Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Solel International CFC number 44945

I am veteran Danny Asberry-El and we are Solel International CFC number 44945. Have you ever felt like your creativity would be somehow boxed and contained if you will... Our veteran ran nonprofit allows everyone young and old to realize their potential through the pathways of arts culture and continued education. Together with our creatives, we’ve made the first augmented reality murals in Houston Galveston, and the kingdom of Bahrain.

Maximo's Story

I want to introduce you to Maximo, one of our biggest movers and shakers at A Step Beyond. An amazing student in his freshman year of high school, Maximo’s dream is to go to UCLA, become a lawyer, and eventually run for public office. Maximo is well on his way to achieving his goals--he has a GPA of 3.86 and is already taking college classes. He will be the first in his family to graduate college. Will you help him achieve his goals?

“A Step Beyond has helped me build social skills, my dancing skills, to find my passions, and to become my true self.” says Maximo.

Honoring the Legacy of our Greatest Generation

Our great country is filled with beautiful museums, but Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum is the only one that sits on Ford Island, America’s WWII aviation battlefield. On December 7, 1941, the very grounds on which we are located became the site of the deadly attack on Pearl Harbor.

Each year, first hand memories of the December 7, 1941 attack grow dimmer. Yet the lessons learned, the strength and resilience of the American spirit that followed, remain vital – we must all remember Pearl Harbor.

Showcasing the Abilities of Artists with Disabilities in 2020

2020 marked Arts of Life’s 20th Anniversary year. Over two decades we have grown to run two art studios supporting 60 artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Chicago-land. For those marginalized by disability, Arts of Life supplies the rare opportunity to find meaningful work and a sense of community inclusion that can ultimately lead to dignity, freedom, choice, and a sense of belonging. There was much to celebrate, but instead our plans were cancelled and the year seemed doomed to end in a whimper.