• Challenge: Instructional time
    for visual arts is decreasing
    in public schools
    Because visual arts are not included when
    measuring student achievement on
    standardized tests, 23% of public schools
    in Chicago have decreased instruction time
    for visual arts. While visual arts are the
    most prominent art form in schools, most
    suffer from inadequate work space,
    supplies and trained professionals.
    Schools serving low-income families are
    often the most likely to see cuts in their
    visual arts programs, and these students
    often lack exposure to arts from their
    own culture.
    response: educatiing and inspiring
    youth through visual arts
    ARTS & CULTURE  | VISUAL ARTS | marwen

Upcoming Deadlines

Fall 2014

Letter of Intent
Submission Deadline
Monday, June 2

Invitation Deadline
Wednesday, June 18

Submission Deadline
Wednesday July 9

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Arts & Culture  Visual Arts


Marwen provides diverse visual arts courses and college and career support for Chicago’s under-served students in grades 6-12. All programming is free and the typical course duration is 2.5 hours per week for eight weeks. Studio courses are offered in a wide range of media including painting, drawing, ceramics, mixed media, photography, video, fashion and design. College and career support offerings include college counseling, college visits, a portfolio program, paid employment programs, scholarships and mentoring. Students come to Marwen from nearly 200 schools across Chicago and from 55 of the 57 city’s zip codes. In addition to student programs, professional development is provided for Marwen’s teaching artists to better understand student learning and program impact.