Recognizing the critical role the arts play in our schools, Illinois Arts Education Week kicked off Monday and will culminate with the opening of the CPS All-City High School Exhibition on March 20.
Held at Expo 72 (72 E. Randolph), this exhibit will feature student works in painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics and glass.
“The arts are a worthwhile investment in the education of the whole child,” said Evan Plummer, Director of Arts Education for CPS. “Whether through seeing, hearing, or using their hands to create, the arts diversifies how students learn and helps them develop critical thinking skills.”
This exhibit, which closes April 12, will be followed almost immediately by another showcase, this one featuring student photography, film and animation, digital media, sculpture, fashion and more.
“The artwork on display comes from a wide range of students in a variety of learning environments, including home and hospital care,” said Plummer. “It’s a great honor to showcase all of their talent.”
Another exhibition - one featuring students in the Alt-City Visual Arts program - will take place on Thursday, April 30 from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Gallery 37 (66 E. Randolph). Alt-City focuses on “outsider art”, and includes graffiti art, performance art and video documentaries about urban culture.
“These shows honor the fact that students can use a variety of artistic and media-based tools to create art that speaks to who they are and what they’ve experienced,” said Plummer.
All upcoming exhibits are free of charge and open to the public. For more information, visit cpsarts.org