Our mission is to interrupt the cycle of violence among youth and young adults in North Lawndale through the power of the arts and faith!

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Firefest 2021 Highlights

OUR VISION IS THAT NORTH LAWNDALE SETS THE EXAMPLE OF A COMMUNITY UNITED IN PROSPERITY, SAFETY AND HOLISTIC SHALOM (PEACE).

About the Firehouse

The Firehouse Community Arts Center has served as a safe haven for young people in the Chicago area for over a decade and has been coordinating various events and art programs dedicated to preventing and interrupting youth and young adults caught in violence. The Firehouse Community Art Center was birthed from youth and young adults in North Lawndale who attended an all youth and young adult Saturday night Hip-Hop worship service in 2003, started by Pastor Phil Jackson. Youth and young adults came from all over the community and city to engage in the arts. This prompted Pastor Phil and several partners to incorporate The Firehouse Community Art Center as a 501(c)(3) in 2006, and in 2007 they purchased the 100 year old Chicago Firehouse in North Lawndale. The Firehouse now offers year-round, multi-disciplinary cultural arts programming, mentorship, leadership and workforce development centered around the prevention and interruption of violence.

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