Providing Life-Changing Encouragement To Urban Children

Dick Pendleton

For over six decades Dick Pendleton was a legendary jazz clarinetist in the Twin Cities. Dick was a life-long member of Calvary Lutheran Church, just a few blocks from his home. When Dick died in 1999, he left the bulk of his estate to Calvary. In honor of Dick, the church was instrumental in the founding of the Urban Arts Academy in 2001. In order to serve the entire neighborhood, the Academy chose to become a non faith-based program.

The Urban Arts Academy believes that every child should have a place to create, explore and invent new ways of doing things. Urban Arts invests in the lives of kids in the neighborhood to build life-long thinkers and learners.

Dick’s Jazz Club

is for folks who believe in and support the work of Urban Arts (Download Dick’s Jazz Club Brochure). You are cordially invited to join others to:

  • make a difference in the lives of urban children
  • support and encourage students in their creative expression through the arts
  • help develop the potential of children in our neighborhoods

Many programs are provided at no cost. Urban Arts is funded by grants from foundations and corporations, by fees for program tuition, and increasingly, by gifts from individuals and families like you.

When you join Dick’s Jazz Club, you become a partner with many others who want to help our students succeed.

Dick’s Jazz Club Members

Join Dick’s Jazz Club Choose Your Level
Clarinetist $2,500 and up
Tap Dancer $1,000–$2,499
Saxophonist $500–$999
Vocalist $100–$499
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