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northshore center for the performing arts

9501 N Skokie Blvd, Skokie IL

Muntu returns to North Shore for its annual interactive youth concert!  

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Northshore Center for the Performing Arts

9501 N Skokie Blvd, Skokie, IL

Muntu returns to the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts for a second day in a row!

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gail borden library

270 North Grove Avenue, Elgin, IL

Muntu performs for the community and guests of the Gail Borden Public Library.

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adlai E. stevenson high school

1 Stevenson Dr., Lincolnshire, IL - Private Event

Muntu performs 2 exciting and interactive  1 hour performances  for students and administrators at Adlai E. Stevenson High School.

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erie elementary

1450 N. Washtenaw, Chicago, IL 60622

Muntu will perform a 30 minute performance for the students of Erie Elementary school.

Arts Education

Ace Programs

Muntu partners with schools, park districts, and other community centers to  provide quality training in dance, music and visual arts. Our programs are available for ages five to fifty.

Programs Include

  • Hands-on Residencies
  • Workshops 
  • Professional Development for Teachers and Artists
  • Ensemble Performances


In 1993, Muntu officially launched Arts for Community Empowerment (ACE) as its arts education program.  ACE was created based on its belief that all children should have opportunities to participate actively in the arts, both in their schools and in their local and greater communities.

Muntu’s core ACE programs are its school and community based residencies. Residencies provide youth-centered, sequential arts learning experiences for a period of eight to twenty weeks. Each residency includes a culminating presentation by the students for the school and community providing an opportunity for youth to express themselves and receive the recognition of their accomplishments by the larger community.

Donoghue Perf Drums"I want to remember everything for my hole(sic) life!"
-9 year old ACE participant describing what he wanted to remember from his time with Muntu

Gage Park Stretch"Taking Muntu dance for the second time, I learned more patience and discipline..."
-high school ACE participant

Support Muntu's ACE Programs

ACE provides rigorous arts training in African dance, music and folklore, while linking the arts to the academic curriculum. Many schools and community centers that want to expose young people to the art and culture of African and African American people lack the resources to bring Muntu to their facility. Muntu is committed to enhancing the creativity and confidence of our youth through dance, music and culture. We need your support to "fill the gap" between what it costs to provide high quality ACE programs and the financial resources available to schools and community organizations.

Donate via PayPal:


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Muntu Fund for the Future

Now more than ever, it is vitally important that we celebrate our culture, join together to support our youth, and help to preserve our heritage. It’s our work to do!

To ensure that Muntu Dance Theatre is able to continue its legacy of service to our communities, our audiences and our youth we are launching the Fund for the Future to be named in honor of our retiring president Joan Gray.

Your contribution to the Fund for the Future will ensure that Muntu’s ACE programs can continue to serve over 1000 youth each year; and that the Company can create and present new work and compensate our artists and staff.

If you believe that:
• Our communities deserve quality arts organizations and programming
• Our culture should be celebrated
• Our youth need to learn about themselves and their capacity to achieve

Then be a stakeholder in the FUTURE of Muntu! Donate to ensure that Black Arts organizations remain viable with your gift today to our Fund for the Future!



You may also mail your donation to:

Muntu Dance Theatre
1809 E. 71st Street, Suite 203
Chicago, IL 60649
*Maximize your donation – check to see if your employer has a matching gift program.

Muntu dance theatre is a 501(C)3 non profit organization.  All donations are tax exempt to the extent provided by law.


Friends of Muntu

Join this enthusiastic group of community members who give generously of their time to support Muntu. The primary role of the “Friends” is to host Muntu’s Fall Benefit and silent auction. The group also plans additional fun social events throughout the year.

Other volunteer opportunities:

Muntu has long-and short-term volunteer opportunities to fit your time, skills and interests. Contact us to find out more.


Our work is made possible by the generous contributions of individuals, foundations, corporations and government agencies.

2013 Summer Gala Event & Table Sponsors & 2013 Fall Benefit Concert Sponsors
Blue Cross Blue Shield of IL The Collins-King Family Foundation Tim & Sandra Rand
The Boeing Company ComEd, an Exelon Company
JPMorgan Chase Logan Center for the Arts  
Foundation & Government Supporters
Alphawood Foundation Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley The Joyce Foundation
Aon Hewitt Field Foundation Nat'l Endowment for the Arts
Arts  Work Fund Lloyd A. Fry Foundation Polk Bros. Foundation
The Chicago Community Trust Harper Court Arts Council Prince Charitable Trust
City of Chicago CDBG Irving Harris Foundation The Saints
City of Chicago City Arts III Illinois Arts Council Sara Lee Foundation
Corporate Supporters
Best Buy ComEd Urban Partnership Bank
BlueCross/Blue Shield IL Peoples Gas U. S. Cellular
Boeing Company Pfizer
JPMorgan Chase PNC Bank