Year of Creative Youth Exhibitions

August 25, 2018—January 6, 2019

Chicago Cultural Center • Michigan Avenue Galleries, 1st Floor South

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Year of Creative Youth Exhibitions(click on image to enlarge)


As part of the Year of Creative Youth, the Chicago Cultural Center worked in collaboration with four local community organizations to feature the work of young artists.


Peacemakers and Community Connections Project
in collaboration with Changing Worlds

During the 2017-2018 academic year, Changing Worlds collaborated with Chicago Public Schools educators and 11- to 13-year-old students from Pilsen, Back of the Yards and the Near West Side. During this project, 250 youth created visual and poetic imagery examining their local challenges and celebrating community leaders working for positive change in their communities. After exploring these networks of support for peace and non-violence, youth had ample inspiration for their poems, original drawings and posters and handcrafted lightboxes that signify peace, hope and community. Changing Worlds invites you to experience how youth are responding to Chicago violence and offering their own understanding of the culture of care and concern that exists for their communities.


Fern Room Goes East
in collaboration with Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance

The Garfield Park Conservatory's iconic Fern Room is recreated at the Cultural Center, bringing a multi-sensory experience of the beauty, history and nature to downtown. Through a series of art and science- based activities, thousands of "ferns" were created by visitors to the Conservatory's free, weekly drop-in family programming throughout the summer. The Conservatory's Urban Roots teen interns provide interpretation of the exhibit, detailing each featured fern species and the room's history.


PR Colonial Identity, Inc.
in collaboration with Studio Arts & Exhibition Program (SAEP), Puerto Rican Arts Alliance

SAEP's teens made a selection of historical portraits marking important moments in Puerto Rican art history. The exhibit is an experimental painting installation taking visitors through the chronological colonial turmoil that shaped the face and identity of Puerto Ricans past and present. The Studio Arts & Exhibition Program (SAEP) enrolls 105 teens in after-school and summer Studio Arts programs in residency at two locations, Humboldt Park Field House and the Roberto Clemente Community Academy.


Odes and Tattoos
in collaboration with Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education

How are voices and stories from overlooked, liminal social spaces elevated? How are marginalized cultural perspectives depicted to convey new ideas of self and community that are often sidelined by a larger historical narrative? Students from North-Grand High School attempt to tackle these questions through the creation of multidisciplinary artworks that examine how history and culture are manifested through art and and how they themselves can find agency by re-presenting the social and cultural. Teaching Artists Marc Fischer and Jose Luis Benavides have collaborated with teachers Karen Furlong and Lisa Welsh to create this exhibition.


Gallery Talks

Greg Lunceford on Cultural Center Exhibitions

Starts in Chicago Rooms, 2nd Floor North at 12:15pm

Thursday, September 20

Michigan Avenue Galleries, 1st Floor South


PR Colonial Identity, Inc. with the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance

Thursday, November 15, 5:30pm

Michigan Avenue Galleries, 1st Floor South


Odes and Tattoos
in collaboration with Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education

Thursday, October 4 & December 13, 5:30-6:30pm

Michigan Avenue Galleries, 1st Floor South

Students and teaching artists will talk about their process creating the multimedia exhibition Odes and Tattoos investigating two art forms that commemorate the personal.


Peacemakers and Community Connections Project with Changing Worlds

Thursday, October 18 & January 2 & 3, 5:30-6:30pm

Michigan Avenue Galleries, 1st Floor South

Peacemakers and the Community Connection exhibits a body of writing and artwork by middle school students that speaks to their deepest concerns for their Chicago community, their families and themselves presently and in the future. This talk is by the staff, teaching artists and writers who facilitated the project.


Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance

Thursday, November 1 & 29, 5:30-6:30pm

Michigan Avenue Galleries, 1st Floor South

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