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

Our Story

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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Meet Our Staff

The Firehouse Community Art Center is run by a passionate staff of committed leaders. They are the heartbeat of everything we do.

Our Team
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Pastor Phil Jackson

Founder & CEO

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Naomi Sheridan

Director of Development

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Lakena Young

Executive Assistant

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Chef Teddy

Executive Chef/instuctor

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Tim Gates

Building Director

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Derrick White

Navigator and V.I.P Program Director

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Tyrone Buford

Outreach Director

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Jaquain Whittington

Navigator (Professional Mentor)

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Marcellus Moore

Navigator (Professional Mentor)

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Javonna Askew

Navigator (Professional Mentor)

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Jabari Ellis

Outreach Advocate

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Terrance Jones

Outreach Advocate

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Jessica Nash

Young Life staff

Our Board of Directors

Tameeka Christian Ph.D.

Board Chair
Community Psychologist, Bethany Fund

Cheresa LaFrances Purnell

Board Treasurer
Owner, The King Maker Concierge

Genessa Schultz, Ed.D.

Board Secretary
Resource Development Manager/ Interim Program Director, Alternative Schools Network

Aaron M. Clubb

Partner, True Platform

Yasmeen Bankole

Outreach Coordinator, Office of Senator Dick Durbin

David R. Blackmon

Quality Assurance Manager, CPS

William Gerstein

Retired/CPS

Felicia Stanton

Deputy Director of Systems Rebalancing MSW, IDHS-Mental Health

Locations

The Firehouse Community Art Center of Chicago

2111 S Hamlin Ave, Chicago IL, 60629

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Expanded Location

Expanded Location

5000 West Roosevelt, Chicago IL, 60644

Programs

Spark Arts

Violence prevention through the arts

P.A.C. Program

Violence intervention through the arts