There is a great need for this program in the city of Chicago.  A student enrolled in ChiMOP not only achieves artistic excellence, but also develops skills proven to improve academic performance.  Students are exposed to opportunities and experiences that greatly increase the probability of social, academic, and professional success.  The challenges of Chicago’s urban communities, such as poverty, crime and gangs, play less of a role in determining a student’s outcome as the student instead becomes an instigator of positive social change within his or her own community.