The Remix Project was created in order to help level the playing field for young people from disadvantaged, marginalized and under served communities.

At 2150 S Canalport, in the southwest neighborhood of Pilsen, sits a 114 year-old, massive, 5 floor, former Macaroni Factory that over the last 4 years has developed to what is now known as The Lacuna Arts Lofts. Lacuna is home to nearly 200 small creative arts based businesses as well as several shared events spaces and galleries, its walls adorned with some of the city’s finest new music, street art, photography and design coming out of Chicago today.

Thinking back to the projects, and the way they tore’em all up like when I do a project, and come back and tear the mall up

– Kanye West

The Project

Their programs and services serve youth who are trying to enter into the creative industries or further their formal education. The Remix Project provides top-notch alternative, creative, educational programs, facilitators and facilities. Their mission is to help refine the raw talents of young people in order to help them find success as participants define it and on their own terms.

The time for Remix in Chicago is now. The ongoing narrative of violence amongst the city’s marginalized young people needs to change – they hope you will be part of this change. The Remix Project is looking for partners to join in facilitating the barrier-breaking curriculum for the exceptional creative talents hailing from Chicago’s ‘at-risk’ communities.

The Impact

Program success is tracked by measuring the number of youth who graduate from The Remix Project in addition to their ability to achieve one of the following Exit Strategies:

Young people from the program have the ability to earn credits towards their high school diploma. Those who are interested in post-secondary education have the ability to apply for a scholarship to one of our post-secondary educational partners.


Young people from the program have the opportunity to earn an internship in the industry of their choice. Once graduated from Remix they can also apply to participate in one of many social enterprises offered by the organization to engage alumni in the freelancer workforce.


Young people are supported in the research and application process of capital grants / loans to support their ventures.



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