Why Students Need the Arts as a Break

Image: imgkid.com Just last Thursday, my residence hall at the University of Illinois at Chicago held its biannual Coffeehouse event for a predominantly freshmen audience. Some of the best Resident Assistants and first-year students living on campus had the opportunity to showcase their talent through song, spoken word, instruments, and dance. In the midst of …

March 13, 2015 //

Black History Month and Empowering Our Youth: Recap of The Evolution of African-American Music

About two weeks ago, I had the delightful opportunity to attend my first Urban Gateways touring performance as the Marketing and Communications Intern, and as someone who is immersed in Cultural Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, I became enthused with what Bruce A. Henry and his band offered with their show, “The …

February 11, 2015 //

Arts and Community Mental Health: Improvement of Self-Worth and Management

There’s a reason why arts programs are beneficial to Chicago communities and our youth. A 2013 study published in the Journal of Health Psychology shows individuals with long-term mental health problems who participated in a 2-year community arts project improved their self-worth, management of mental health, their sense of belonging, acquisition of valued skills, and …