CHRP was the first tap festival in the world to evolve into a year-round presenter of tap dance and continues to lead the field by presenting concerts, educational programs, year-round outreach and conferences for the field. CHRP goes beyond presenting concerts and festivals, acting as an advocate for the art form and an incubator for independent artists and other small nonprofits through sustained, integrated, equitable cultural investment.


Chicago Human Rhythm Project presents contemporary percussive arts in innovative performance, education and outreach programs through sustained, integrated, equitable cultural investment.

Chicago Human Rhythm Project celebrates the primal impulse to make rhythm and presents programs throughout the year that bring diverse individuals and communities together to share this common experience. CHRP presents four annual performance/education programs at venues around Chicago including The DuSable Museum of African American History, the National Museum of Mexican Art, the Irish American Heritage Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Jazz Showcase and the Harris Theater for Music and Dance. CHRP's resident performance and education ensemble provides after school arts education classes and performs its acclaimed lecture demonstration - We All Got Rhythm - throughout Chicago which has been seen by more than 100,000 school children and teens. Our dance/arts incubator, the Mayfair Arts Center in Calumet Heights provides subsidized space and career/organizational development support to independent artists and small nonprofits.