Lucy has been a Marwen student since the summer following her freshman year in 2012. On the verge of graduating this June, Lucy has received a National Gold Medal in the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition, which represents the top 1% of over 300,000 entries across the country in 28 categories. Looking to continue her pursuit of art, Lucy is considering accepting admission to either UIUC, Columbia College Chicago, or Kalamazoo
I was feeling first-day-of-school jittery. It had been about a month since my last workshop with Embarc. Embarc is a program that provides community-driven, experienced-based learning opportunities to low-income high school students to inspire and prepare them for college and career success. In fact, it had been a whole month since I’d led any workshop. I arrived at Spudnik Press plenty early to set up.Read More...
We all want to nurture our students when we see something unique in their creative work, but the way in which we do it can have long-term effects. Recent studies have found that praising a child as being “talented” or “smart” can actually harm their potential. Not what you expected?
Consider this: if someone thinks that you are smart or talented, and what you areRead More...
I first met Max 2 years ago in my Haiku Animation class. This was Max’s first class at Marwen, but not his first choice. He was quick to let me know he wanted to be in the comics class more, and after taking a glance around the room, he sat down and stuck his nose in a book.
I like to start each class withRead More...
Zoe Prekop has been a Marwen student since 2011 when she was in 8th grade. Now in her senior year of high school Zoe has just completed her third year participating in the Marwen Lab program. Marwen Lab is a capstone studio program designed for Marwen's highly motivated and dedicated young Chicago artists. Working closely with three teaching artists, Lab students work on independently driven projects
In 2014 Marwen partnered with ACRE (Artist’s Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions) to create a scholarship opportunity for a Marwen alumni accepted into their residency program. ACRE not only supports emerging artists with its residency in rural Wisconsin, but also provides all its residents with exhibition opportunities in Chicago during the year. We were delighted to have alumna and teaching artist, Victoria Martinez, be the firstRead More...
My name is Silvia Gonzalez and I am a teaching artist and photographer. I currently work at Village Leadership Academy Upper Campus and attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as a graduate student in the Masters in Art Education program.
I got interested in art at an early age because it was a language for me. When I was in grade school,Read More...
MARWEN’S CAPITAL CAMPAIGN
In April 2015, Marwen will begin renovating our space to create an Arts Campus to to serve 30% more students. These renovations will include:
2 new studios (for a total of 8)
A Technology Suite encompassing the entire 3rd Floor
A Lighting and Special Effects Studio
A Fashion Studio
A Student and Family Lounge
A Portfolio and Documentation Center
Increased exhibition and
96 Acres is a series of community-engaged, site-responsive art projects that address the impact of the Cook County Jail on Chicago’s West Side. We aim to generate alternative narratives reflecting on power, and to present creative projects that reflect the community’s vision of transformation.
96 Acres is a series of community-engaged, site-responsive art projects that involve community stakeholders’ ideas about social and restorative justice
This essay, written by Silvia Gonzalez (a Marwen alum, photographer, teaching artist, and activist), was originally published on Just Us Seeking Justice, a blog written by the teachers and administrators at Village Leadership Academy in Chicago. You can view the original post here.
On Tuesday, November 25th, teachers at Village Leadership Academy decided it would make sense to take some of our young leaders to Chicago’s City HallRead More...