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.

Check out our break down of how we do what we do through our Theory of Change:

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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

Pastor Phil Jackson

Founder & CEO


Naomi Sheridan

Director of Development


Lakena Young

Executive Assistant


Chef Teddy

Executive Chef/instuctor


Ramon Herring

Kitchen Assistant


Tim Gates

Building Director


Derrick White

Navigator/Outreach Director


Tyrone Buford

Outreach Supervisor


Jaquain Whittington

Navigator (Professional Mentor)


Marcellus Moore

Navigator (Professional Mentor)


Jabari Ellis

Outreach Advocate


Jessica Nash

Young Life staff


The Firehouse Community Art Center of Chicago

2111 S Hamlin Ave, Chicago IL, 60629

Expanded Location

Expanded Location

5000 West Roosevelt, Chicago IL, 60644


Spark Arts

Violence prevention through the arts

P.A.C. Program

Violence intervention through the arts