Kuumba Lynx is committed to the lives of youth using urban art and performance to cultivate strong communities built on a foundation of love.



Kuumba Lynx's

COVID-19 Statement 


Kuumba Lynx spaces are for many a brave sanctuary, however, this virus has stopped us dead in our tracks, it disheartens us to have our daily routines interrupted as workshops, performances, & events at all program sites are officially on  PAUSE effective Friday, March 13, 2020. We will continue to rely on health recommendations to inform our decisions while maintaining the wellness and freedom practices of our community to the best of our ability. We invite you to stay in touch with us on social media or by joining our email list here.


The KL crew will work remotely and be available via email, FB messenger, and phone. In response to COVID-19, Kuumba Lynx affirms the importance of a pause in order to prioritize health & wellness, as well as to detach from toxic norms & systems that do not contribute to our community’s ability to thrive. We continue to reimagine a more just existence, and hope our approach is an equitable practice of community care. In the meantime, survival pending revolution, continues to be best practices by our crew supporting each other in the following ways:

  1. For FT & PT staff, and all 2020 Arts Roster Arts facilitators who were part of any SY20 grant-funded school residencies, workshops, and or projects, we are offering stipends equal to our contracted agreements, in an effort to mitigate the effects of the school closures and or contract cancellations. 

  2. We are working with all of our contracted partners including ASM, CPS, and DFSS to explore all avenues for our contracts with them to still be fulfilled so that our organization does not sustain a financial hit that we may not recover from.  THis has proven to be very challenging with CPS.

  3. We have set up a Go Fund Me to help offset some of the unforeseen costs and uncertainty with our funders. We are also exploring other potential funding options to assist with pay, Wellness packages & emergency health care costs, technology & utilities for remote working, and in hopes to develop a RELIEF Fund for KL families, As I AM youth ( 18-25), and the 2019-20 Artist Roster & affiliates who work seasonally with KL,

  4. We will continue weekly Hip Hop Arts engagements 3x a week virtually on our social media platforms.

  5. Special projects, events, partnerships, programs, and Professional Development/praxi sharing are still in dialogue & planning, but will most likely go virtual, with adapted content to ensure high-quality experiences in a new, remote format. Information and links to register for upcoming sessions and events will be found on our website and social media platforms.

who WE are?


How we do it 

KL is an urban arts youth development organization founded in 1996 by three women, Jaquanda Villegas, Leida Garcia-Mukwacha, and Jacinda Bullie....

KL provides performances & productions, community cultural events and praxi sharing, all rooted in an indigenous culture of urban artistry and activism...


KL's Hip Hop Arts Program (HHAP) continuum creates pathways across the city at various locations including park districts, schools and community spaces...


Kuumba Lynx primarily facilitates programming in Uptown, Englewood, Little Village, and Austin, however program participants represent over 27 Chicago communities.  From Auburn Gresham to Humboldt Park, and from South Shore to Rogers Park, KL’s celebrates its participants global experiences and perspectives. KL program participants are 55% African American, 30% Latino, 1% Native, 5% White and 9% other.  Our participants are generally 8 to 18 years old (70%), but we also serve 19 to 25 year olds (30%).


Kuumba Lynx is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to programs, facilities, events, programs, and employment.  Kuumba Lynx seeks to hosts space where discrimination and harassment against any person because of age, ancestry, color, disability or handicap, national origin, race, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is not tolerated. Discrimination or harassment toward participants, staff, and program facilitators will be addressed on a case by case basis.

Amongst our family of arts facilitators and youth participants, it is our hope to cultivate a sustainable long term culture free of rape culture and abuse, one that embraces peace, love, respect, honor, justice, and healing.  We are committed to hosting a space that seeks forms of accountability, and transformative healing where we can learn together how to best cultivate community. We are committed to establishing and sustaining partnerships and seeking supporting resources that will include both on and off-site trainings for staff and participants in areas of mental health, gender justice, consent, forms of abuse and sexual assault & harassment, intimate partner abuse, and topics to be determined by KL participants and facilitators.

Kuumba Lynx is committed to healing, transformative and restorative justice practices and the necessary redemption work involved when harm has been done within our space. When applicable, KL will offer  healing and or restorative process for both survivor and harm doer, to be determined case by case. Kuumba Lynx does not condone violence nor its many forms, including condoning the involvement of the criminal justice system in community matters. Find our annual report here.


Meet the KL Crew

We are the heartbeats of Kuumba Lynx. Each day is successful because of our close-knit team of influential leaders that are impacting the youth day-by-day.

Jaquanda Saulter-Villegas
Co-Creative Lead

Jacinda Bullie
Co-Creative Lead

Darius Parker 
Director of Operations

Calendar of Events



Uplift Community High School

900 W. Wilson Ave. 

Hours Of Operation: 


Clarendon Park 

4501 N. Clarendon Ave. 

Hours Of Operation: 


Jacinda: 773-550-4229 Jaquanda: 773-550-3849


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