Refine studio skills, build on the basics, and adventure into new mediums.

Youth explore the arts with stimulating, supportive, and cutting edge classes.

Explore the world through art, share your voice, and bring ideas to life.

Start a journey or explore a passion through our multimedia classes.

Advance your career with professional development, curating, and studio practice  courses.

Offer students a new look into the arts with on-site learning, workshops, field trips, and tours.

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Featured Faculty:
Tony Smith

Tony Smith is a photographer, documentary filmmaker and a jazz musician. His design studio is located in Pilsen, and multimedia art programs are taught in Bronzeville. Smith has been been teaching photography, audio engineering, and graphic design for the past 20 years to teens and seniors throughout the Chicagoland area. He has created two apprenticeships, Urban Vision Multimedia Arts and Oakwood Shores Multimedia Arts to teach high school teens photography, and how to run a multimedia arts business. Smith’s goal is to to help people understand entrepreneurship, the importance of using their camera to document people, places and things in their community. He has recently exhibited and worked with vibrant artists and activists Theaster Gates, Amanda Williams, Dawoud Bey, Robert Sengstacke, Faheem Majeed, Rebecca Zorach, Juarez Hawkins, Dorian Sylvain, Arlene Turner Crawford and Dr. Margaret Burroughs.

Tony currently teaches photography in Hyde Park Art Center’s free teen programs and community supported programs for adults. Learn more about Tony’s art practice at