Daris Jasper

Museum Director

“If we believe what Nelson Mandela said about hate, that hate is taught and learned, then we must do everything in our power to make sure that it is unlearned and replaced by love, equality, and justice. Ensuring that our children have the resources and tools to think critically and express themselves through art is my personal mission for the Children’s Museum of Art and Social Justice.”

Hannah Jasper

Senior Curator

“When we look forward and imagine the future of the Children’s Museum of Art and Social Justice we should evaluate our successes not on the power of our institutional voice but on our power to amplify the voices of the students and community we’re dedicated to serving. “

Joslyn Villalpando

Director of Programming and Education

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” -MLK Jr.

“My heart and soul lie with the mission to provide a platform for our children’s thoughts, ideas, words, and creative expressions so our communities will feel their power!”

Brittany Jones

Equity Council Director

“I am educator committed to ensuring that our students have space and opportunity to be celebrated for their brilliance, divine magic and creativity”

Jilana Thomas

“If I know anything at all, it’s that a wall is just a wall and nothing more at all. It can be broken down.” -Assata Shakur

“I am committed to serving the Youth of our disregarded communities, to create space and culture in the Museum, which we believe should be reflected in the rest of the world. CMASJ challenges intentional barriers, equipping and nurturing our children to be expressive and conscious creators, thinkers and doers. They are the Future and the Now, and we hope to have prepared them for both.”

April Montgomery Goble

Executive Director, KIPP Chicago Schools

“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.”
– Malala Yousafzai


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