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MISSION STATEMENT eta CREATIVE ARTS FOUNDATION seeks to be a major cultural resource institution for the preservation, perpetuation and promulgation of the African American aesthetic in the City of Chicago, the State of Illinois and the Nation. Toward this end, eta CREATIVE ARTS FOUNDATION shall provide professional opportunities by way of training and performance for the development of both youth and adults as artists and technicians; arts-in-education, sales for visual artists through the gallery and exposure for the general public to authentic, valid projections of African American lifestyles, experiences and aspirations.
PURPOSE: eta Creative Arts Foundation, Inc. was incorporated in April, 197l as a non-profit, tax-exempt organization to provide professional training in the performing and technical arts for youth and adults. In the past 30 years, eta has become widely recognized as Chicago's leading performing and cultural arts complex in the African American community as well as the only African American owned and managed facility of its kind in the city (and one of few in the nation). eta has a commitment to the production of new works and the development of the individual artist. PROGRAM: eta provides an extensive training program in the performing arts as well as the technical aspects of stagecraft. Classes are held for children, beginning at age six; teenagers and adults in acting, music, dance, playwriting, lighting, sound, stage management, directing and the use of audio visual and video tape equipment.