Past Events

The Consent Class

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

– Consent

– Identify private body parts

– Establishing personal boundaries

– Safe and unsafe touch

Spanish Parent/Adult Workshop Topics

Adultism

– Cultural factors that impact survivors from disclosing and/or seeking help

– Prevention (Informing what we are teaching the kiddos and how if applied in their homes, it can help prevent CSA)
– Intervention – Signs and Symptoms of child sexual abuse

In Spanish:

Temas del Taller para Jóvenes

– Consentimiento

– Identificar partes privadas del cuerpo

– Establecer límites personales

– Toque seguro y inseguro

Temas del Taller en Español para Padres/Adultos

– Adultismo

– Factores culturales que impactan sobrevivientes de no divulgar o recibir ayuda

– Prevención (Informar que estamos ensenándoles a los jóvenes y si fuesen aplicados en sus casas, puede ayudar a prevenir el abuso sexual de menores)

– Intervención – Señales y síntomas de abuso sexual de menores

Current Exhibition 

Listening Through The Wall

10.13.17

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.

Past Exhibitions 

indiGO: a benefit exhibiton

07.14.17

This Summer the Children’s Museum of art and social Justice is turning blue. Join us for our benefit exhibition to support arts programming at KIPP Chicago and the Children’s Museum of Art and Social Justice. Indigo-a dye that throughout the ages has been a source of desire, a show of wealth,yet accompanied by a brutal history is now looking forward. We will be featuring contemporary Chicago textile artists as they explore both past and current social justice issues surrounding the dye in innovative collaborations with the students in Chicago.

Make Your Own Passport: Borders, Boundaries, and Collaboration

01.13.17

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.

Expressions of Peace

06.10.16

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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