News and Events Press March 19, 2014 | 0 Comment


Our Executive Director, Donnie Smith was featured in the Chicago Sun Times this past Sunday, March 17th. The article, written by Adrienne Samuels Gibbs was featured both electronically and in print. Here are some highlights from the article:

“That’s the spirit Smith invokes as she fills out grant applications, goes to interviews, scouts performance and office spaces, and fine-tunes the mission and responsibilities of the fledgling 501(c)(3) organization that opened its doors last year and is serving its second “cohort” of students. Smith just finished her semifinalist interview for the prestigious Echoing Green fellowship, she’s been in talks with the popular Black Girls Rock foundation and she finished another round of Afterschool Matters interviews.”

“She’s chosen to work in the inner city and to lay out a lifeline of hope,” says Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children’s Defense Fund and Smith’s mentor. Smith is a graduate of the defense fund’s interventionist programming. “Everybody needs to open their doors and compete with the drug dealers. We need to deal forthrightly with the issue of abuse. Donnie is very courageous in having a way for children to understand that they’re not alone.”

“Art saved our lives when we were going through difficult and traumatic experiences,” she says, shifting the conversation back to saving Chicago’s kids. “This is a natural progression. I feel this is what I’m supposed to do.”

Read the entire article here:

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