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