Donda’s House, Inc. provides unprecedented access and education from leading experts in the arts, culture & entertainment industry to Chicago’s creative youth and young adults ages 14 – 24.
Donda’s House Inc. curates music festivals, artist lectures and workshops, in order to provide showcasing opportunities for artists. Past events include AAHH Fest! Community Day, Teens in the Park Fest and Behind The Mic.
Donda’s House Inc. incubates Creative Entrepreneurs and provides professional development for Creatives in order to enhance skills and help Creatives close the gap between their reality and their dreams.
IN HONOR OF DR. DONDA WEST
Mother + Scholar + Mentor
Long before the rest of the world could pronounce the name of her now iconic son, Kanye West, Dr. Donda West set up a recording studio in her home. She nurtured, supported and encouraged a generation of young artists, who to this day, are brought to tears by the impact she had on their lives. Our Creative Director and Che “Rhymefest” Smith, was one of those artists! We honor her legacy by providing a similar familial and safe environment for young creatives, who are imagining a better future for themselves, their families, their communities and our world.DONATE
Our Key Initiatives
Below you will find our key events, programs and initatives. Please join our mailing list to receive notification about opportunities to enroll or e-mail us at email@example.com for more information.Join Our Mailing List
Our signature music lyric/composition and performance program. Designed to help students learn how to write, record and perform original music, as well as expose students to the “business” of entertainment.
Our cultural exchange program designed to build creative bridges between different communities. This program launched in the Spring of 2017 with “Bridges to the Blues” a program that paired seasoned musicians with young artists to create original music to perform at the historic Chicago Blues Festival.
We create and highlight opportunities for artists to showcase their work. We integrate our artists into existing events in order to provide a platform for their work, as well as implement music festivals, concerts and auditions for artists to further develop their live performance skills and grow their audience. If you are interested in booking any of our artists, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our MasterClass series where we bring artists, executives and creatives to speak about their experiences in intimate settings. Past guests have included No ID (producer of Jay-Z’s 4:44 album), Big Sean, Broadway Actor Chester Gregory, Big K.R.I.T. and more!
Our Administrative Team
Donda’s House functions through the support of our Administrative Team, our committed volunteers, our dedicated alumni, and our visionary Board of Directors. Please contact us at email@example.com, to learn how you can support our efforts.
Donnie Nicole Smith
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Che “Rhymefest” Smith
Co-Founder, Creative Director, Creative Writing Instructor
Charleston “The Honorable Hakim Dough” Parham
Communications Director, Social Media Manager, Instructor
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Mailing Address: Dyett High School for the Arts, ATTN: Donda’s House Inc., 555 E. 51st Street, Chicago, IL 60615