Outreach Programs

The Hyde Park Art Center reaches over 4,000 young people annually with visual art workshops and classes in Chicago Public Schools, parks, and community centers on Chicago’s south side. These thriving programs train teachers; reinforce curricula within schools; and engage Chicago’s youth in learning positive life skills, job skills, creative problem-solving, and high quality visual art techniques.

Pathways Program

The Art Center has developed an outreach model that focuses on a core group of schools. The model’s objectives are:

  • Develop visual art skills and appreciation in students in South Side CPS schools, creating more engaged students
  • Provide access to the Center’s on-site Oakman Clinton School and Studios for inclined students in these programs

Pathways includes the initiation of a K-12 learning pathway for students in core partner schools that allows students to build on their skills and self-select for augmented opportunities as they develop.

Our belief is that students who move through the pathway will develop high-level art-making skills, become more engaged learners, and develop their own identities as creative individuals. To foster this growth, the Art Center establishes yearlong visual arts residencies in elementary and middle schools, providing art teachers to schools that lack them. At the same time, the Art Center itself acts as a destination for high school students interested in the visual arts, supporting them as they continue to develop their artistic skills and practice with professional artists through our Youth Art Board program.

Support for Pathways is provided by: Harper Court Arts Foundation, Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, Polk Bros. Foundation, Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust, and from community members like you.

Customized Outreach—Community and School Partnerships

The Hyde Park Art Center collaborates with over 25 community organizations and schools each year, giving people of all ages access to high quality art training and interaction with professional artists. These customized workshops, courses, and longer-term residencies all provide hands-on activities and skill-building arts experiences. At many of our collaborating schools, the Art Center partners with teachers to create integrated arts curricula. At other schools and community sites, the Art Center serves to bring in diverse media-based lessons for a fine arts curriculum.

Each of the Hyde Park Art Center’s community outreach programs is tailored to fit the needs of particular partners. The Art Center’s education staff works directly with educators, parents, program coordinators, artists, principals, and other community members to develop custom programs in a variety of visual art media.

Visual arts programs can be created for students ages three to adult and for groups of five to 30 students. We invite both elementary and secondary schools, as well as community groups across the city to join us in partnership to transform learning and teaching through the arts.

For more information about the Art Center’s outreach programs and field trips, email Outreach Programs Manager Gregory Smith at gsmith@hydeparkart.org.

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