Firehouse Community Arts Center....
In a neighborhood where many
believe violence often over-shadows opportunity, one
group is giving North Lawndale teens a place to call
New Plans for Old an Firehouse...
For years, the spot was home to the
Chicago Fire Department's Engine 38. Today, the Lawndale
Christian Community Church is hoping the place will help
rescue a generation of youngsters.
Pastor Phil Jackson, whose
"hip-hop" church services attract hundreds of teens each
month -- says the idea was a natural next step.
"This idea was born by way of the
students not being able to do anything or even have
access to stretch their potential," said Pastor Jackson.
"We want to teach students how to do web design, graphic
arts and video editing so they can now take a skill and
all of these skills will help students be more
marketable whether they go off to college or they have
certifications in certain areas so they can go out and
actually go out and start working."
A state-of-the-art kitchen to teach
culinary arts, a dance studio, a graphic arts center and
photo lab. This damp basement is slated to house a music
Despite the uphill battle they face
in raising funds, organizers deem the $700,000 price tag
to renovate the building and hire staff "worth it" to
achieve the dream.
"Really it's just grassroots. If
you've got ten dollars and you can contribute that and
make it happen, that's where we're at. If you've got
skills to help us build a recording studio, bring that,"
said Pastor Jackson.
The Firehouse Community Arts Center
For more information Contact:
Pastor of The House Covenant Church
Founder / Organizational President of The Firehouse
Community Arts Center