January 31, 2018 //

After School Hip Hop at Lee Elementary

3rd through 6th grade students at Lee Elementary showed off their new dance moves during a performance for peers and parents on January 17, 2018, the culminating event for an after school hip hop & dance residency with Urban Gateways teaching artist Yolanda Pittman-Maloney. Thanks to photographer Lucas Anti for the fantastic photos! See more …

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Zapata’s Young Photographers

Media teaching artist Oli Rodriguez spent his spring (2017) at Zapata Elementary helping students explore identity, community, and their Back of the Yards neighborhood through photography. Oli’s 1st, 2nd, and 7th grade classes focused on portraits and landscapes. Seventh graders, pictured here doing portrait work on May 10, discussed┬ácommunity engagement and activism and how empowerment …

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Southside Occupational: Mindfulness & Art

At Southside Occupational, teaching artist Jesse Avina’s partnership with classroom art teacher Ms. Radomski allowed high school students with special needs to encounter the mindfulness that accompanies art-making. Over the course of several years, Jesse and his students planned and built a mosaic mural in the school’s main hallway that communicates a message of welcome …

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July 13, 2016 //

Science Meets Design at Haines Elementary

Students at Haines Elementary not only learned about important scientific issues, but also channeled their knowledge to create wearable art in this 2016 residency program with teaching artist Nicole Beck.

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July 11, 2016 //

Holding Chicago High with Mosaics

Students at Southside Occupational learned about abstract artists and experimented with abstract techniques in various projects, including an 8 x 20 foot mosaic mural.

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July 8, 2016 //

Abstract Art at the Islamic Community Center

K-6th grade students enjoyed the first-ever visual arts program at the Islamic Community Center of Illinois Elementary School, completing abstract art projects and learning about math along the way with teaching artist James Jankowiak.

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African Dance Students Wow Gala Guests

This dance program has transported 3rd through 5th graders at South Shore Fine Arts Academy around the world for the past three years, teaching them about cultures, creativity, and discipline while getting them on their feet. Students even performed at our 2016 Gala!

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February 23, 2016 //

Media Art Meets History, One Photo at a Time

The history of the Great Migration, the Great Depression, and the Harlem Renaissance came to life for students at Lake View High School, who used real vintage family photos to learn about the time period and to put together a digital scrapbook.

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The Heroes of Piccolo Elementary

A theater / literary arts residency at this Humboldt Park school allowed students to create their own story, develop the courage to perform for an audience, and discover what they have in common with their favorite super heroes.

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February 8, 2016 //

Four Layer Players Rock the House of Blues

Students from EPIC Academy learned about collaboration, rhythm, and persistence in their after-school drumline program – and showed off their incredible talents at the House of Blues.

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