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? What can we do to 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-May, 2016 with an installation of 1,280 origami pinwheels and 212 ceramic tiles. The pinwheels represent the number of people who were victims of gun violence during this time 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 ribbon and weave it 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 offer 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 9AM to 4PM
Saturday – Sunday by appointment only
Every 2nd Friday of the month from 6-10PM


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, 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 welcome! Email to schedule a tour.

Enrollment Interest Forms are now available for the 2021-2022 school year! Sign up below for your spot on the list for seats for next school year!