STAYING ALIVE is a presentation dedicated to offering a list of local resources that support a holistic approach to becoming and remaining an active artist, educator, and researcher all in one in Chicago. Being a graduate student in the Art Education Department at SAIC, honoring each of these roles is important when becoming a critical member in the art education field. We need to remember the artist in all of us and let that permeate through our desire to be teachers and researchers too. I hope these resources are helpful.
AREA Chicago Art/Research/Education/Activism is a publication and event series dedicated to researching, supporting and networking local social, political and cultural movements. organization made up of an eclectic group of educators, artists, researchers, and more in effort to critically explore our social, political and cultural environments. They have some great events coming up that involves camping and another opportunity to explore and learn about the South Side of Chicago.
The Stockyard Institute is an organization that defines itself as an artist project or a “contemporary arts based teaching” group that strives to experiment with different forms of pedagogy in Chicago. They often develop temporary projects and sustainable programs in all types of art with our youth in mind. Education to the Stockyard Institute is an intellectual, spirited avenue that is important for the young people we all work alongside. This organization also sponsors a radio station that is a wonderful resource. While driving in your car, you can often catch honest and real discussions about everyday issues involving things like same-sex marriage and racism. They even get out on the streets and interview youth on these topics. Check it out at 89.5 FM.
Chicago Arts partnerships in Education (CAPE) is a great resource for any educator. This organization is the leader in the field of school improvement through the arts. CAPE partnerships with schools around Chicago acts as a living laboratory for a community f artists and teachers dedicated to integrating the arts into curriculum, creating an interdisciplinary experience for students. This group views the arts a way to offer new ways for achievement in our classrooms.
Building Community Through the Arts (BAC) is another organization dedicated to providing schools, teachers and their students opportunities to incorporate the arts into their curriculum. If you are working as an artist, you can get involved with this program and enter the classroom to help develop art projects with students. If you are an educator and want to integrate the arts into your classroom, this organization will partner you up with some local artists. This is a great resource to help make connections between the schools, students, and members of the local community.
The picture to the left is a great example of what can come of artists collaborating with students. This poster was created by students at El Cuarto Ano High School in Humboldt Park who worked with artists Josue Pellot and Anida Esguerra. They focused on propaganda, graphic design, and issues that their own communities face. They actually posted these posters around their neighborhoods, leaving a profound message for any passerby.
The last resource that was part of this short presentation is the Lill Learning Center. This center offers numerous oppurtunties like residencies for artsits, workshops and classes for all ages, exhibition spaces, and a place to be creative and make art. An artist at heart, this place will help foster the creative spirit.