Two teachers, 13 desks, one chalkboard, and an occasionally confused crew of passers-by: Those were the ingredients for Urban Gateways’ June 2015 Traveling Classroom Chicago initiative, brought to our fair city by Traveling Classroom creators Ariela Robinson and Rena Grosser. Setting up their classroom on the riverwalk outside Union Station, below the Navy Pier Ferris Wheel, at the Lincoln Square Farmers Market, and in other public places, Ariela and Rena engaged the public in discussion, drawing, and writing activities. Through educational nostalgia and artistic expression, the Traveling Classroom encouraged participants to see Chicago in a different light: As one enormous and diverse classroom.
The Traveling Classroom Chicago was made possible by the Julie Reynolds Shaw Memorial Artist Commission. This interactive experience culminated in a photo exhibition at the Cliff Dwellers Club on June 15.