Mission and Vision

The mission of the museum is to act as a voice for individuals whose perspectives are often omitted from the mainstream dialogue. We seek to showcase their artistic explorations of social injustices and to inspire action toward political and social change.

With the incessant exposure to violence in media and in daily life, we are committed to pursuing more resources for arts programming and arts education in order to address the trauma that many in our city and country face. We are dedicated to the healing process that art inherently provides to support our community’s overall health and well-being.

We know that when students participate in the arts, they learn critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills. When students have access to art education, they are engaging in meaningful examinations of artwork and methods of art making in order to participate in critical, meaningful, and joyful learning. They are able to tell their story through art and appreciate the stories of others, encouraging empathy, peace, love, compassion and unity. Our museum seeks to be a place to exhibit and celebrate this learning.

Museum Overview

When KIPP Chicago’s regional support team moved into our current building in the Pilsen neighborhood, we envisioned it serving two purposes: providing office space for our team and housing the Children’s Museum of Art and Social Justice. The mission of the museum is to offer a space for the voices of KIPP Chicago students to be heard and to infuse a social justice curriculum into the arts at our seven schools. Our students range in age from 5-14 and the museum offers a space to showcase and celebrate their artistic explorations of social justice themes, inspiring action toward social change.

Our seven art exhibits are the result of students engaging in topics such as: the effects of gun violence, geopolitics and physical borders, the forgotten history of the origins of indigo dye, architecture and urban planning, water access and rights, the aesthetic theories and philosophies of Afrofuturism, and activism. With each new exhibit, curriculum is designed to bring age appropriate lessons to various art classes in our schools. Students are often a part of curating the museum space, offering tours to visitors, and leading activity stations during opening nights.

Dedicated to the loving memory of James Foley, Rodolfo “Rudy” Avina, and to those who are voiceless to the social injustices of the world. The Children’s Museum of Art and Social Justice (CMASJ) was established to act as a voice for the disenfranchised and to be a resource for arts programming and education. With the economic climate for increased budget cuts to the arts CMASJ goal is to relieve the impact that budget cuts will have on youth in KIPP Chicago and CPS schools by raising awareness and ensuring financial sustainability in order to provide arts programming and education to its youth. Through the operations of the Children’s Museum of Art and Social Justice the opportunity to raise funds for art supplies and programming , while also putting emphasis on and addressing various social issues and social movements.

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