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Culture. Literacy. Art.

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

Brown Books and Paintbrushes: Active Community Leader in Chicago


At Brown Books and Paintbrushes, we are committed to investing our early childhood education expertise and resources to further achieve our mission.


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, 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.


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 approach to solving some of our society’s biggest challenges. We make sure our partners are empowered by creating opportunities for 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 art 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, and creative movement) as major pathways to culture.


With this initiative, our goal is to promote the work of black authors and artist. We've created a monthly book club for young children, based on a timeline of black history. Children learn through monthly discussions about books, authors, and artist. 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 .



With our organization’s mission always in mind, we strive to find new strategies for dealing with this challenge. 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 and 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