Culture. Literacy. Art.

At Brown Books and Paint brushes we hope to empower, develop, and educate ALL young children- through art, literacy, social justice and civic engagement programming; pertaining to the African-American culture and healthy racial identity.

Brown Books and Paintbrushes: Active Community Leader in Chicago


Culture+Social Justice+Civic Engagement 

We understand the importance of each child’s healthy racial identity and the joy in human diversity, inclusion, their intellect with justice, and their ability to act for their own and others’ fair actions. In partnership with families and early childhood educators, partners and reliable resources. Brown Books and Paintbrushes is in a distinctive position to sustain the youngest members of humanity by providing age-appropriate programming for children and resources for families; that support education and resources related to African-American culture and their voice in civic engagement.



We believe early literacy is a right that provides equal opportunity to achieving additional lifelong positive development-which every child deserves. If we help children get on the course to learning in the earliest years, even before they enter kindergarten, they are far more likely to be successful in school and life. We also believe in investing in low-literate environments that are unable to provide the rousing learning atmosphere that young children need to jump start their education.


Through the arts, young children connect in creative development which connects art to each developmental area. By doing so, they become skilled at key early childhood concepts, allowing them to artistically problem solve and reach early childhood benchmarks; by using their own quality style in which they learn best. We are equipping children with the tools necessary to be victorious in the 21st century and creating a sense of community through rich art-integrated activities and workshops.


Brown Books & Paint Brushes is in the business of changing and shaping lives. The work we do at our Non-Profit is aimed at providing a holistic and developmentally appropriate approach to solving some of our society’s biggest challenges around social justices and civic engagement.  We make sure young children and their families are empowered by creating opportunities to learn and engage with individuals and communities.


Storytelling is our way of enhancing cultural understanding. Reading stories give children the chance to explore their own and other cultures. When hearing stories, children learn to identify with with unfamiliar situations, places, and peoples. Stories also have the ability to learn more about different values, traditions, and life experiences-all through literacy.



Our variety of workshops is an approach to teaching and learning in which children create and demonstrate understanding through an art form. At Brown Books and Paintbrushes, we host various forms of art (drama, music, storytelling, poetry, visual arts, literacy and language, civic engagements and creative movement) as major pathways to culture.


With this initiative, our goal is to promote the reliable and valid work of black authors and artist. Children learn through monthly events to discuss and bring books to life; through engaging peer discussions, relatable activities and civic engagement. Also, children and families are invited to join us in many cultural experiences such as a visit to the Children's Museum of Social Justice and The Dusable Museum of African-American History .




Youth Advisory Board

The most vulnerable among us, the youngest, least resourced, and most marginalized, have the same value as everyone else. Is the responsibility of every active member of a society to develop and protect every person's unique contribution by creating opportunities to receive relevant information, share their organic wisdom, and participate in the exchange of ideas in ways that shape institutional power. 


Reader+Athlete+Future Scientist


Honor Roll+Believer+Thinker


Honor Roll+Reader+Dancer


Reader+Future Fashion Designer+Youth Voice


Honor Roll+Activist+Thinker




With our organization’s mission always in mind, we strive to find new strategies for sealing the literacy gap . Literacy is something that we take very seriously, and our team is working each and every day to make a positive impact on the literacy rates in the communities. We build small libraries in the homes of young children to promote our cause and hope for empowerment. Contact us to learn more about our commitment to getting books and art in the hands of young children across the Chicago land- and beyond.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

 “Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces I would still plant my apple tree.” 


Hyde Park, Chicago, 60615

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