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During a lively performance using this native Trinidad percussion instrument, we witnessed how the once-unfamiliar sounds could energize people, opening them up to new adventures.

Culture, Arts & Music was founded by Matthew Potts, Christina Guerrero, and Anthony Jay Houston. As CAM president and an accomplished musician, Matthew conceived the idea based on personal experiences. While growing up in the northwest suburbs of Illinois in Crystal Lake, he discovered the steelpan. His passion for it only grew as he and his friends performed at college, where curious audience members asked them about these strange instruments. People wanted to learn the behind-the-music stories and Matt became inspired when educating them on Trinidad’s robust culture.

The playful rhythm of the steeplan; the powerful spark of curiosity.

Fast forward to today. Capturing the same enthusiasm from those college performances, the CAM staff coordinates community concerts, drum circles, festivals, and more. Residents of suburban Crystal Lake, Illinois and the surrounding area crave opportunities to experience diversity firsthand. Unfortunately, they are few and far between in the beautiful bubble of suburbia. CAM creates community events and programs that champion different cultures, exposing people to world heritages.

Entertainment and education go hand-in-hand.

In addition to engaging the local community, CAM aims to work with youth to pick up where many schools leave off by designing immersive activities. Enabling children to experience diversity at a young age sets them up to be responsible, knowledgeable, and compassionate global citizens.

What started as an idea is now transforming into a movement.

We believe culture, arts, and music are pathways to the soul of the world. By leveraging all five senses, they have the ability to instantly transport people to different countries. It’s not just a concert or festival — it’s a walk through Trinidad. And Brazil. And South Africa. The list will grow with our community and supporters.

Courses and Events

View our Course Catalog and Current Calendar

In addition to the special events listed below, CAM also offers a variety of different regular courses including dance and Zumba classes and our famous community steelbands!


Paint Night

March 17
7-9 PM
BYOB
This is a great way to have some fun with friends and do something different. Whether you’ve never painted before or you paint every day, everybody can have fun at this!
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Great Lakes Steelpan Festival

April 8
Great Lakes Steelpan Festival is our annual steelpan festival. It brings together steelpan musicians from around the world to share their craft with our community.
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Salsa/Bachata Social

Every Thursday
8-11 PM
BYOB
Come and enjoy some great salsa, bachata, merengue, cumbia and more! There is a lesson from 8-9 and then open dance from 9-11. Please feel free to bring your own food and drinks and come have a good time with some friends. Plus, the first twenty people get FREE tacos!


Steelband Courses

Earth Steelband Rehearsal
(Mondays 6-7:30)
Wind Steelband Rehearsal
(Tuesdays 6:30-8)
Fire Steelband Rehearsal
(Thursdays 5-6:30)


Drum Circle

First Sunday of every Month
3-4 PM
No experience necessary. Bring your own drum or use one of ours. Led by Juli Realy.

Understanding and Appreciating

VISION


Understanding and Appreciating

Culture, Arts & Music envisions a world where all people understand and appreciate each other’s unique heritages. Every country has its own lively personality reflected in its people, steeped in rich history and tradition:

The vibrant reverberation of a steelpan from Trinidad.
The lightning-quick beat in the steps of the Brazilian Samba dance.
The hearty and distinctly spicy taste of wat — an Ethopian stew.

Cultural-Awareness Activities

VISION


Cultural-Awareness Activities

Experiencing the cultures of different countries usually requires a passport, but not everyone has the means or ability to travel. By coordinating a range of cultural-awareness activities including musical performances and festivals, Culture, Arts & Music immerses the local community in the souls of other countries.

Deep Understanding of Diversity

VISION


Deep Understanding of Diversity

Culture, Arts & Music was founded with a deep understanding that diversity makes the world the beautiful tapestry that it is. Learning about other cultures is not only enriching, but it is also vital in an increasingly global society where people of all nations must work together to solve pressing challenges. Unfortunately, it’s something that schools alone cannot achieve; it requires more learning opportunities integrated into everyday life. The Culture, Arts & Music philosophy is to blend education with entertainment, providing people of all ages with fun opportunities to soak up the unique styles, flavors, and heritages of the world.

Global Community

VISION


Global Community

We bring people together around the activities that make us most appreciate being human — Culture, Arts & Music — to create a more connected global community.

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BOARD

Culture, Arts & Music was founded by Matt Potts, Christina Guerrero, and Anthony Jay Houston. The trio has been working together for several years and is thrilled for the new educational opportunities CAM provides to spread culture to the greater Chicagoland area. The team holds a total of six degrees, speaks both English and Spanish, and has an abundance of music education experience. The trio also brings a wealth of knowledge to CAM stemming from their time together as the music directors, managers and arrangers for the Potts & Pans Steelband. As percussionists, Potts and Houston both work closely with area schools as drum line and percussion instructors and are often sought as adjudicators for music competitions.

MATT POTTS Business

African Percussion
Steelpan


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    Christina Guerrero Linguistics

    MM. Steelpan Performance
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      Anthony Jay Houston Certified Educator

      MM. Percussion Performance
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        ROBERT SMITH Senior Designer

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          CONTACT US

          Culture, Arts & Music is located at
          1039 Wanda Lane
          Woodstock, IL 60098
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          Matt Potts

          mpotts@cultureartsmusic.com   •   815-245-3624

          Christina Guerrero

          cguerrero@cultureartsmusic.com   •   630-917-8120

          Anthony Jay Houston

          ahouston@cultureartsmusic.com   •   815-685-5989

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