Belonging Together: Little Black Pearl Introduces Black Wall

A communal studeio shows paint covered tabled and artwork on the walls.A renowned cultural art center firmly rooted in the Black community on Chicago’s near South Side, Little Black Pearl is a collective space where design blends with art and culture in the North Kenwood-Oakland neighborhood. Monica Haslip, founder, executive director and lead designer, reveals a passion for human potential in her approach to projects that exemplifies the organization’s long history. That’s the impetus for establishing a new collective space on the 47th Street corridor to round out a café and market and independent co-working lounge. “The Black Wall came out of self-reflection and the understanding that I wanted to offer spaces that were kind and generous and to invite people to feel a sense of belonging in an environment that is creative and inspiring,” says Haslip.

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Photo: Courtesy Little Black Pearl