Harold Washington Cultural Center
Welcome to Harold Washington
The Harold Washington Cultural Center (HWCC) is the vision and innovation of the Honorable Dorothy Tillman and the Board of Directors of Tobacco Road, Inc., the nonprofit entity that owns the Center. The Board is composed of a diverse group of artists and business & community representatives and is dedicated to establishing viable programs for area residents. The state-of-the-art, 40,000-sq. ft. education and entertainment facility boasts countless features that contribute directly to the current revitalization efforts and economic redevelopment of the Grand Boulevard/Bronzeville neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side.
The goals of the Center are multi-faceted and ambitious, but wholly possible through the diligent efforts of its principal administrators and dedicated staff. The mission of the HWCC is to preserve and protect the rich, diverse culture & history of African Americans through the education & professional development of Chicago’s youth. HWCC offers the community a wide range of educational programs & services in the sphere of arts & entertainment ” from business & performance management, digital recording & production, to classical music instruction and marketing, development & distribution ” exploring all aspects of the opportunities and careers at their disposal! What follows is a look at HWCC’s services, facility and the opportunities for you to be a part of this important community initiative.
The Cultural Center is bustling with a myriad of activities and programs to choose from, all housed within a venue that rivals some of Chicago’s most intricately-designed, contemporary structures to date! Beyond the beautiful limestone facade and expansive two-story windows that span the building’s entire north side, visitors are greeted in a foyer of terrazzo marble and a soaring spiral iron staircase ascending to the upper level of the Center.
Bedecking the upper-level north wall is our treasured “Wall of Fame,” recognizing all individual and corporate donors, regardless of contribution size, extending our immense gratitude for their support of the vision we have for Bronzeville. Adorning the lower-level north wall are flat-screen plasma television monitors, capable of receiving & displaying cable & satellite transmissions. These monitors also afford us flexibility & variation in the types of marketing, promotion & advertising we offer corporations, as we have the capability to broadcast directly from the theatre or from the other side of the world!
In addition to the beautiful physical amenities, HWCC is also home to a number of educational, cultural and entertainment programs for children, adults and seniors. The Center features a 1,000-seat ComEd Performing Arts Theatre, a Digital Media & Fine Arts Information Resource Center, a Radio & Television Broadcast Center and the Music & Performing Arts Institute. Please continue reading to learn more about our innovative, creative programs offering opportunities & access to our youth.
Education and Performance
At the Harold Washington Cultural Center, we believe that the most effective means to providing our youth with creative inspiration and thought is to give them access, opportunity and control of their destiny. When students enroll in any of our courses, they are responsible for maintaining a predetermined grade point average at their respective school and consistent timely arrivals & attendance. Students are also responsible any tuition costs incurred. Annually, students are required to participate in at least three (3) fund raisers to underwrite the cost of their training, taking the onus off parents and designating accountability to our students. Our objective for youth is to instill accountability and responsibility to better equip for adulthood.