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Donda’s House, Inc. was designed to provide access to premium arts instruction to youth. Arts and music programs are routinely the first casualty in schools facing budget crises, specifically institutions in at-risk communities that directly benefit from access to safe environments and developmental opportunities.



“Got Bars” was created by Chicago rappers Rhymefest and Kanye West, to simulate the creative environment of the late 90s that offered openmics, rap battles and other creative outlets for budding artists. That collaborative environment ushered in a new era of nonviolent and socially conscious music. Dr. Donda West provided the necessary recording equipment in her home and is remembered for asking “is that your truth?” to the young artists who frequently visited.



Dr. Donda West will be remembered as the mother of Kanye Omari West, but she stands on her own merit as doctor of education, professor of English, curriculum designer, entertainment manager, and world traveler who inspired her students to fulfill their potential and inspired her son to be a fearless star.



Our teaching philosophy is based on the research and career of Dr. Donda West who believed that arts instruction improves a child’s analytical and creative capacity. Donda’s House seeks to provide a safe, creative environment that inspires, empowers, challenges and produces tomorrow’s problem solvers.