Three years ago we turned the front half of our regional office into our Children’s Museum of Art and Social Justice. The mission of the museum is to offer a space for the voices of KIPP Chicago students to be heard and to infuse a social justice curriculum into the arts at our eight schools. Our museum offers a space to showcase and celebrate their artistic explorations of social justice themes, inspiring action toward social change.
We are committed to pursuing more resources for arts programming and arts education in order to address the trauma that many in our city and country face. We are dedicated to the healing process that art inherently provides to support our community’s overall health and well-being.
We know that when students participate in the arts, they learn critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills. When students have access to art education, they are engaging in thoughtful examinations of artwork and methods of art making in order to participate in critical, meaningful, and joyful learning. They are able to tell their story through art and appreciate the stories of others- encouraging empathy, peace, love, compassion, and unity. The CMASJ seeks to be a place to exhibit and celebrate this learning.
Join us every second Friday of the month from 6-10pm as we open our doors alongside many of Pilsen’s art galleries. Our current show, Find Purpose. Create Progress., showcases the work from our 5 summer art workshops hosted at the museum.