Our mission is to harness the creative potential of individuals through education to inspire artistic and cultural expression in such a way that we help foster positive relationships across neighborhood lines. 

The activities presented by CWCMC have a unifying effect on the community, as residents from neighboring communities build healthy relationships sharing common interests.



Our vision is to see an on-going improvement in the economic, intellectual and social condition of the Westside communities within and nearby Chicago through education and training in the arts.

We strive to stimulate the personal and educational growth of the young people in our arts programs so their full potential is within reach. A very important benefit is their newfound sense of purpose, which enables them to make positive life choices.



Provide the highest quality artistic instruction


Provide students with a rich set of skills to apply towards life-long learning


Stimulate personal and educational growth through artistic and cultural expression


Provide an environment that supports healthy interactions among students, staff and instructors


Promote (foster) an intellectually curious supportive and creative learning environment


Provide an environment open to all groups regardless of race, class, culture, age, gender, and religion


Use the arts to promote entrepreneurship and foster community development


Produce students who are committed to social responsibility and community empowerment


Our Partners


Berklee City Music

Berklee City Music is a nonprofit education program that harnesses the energy of contemporary music to reach underserved 4th to 12th graders all across the country. Students dedicate themselves to building their musical talent, their self-confidence and, in the long run, the strength of their community.

The Berklee City Music Network connects Berklee City Music in Boston with like-minded music programs all over the country - including Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles; New Orleans; and Seattle. The goal of the network is to provide kids with every opportunity to see their musical potential. This includes teaching and mentoring by Berklee graduates who live in their city.



The Chicago Community Trust

The Chicago Community Trust is a community foundation dedicated to improving our region through strategic grant making, civic engagement and inspiring philanthropy. We are here to serve the nonprofit organizations, the generous donors and the thoughtful residents who strive to make a difference, helping their bold vision create lasting community change. We work with a number of partnerships and initiatives to accomplish this work.

As businesses, local governments, and organizations strive to solve pressing challenges, the Trust brings these key actors together. Working together, we leverage collective knowledge, creativity and resources for a greater impact than any of us can make alone.



MacArthur Foundation

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people, effective institutions, and influential networks building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. MacArthur is placing a few big bets that truly significant progress is possible on some of the world’s most pressing social challenges, including over-incarceration, global climate change, nuclear risk, and significantly increasing financial capital for the social sector. In addition to the MacArthur Fellows Program, the Foundation continues its historic commitments to the role of journalism in a responsible and responsive democracy; the strength and vitality of our headquarters city, Chicago.

MacArthur is one of the nation's largest independent foundations. Organizations supported by the Foundation work in about 50 countries. In addition to Chicago, MacArthur has offices in India, Mexico, and Nigeria.

Chicago West Community Music Center (CWCMC) received a MacArthur Foundation International Connections Fund Grant 2017 for an exchange program with Shanghai, China to teach Chinese musicians about music from Chicago and for Chicago musicians to learn about the traditional music of Shanghai that can be shared through music lessons to youth from low-income families.


Driehaus Foundation

The Driehaus Foundation benefits individuals and communities by supporting the preservation and enhancement of the built and natural environments through historic preservation in neighborhoods throughout Chicago, encouragement of quality architectural and landscape design, and conservation of open space. The Foundation also supports arts and culture, investigative reporting and government accountability, and organizations that provide opportunities for working poor people. Driehaus Foundation provides funding for "The Legends" concert series, which brings high-quality artistic performances to the communities of the Westside of Chicago.



'Addario Music Foundation

The D’Addario Music Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to inspiring and assisting the growth and appreciation of music throughout the world by partnering with passionate music educators. Through the generous support of D’Addario and Company, the D’Addario Music Foundation awards grants and product donations to educational programs that offer sustained opportunities for active participation in music making particularly to those that might not otherwise have the opportunity.



After School Matters

After School Matters® is a non-profit organization that offers Chicago high school teens innovative out-of-school activities through science37®, sports37®, tech37®, words37® and the nationally recognized gallery37® programs.

We provide these programs through a network of public and private partnerships that include Chicago Public Schools, the Chicago Park District, the Chicago Public Library, and community organizations throughout the city. We have been recognized nationally for our innovative approach to coordinating city resources and delivering unique and diverse programs. Our hands-on, project-based programs expose teens to rewarding careers and help them develop marketable job skills.



M.U.R.A.L. (formerly Lupe Fiasco Foundation)

Lupe Fiasco's own mission to provide warm meals and coats to families in need quickly expanded to include music education, curriculum and a host of other arts-based initiatives in Chicago inner-city communities. By 2009, Lupe and co-founder Ayesha Jaco realized the need to organize and expand this outreach, and the Lupe Fiasco Foundation was born with the mission of empowering inner-city youth as artists, activists and global citizens. 

Our transition to M.U.R.A.L, Magnifying Urban Realities & Affecting Lives, highlights our dedication to inner-city communities through new programs that emphasize their commitment to youth empowerment.



National Guild for Community Arts Education

Founded in 1937, the National Guild for Community Arts Education supports and advances access to lifelong learning opportunities in the arts. We foster the creation and development of community arts education organizations by providing research and information resources, professional development, networking opportunities and funding, and by advocating on behalf of the field.



Ocean Tomo LLC

Established in 2003, Ocean Tomo, LLC, is the Intellectual Capital Merchant Banc™ firm providing an industry leading array of financial products and services related to intangible assets.  Ocean Tomo offerings include expert testimony, valuation, strategy, research, ratings, investments, risk management and transactions. Ocean Tomo assists clients – corporations, law firms, governments and institutional investors – in realizing Intellectual Capital Equity® value broadly defined.

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Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance

Growing community through the unique combination of people, plants and place, The Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance changes lives through the power of nature. We inspire and educate through innovative programs and special events in one of the nation’s largest and finest historic conservatories, provoking curiosity and wonder.

The Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance is facilitating the New Communities Program which is generously supported by the Local Initiative Support Corporation (lLISC/Chicago), and provides opportunities for residents, businesses, city agencies, community based organizations and institutions, and other interested stakeholders to participate in the development of a plan to improve the “quality of life” for East Garfield Park.



William Harris Lee & Co.

William Harris Lee & Co. has established a reputation for making the finest-sounding, most affordable hand-crafted violins, violas, and cellos in the United States. We invite you to explore our Web site and encourage you to contact the company for further information. Call at 1-800-447-4533, or send e-mail to info@whlee.net


Special Thanks!

  • Austin Chamber of Commerce (ACC)
  • Austin Music Center
  • Bank of America
  • Chicago Park District
  • Chicago Public Schools (CPS)
  • City Arts Council
  • Coca-Cola Bottling Company
  • Cook County Block Grant
  • Illinois Arts Council (IAC)
  • International House of Blues Foundation (IHOBF)
  • Learn Charter School Network
  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • Oak Park Arts Council
  • Scupe Foundation
  • The Adler School of Professional Psychology
  • Village Leadership Academy
  • Walter Krasicki, Jr., W&W Musical Instrument Company
  • Young Leaders Fund (YLF)/Chicago Community Trust