Just Add Water is an exhibition featuring a series of installation-based artworks made by artists, ages 5-13. These works investigate and illustrate both historical and contemporary conditions around water access and its relationship to systemic inequality.
Water is a commodity, a community gathering space, and a basic human right. Water is necessary for survival. It is simultaneously a symptom and a structural component of social equity divisions.
Students examined this vital resource as a means to discuss environmental concerns, such as water usage, as well as social issues, such as swimming pool segregation and the Flint water crisis.
What are the implications of nearly 800 million people worldwide having no access to clean water? How does a study of water access highlight social justice issues? Where and how do environmental concerns intersect with social justice issues?
The work in Just Add Water is intended to pose these questions in an open-ended way, encouraging both the artists and viewers to think critically about the complex ways in which resource access and allocation are entangled within larger systems of power, and what it might take to make positive changes to those systems.
Join the Children’s Museum of Art and Social Justice as we parnter with the Chicago Sinfonietta to engage concert attendees in an architectural project to design and create your own paper house.
The museum’s most recent exhibition, “Listening Through the Walls” explores the topic of architecture in the city of Chicago- from vacant lot ownership and gentrification to red lining and the shifting neighborhood maps. We are also making our own artist and activist buttons. Design your own button to wear.
With words penned in 1960 by Langston Hughes that still resonate as if written by a lyricist today, with music by Laura Karpman, amplified by a cast including orchestra, opera, jazz vocals, spoken word, and archival audio samples, Ask Your Mama is the single epic, multi-media jazz/symphonic composition that will mark our 30th anniversary MLK Tribute concert. Don’t miss your chance to hear this Grammy® award-winning masterpiece (played live only 3 times in its history) in its full glory!
12.18.17 | 6pm to 8pm
We will be providing parent workshops to help us as the adult recognize the signs of abuse. The children’s workshop will be kindergarten to 8th grade friendly.
Coffee and pan dulce will be provided by La Catrina Cafe.
Thank you the staff at RVA (https://www.rapevictimadvocates.org/) for helping us bring this event to our neighborhood
Below are the topics we will be covering in the workshops:
Youth Workshop Topics
Spanish Parent/Adult Workshop Topics
Temas del Taller para Jóvenes
Temas del Taller en Español para Padres/Adultos
Chicago is one of the most influential architectural hubs in the country. However, even the briefest examination will reveal the striking differences between the gilded skyscrapers of downtown and other bustling historic neighborhoods. This exhibition seeks to highlight a view from those not often featured.
Listening Through the Walls is an examination of neighborhood from children aged 5-13 about how the housing and urban developments around Chicago shape their lives. Architecture is never neutral. The structures we live in were created by architects with perspectives, inspiration, and often blind spots that can lead to larger human rights issues.
Every structure holds the history of every family that lived there before you. Walls are added and redacted with shifts in family needs and landlord motives, creating a living history that is not always visible.
This show is designed to highlight questions that we asked the students about architecture in their neighborhoods. This is their show, about their perspectives on their homes and communities. As we display their work we invite you to discuss these same questions and help us build a dialogue on how architecture can shape and mold a community.
Indigo is an iconic American color; from the blue in American flags, blue jeans and boy scout uniforms, to the U.S passport cover. How did this color become synonymous with the United States?
During the 2017 spring the Children’s Museum of Art and Social Justice worked with 5th and 7th graders from the south and west sides of Chicago to examine early indigo practices and learn from visiting contemporary artists who use indigo in their own work. Students explored current dye practices and the environmental effects of clothing manufacturing and dove into the actual indigo dye process and several fiber art techniques such as shibori and weaving.
Indigo, also known as Indigofera Tinctoria, was a staple crop in the American South. By the 1770’s indigo plants comprised one third of South Carolina’s exports. The plant’s leaves contain a chemical used to produce a rich blue, fade-resistant dye, but it was cultivated and fermented under horrendous working conditions. The process of dyeing with indigo is as complex as it is perilous and the slave owners in South Carolina had very limited understanding of it. The knowledge of the cultivation and recipes for using the plants came from the enslaved peoples from west Africa. The average enslaved person’s life expectancy while working on a plantation was only 7 years. Fermenting indigo plants were so odorous and repulsive, even the buzzards refused to eat them. At the start of the 19th century, indigo was replaced by cheaper synthetic dye. However, the iconic color is an American staple while the history of its origins has become forgotten.
This exhibition has young scholars exploring and questioning ideas of space, borders, and boundaries by learning about two contemporary artists Tintin Wulia and Mark Bradford. Both of these artists re-examine and critique our understandings of maps and border politics.
Tintin Wulia is a contemporary Indonesian artist living in Australia whose work centers around ideas of borders and our national vs. individual identities. Mark Bradford is a Los Angeles based mixed media artist most known for his large scale mixed media collages using salvaged materials to create map like abstractions.
Both artists have available assignments that were then created and interpreted by students of KIPP Chicago schools. These projects allowed the students to begin to question and examine maps and borders on a macro and micro scale.
This installation is the collaborative project of the visual arts fifth graders from KIPP Ascend Primary. Months ago, as these students began to discuss ‘peace’, they were inclined to talk about the violence that occurs in the Chicago they reside in; the Chicago that many people are unfamiliar with. Their discussion underscores the story we know to be true- there are two Chicagos. This violence often directly affects our students, and if it doesn’t, its consequences are still felt by them. There is a fear of walking down their own street. A fear of playing in their front yard. A fear of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
These pin wheels represent the 1,280 shootings that occurred in Chicago from January 1 through May 15, 2016. Made from paper, they allude to the fragility and vulnerability of so many people who are affected by the violence in this city.
The 212 ceramic tiles mark the lives lost to violence during this same time period. Students chose to use clay to emphasize the permanence of these lost lives and each tile is marked with texture, a name, or a message to someone whose life was taken too soon. Please DO touch these tiles as you reflect on the significance of each one.
It took 21 people (19 students, one teacher, and one Americorps volunteer) 16 hours to fold the pinwheels and create the tiles. They were often overwhelmed by the monotonous repetition of the task, but there was meaning to be found in the creative process. During the making process, the numbers, 1,280 and 212, emerged as a more tangible representation and subsequently, the visualization of these numbers as art forms help us to comprehend the significance of them.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” -MLK JR.
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