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Teaching Artists Summit 2017

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Apply to participate by Friday, March 31, 2017!

Taking place on the 100th day of the Trump administration, the second annual citywide Teaching Artists Summit will provide a space for reflection and instruction on ways that arts pedagogy can create meaningful platforms for democracy, protest, and self-care.

Guest facilitators will share insights into empowering students during moments of societal change, lead a guided exploration of the Art Center’s exhibition Public School, and introduce teaching artists to experiential processes that can be incorporated into their own classroom practices.

Organized by Chicago Artists Coalition and Hyde Park Art Center, the Summit will be open to teaching artists working across disciplines, contexts, and student populations from throughout the city.

  • 9:30 – 10:00 am | Arrival, Check-In, Coffee, Artmaking
  • 10:00 – 10:20 am | Welcome + Introductions
  • 10:20 – 10:45 am | Morning Keynote Address with Rachel L.S. Harper (Founder of Seen + Heard and Public School co-curator)
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm | Exploration + discussion of Public School with exhibiting artists 
    • Jacinda Bullie and Jaquanda Villegas: Kuumba Lynx
    • Jim Duignan and David Ladon: Stockyard Institute
    • Irina Zadov: Chicago Home Theater Festival
  • 12:00 – 1:00 pm | Leisurely Lunch
  • 1:00 – 2:00 pm | Resistance Pedagogy Workshops focusing on protest and self-care.
    • Protest Banner Making with Aram Han Sifuentes 
    • Protest Music with Drea Smith
    • Journaling with Rhonda Wheatley
    • Additional facilitators will be announced shortly
  • 2:00 - 2:30 pm | Workshop Share Out + Reflections
  • 2:30 - 3:00 pm | Afternoon Keynote Talk with Lauren Ash (Black Girl in Om)
  • 3:00 – 4:00 pm | Happy Hour (optional)

Hyde Park Art Center | 5020 S. Cornell Avenue Chicago, IL

Registration + Application

Registration is by application only. We implement an application process to ensure that participants reflect the diversity of teaching artists and practices in Chicago. 

Deadline to apply: Friday, March 31
Notifications sent: Monday, April 10
Confirmation of attendance required by Monday, April 17

Apply here!


Tuition for the 2017 Teaching Artists Summit is based on a pay-what-you-can model. A suggested tuition donation of $20 may be made online or at the door the day of the Summit and goes directly to cover costs associated with the program.​ Any contribution in excess of the suggested donation helps cover the costs of fellow teaching artists for whom tuition would be cost-prohibitive. Information about making a tuition donation will be sent to all accepted applicants.

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