Smart Art and Peace





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Project Description

Country: USA

Location: Chicago, IL

Total Budget: $12,000

Areas of Focus: Peacebuilding and conflict prevention, Basic education and literacy

Activity Type: Education: General

Summary: Educating Chicago inner city children about art as a way to increase peace, through visits to the Smart Art Museum and classroom instuctionon on art by an artist.

There is increased need for decreasing violence with Chicago's youth. This project will teach inner city elementary students an alternative way to deal with anger through art. The project will be for the 2023-2024 school year. Project funds will be used for paying the artists that are instructing the students, busses to the Smart Art museum from the schools, art supplies for the classroom, and a meal for the students at the end of their final visit to the Smart Art Museum. The students will visit the Smart Ar Museum and be instructed by docents at the beginning. They will then have six weeks of art instruction at their school by an Artist, including instruction on art and peace. After the classroom instruction is complete, they will return to the Smart Art Museum. They will have a chance to display their art at the museum. They will also have a lunch provided. Rotary club members will be present to help on their visits to the museum and when classroom instruction is being provieded. Our goal is to have six classrooms participate in 2023-2024 school year.

We have been having difficulty returning to the classrooms due to the pandemic. Therefore, we want to adapt the curricula to be able to present information virtually. This would allow us to expand to other cities and counties that have Rotary Clubs with whom we can partner. This is our ultimate goal.

Our projected cost for artists, classroom supplies, busses and meal is $2000 per class times six classes is $12,000.

Club member involvement is:

Four members for six one hour visit to the class to provide assistance during instruction 24 hours

Four members for two two hour visits to assist at The Smart Art Museum 16 hours

Project Contact Person

District: 6450

Rotary Club of: Chicago Financial District

Primary Contact: Debora Willage

Email: deborawillage@gmail.com

Project Status

This project is "Paid". This means that the funds from the district have been issued. This project is now being ready for implementation. When this is done, a report needs to be uploaded on the project page and the "Reported" button needs to be clicked, then the status of the project will be changed to "Reported".

Project listed for the 2023-24 Rotary Year.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project





Chicago Financial District (6450)









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History Log Entries


System Entry

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Karen Swinger

System Entry: Project sent for club signatures.


by Debora Willage

System Entry: Project signed by Debora Willage.


by Marshall Schmitt

System Entry: Project approved by the District Approval Committee.


by Linda Yates

System Entry: Check for DDF payment issued by Foundation Treasurer.

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