The Remix Project was created in order to help level the playing field for young people from disadvantaged, marginalized and under served communities. Our programs and services serve youth who are trying to enter into the creative industries or further their formal education; learn more from this video from ABC7’s Theresa Gutierrez.
Our program welcomes up to 15 youth per academy every February for a 9-month professional training and skills development program.
Our participants are extremely talented underserved youth from Chicago’s priority neighborhoods aged 18-25 who over the course of ther year are provided with the tools and mentors necessary to develop their portfolios and business plans in pursuit of opportunities in entrepreneurship, employment and/or further education in the creative industries.
Over the course of the year the organization hosts 9 workshops, with topics relevant to the participants pursuit of a career in the creative arts. Watch this recap video of our Understanding Your Market workshop.
Over the course of the year we also welcome leaders in the creative community to host conversational lectures at our home base in LACUNA Chicago at 2150 S Canalport in Pilsen. Watch this video from a recent visit with American contemporary artist Ron English.
Our corporate partnerships are allowing us to further the mission and message in support of the developing career paths for young creatives in Chicago. Watch this short video to learn more about our collaboration with ComEd in telling the importance of STEM learning.
The internationally recognized and multi-award winning Remix Project is opening at The Lacuna Arts Lofts in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood.
Toronto 2006: Facing a rising issue with gun violence amongst young people in the city’s 13 ‘priority neighbourhoods’, Toronto was in the midst of what media were calling The Summer of The Gun. Several advocates started to speak up about a small non-profit located on the lower west side of the city that was seeing measurable results at reducing violence, engaging young people and changing the path of youth who were labeled ‘at-risk’.
Over the past 7 years, through various public and private funding, countless volunteer hours and the exceptional talent of its participants, The Remix Project has grown to a near million-dollar-a-year, 5000sq feet state-of-the-art alternative arts and education Centre.
The Remix Project was created in order to help level the playing field for young people from disadvantaged, marginalized and under served communities. Our programs and services serve youth who are trying to enter into the creative industries or further their formal education; The REMIX Project provides top-notch alternative, creative, educational programs, facilitators and facilities. Our mission is to help refine the raw talents of young people in order to help them find success as participants define it and on their own terms.
Our Successes Include:
• Over $3million in funds-raised over 6 years to help inner-city youth.
• National Crime Prevention Centre (Canada) deemed The Remix Project a successful model for increasing community safety, by preventing and reducing youth crime
• 49% of graduates connect to the workforce
• 23% of graduates re-connected to education
• 24% of graduates pursued their art as young entrepreneurs
• Graduates have received a semester of high school credits from being a part of Remix.
• Graduates have received internships in the field of their choice while at Remix or following graduation
• Each year 3 Remix graduates receive full scholarships to college.
• 25 Remix Graduates were helped by Remix staff and mentors to obtain grants to pursue entrepreneurship and now have successful businesses and/or non-profit organizations thriving in the community
Our Home in Chicago:
At 2150 S Canalport, in the southwest neighbourhood of Pilsen, sits a 114 year-old, massive, 5 floor, former Macaroni Factory that over the last 4 years has developed to what is now known as The Lacuna Arts Lofts. Lacuna is home to nearly 150 small creative arts based businesses as well as several shared events spaces and galleries, its walls adorned with some of the city’s finest new music, street art, photography and design coming out of Chicago today.
Lacuna defines Ward 25’s mandate for the neighbourhood’s focus as a creative arts based district. It is through existing support from the ownership as well as Alderman Danny Solis and Mayor Rahm Emmanuel that makes Lacuna perfect home for The Remix Project’s first American alternative arts and education Centre.
As a registered 501c3 in the state of Illinois, The Remix Project is dedicated to bringing to Chicago the same level of success and positive outcomes that it has seen in Toronto for several years. The time for Remix in Chicago is now. The ongoing narrative of violence amongst the city’s marginalized young people needs to change – we hope you will be part of this change. The Remix Project is looking for partners to join in facilitating our barrier-breaking curriculum for the exceptional creative talents hailing from Chicago’s ‘at-risk’ communities.