Our Artists in Local Schools

What a treat to see some of our favorite artists — Cecil McDonald Jr., Andy White, and  Kwabena Foli — teaching local students to create artworks that promote self-care and community awareness. You’ll have an opportunity to see the work at our art show on June 1st (and eventually on the fences outside of Manierre Elementary School!).

Manierre Elementary School – Tableau Workshop

Franklin Fine Arts – Poetry Workshop

Manierre Elementary School – Poetry Workshop


 Kwabena Foli

Kwabena Foli is a multidisciplinary xennial blk artist in visual poetics & performance. He works through digital and public landscapes to address trauma, health, pop culture and social life. Kwabena has been partnering with us on poetry workshops in local schools — teaching students the joy of saying expressing yourself through metaphor. The poems will which will be exhibited ith the 8th grade class to be displayed outside the school.

Cecil McDonald Jr

Artist and educator Cecil McDonald Jr will be back this spring to lead another art project with students from local schools. Check out this article featured in the Chicago Tribune about his recent art exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center.


Lookingglass Partnership

We’re thrilled to announce that Lookingglass Theatre’s Department of Curiosity — led by founding ensemble member Andy White — will be collaborating on our spring art project. They’re also offering workshops on the theme of community and making it possible for more neighbors to attend Lookingglass plays!