The Mission

Performing Arts USA is to promote, support, empower and facilitate the development of Chicago-area disadvantaged and underserved youth and young adults in the pursuit of the performing arts.
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Student, Age 6
"Performing Arts USA helped me stop being angry all the time. When I go to Performing Arts USA it makes me happy. I enjoy singing and I sing in front of my mother. It makes her happy."
Student, Age 12
"Before Performing Arts USA, I used to run away from home because I was bored. PAUSA helped me to get along with other people and to sing. I no longer run away from home and I make my grandmother happy."
Student, Age 17
PAUSA is giving me opportunities I could have never imagined. I no longer participate in street activities. PAUSA has placed me on a positive path by giving me hope, support, something great to look forward too. Thank you PAUSA for saving my lifeďż˝


Comprehensive training and support in dance, music, vocals training, theatre, costuming, stage make-up, and stagecraft, touring etc for youth ages 5-24


PAUSA has seen reduction of negative life choices in participating youth. The benefits for at-risk youth involved in the performing arts include improvements in:
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