance, hardwork, discipline and teamwork.
The Latin Music Project (LMP) is a community-centric, heritage-based, music program that is dedicated to ensuring that every student receives a strong musical foundation; a foundation that is balanced, comprehensive, and based on a curriculum that focuses on sequential learning through a diverse collection of Latin music repertoire and instrumentation. LMP programming follows Illinois Arts Learning Standards and National Standards for Music Education – which includes: creating, improvising, performing, composing, responding, and connecting.
The LMP also carefully coordinates music content standards with our Chicago Public Schools (CPS) partner sites, universities, and distinguished music educators from the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico to ensure an equitable, congruent, and coherent alignment with every student’s music education and academic progress – this results in reducing, or eliminating, barriers to a quality music education and provides readily accessible music resources to all students.
With Over 50 music classes taught each week by credentialed conservatory and university trained music instructor, in combination with our engaging programming, the LMP offers students the opportunity to learn the Puerto Rican cuatro (a mid-sized guitar like instrument and Puerto Rico’s national instrument), guitar, and violin in an exciting, impactful, and supportive environment. Classes are held throughout Chicago’s west south side neighborhoods, which include in-school and after school instruction in public schools (CPS), charter schools, neighborhood centers, a paid-summer music internship for teens through After School Matters, and our community school – the Latin Music Project Center – located in the dynamic neighborhood of Avondale.
The Studio Arts & Exhibition Program provides after-school and summer Studio Arts programs in residency and offers visual arts programming to undeserved youth.
In collaboration with After School Matters, the Studio Arts Apprenticeship is a job-skill building program for teen’s age 14-18. Roberto Clemente Community Academy is our partner school for this program. The Clemente Mural Project is an opportunity for teens to work with a muralist to design and execute murals using art techniques.