Expressions of Peace - KIPP Chicago Public Schools

Expressions of Peace

Spring 2016

Expressions of Peace is an exhibit that allows students the opportunity to explore ideas of peace as they relate to the trauma, violence, and oppression that is an unfortunate reality for many people in our city. What does peace look like in a neighborhood that sees regular gun violence? What does inner peace feel like after experiencing trauma? How can we address the incessant violence in our everyday visual culture, from the news to social media to video games?

Fourth-grade students at KIPP Ascend Primary worked to represent the violence our city experienced from January to May 2016 with an installation of 1,280 origami pinwheels and 212 ceramic tiles. The pinwheels represent the number of victims of gun violence during this period, and the 212 tiles indicate those whose lives were taken.

Students also created watercolor paintings, illustrating a metaphor for peace. A large wire loom on the wall invited people to write messages of hope and peace on a ribbon and weave them into the structure.

We hope this exhibit offers a tangible illustration of the humanity behind the numbers we so frequently hear about but often cannot digest. We hope to provide a space for reflection. We also seek to promote hope and conversation toward action and real change.

Come Visit Us

Admission is free for all ages. Donations are gladly accepted.


Monday – Friday | 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Saturday – Sunday | By appointment only
Every second Friday of the month
6:00 to 10:00 PM


2007 S. Halsted, Chicago, Illinois 60608

Located in the Pilsen Neighborhood on the southern border of the historic Chicago Arts District.

How to book a group tour

A one-hour tour includes a conversation around each art exhibit, a short video, and an activist button-making activity. We are a small, one-room museum inside the KIPP Chicago regional office, so we can only accommodate groups of 25 people or fewer. Students in grades K-12 are welcome! Email to schedule a tour.