Mission Statement

The mission of the Harold Washington Cultural Center is to preserve and protect the rich, diverse culture, and history of African Americans through the education and professional development of Chicago’s youth.

Core Values


We value humble, trusting leadership and believe it fosters dedication to our mission.
Lead as you wish to be led.
Provide patience, attention, encouragement, respect, fair standards, compelling goals and honest feedback, whether you are the leader or the led. 


We service the community and each other, operate with a generosity of spirit, and have fun in the process of creating together.
We will maximize our collective impact on the community; we inspire, challenge, and support each other to be our best.


We strive to perform the best plays and provide the best programming, be accountable, work as a team, continuously learn and perfect the craft, service to the community, and communicate effectively.


We will be ethically unyielding, honest, and inspire trust by saying what we mean, matching our behaviors to our words and taking responsibility for our actions.

Education of Excellence

We will educate the youth to expect the best from themselves, remove obstacles, inspire and support others, embrace heritage, and pursue success.

About Executive Director Jimalita Tillman

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Jimalita Executive Director of Harold Washington Cultural Center, graduate of DePaul University with a degree in Theater Management /International Marketing.

Jimalita has received training in theater operation from North Shore Country Day School, Black Ensemble Theater, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, and ETA Theater.

Member of National Association of Theater Owners, International Association of Theatre for Children Young People, Black Storytellers Alliance, National Association of Youth Theatres (UK), Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., and African American Arts Alliance.

Her professional credentials include, National Association of Black Female Executive in Music Entertainment, World Congress of Sports, National Association of Women Business Owners, Business and Professional Women Organization, National Association of Business Economics, Marketing Opportunities for Blacks in Business and Entertainment, Association for Contingency Planners, National Alliance for Media, Arts, Culture.

A multi-lingual whose volunteerism is recognized in Ghana, London, and Brazil, Jimalita is also the executive producer of “Off Broadway to Bronzeville Series” at HWCC; board member of Eye on Concussions, Red Hot Board of Primo Center for Women and Children; member of Transformation Church; and mother to Dorothy Jean, II.

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