These are schools and libraries which were described as having especially vibrant arts and culture programming.
Chicago Public Library located within Sherman Park. Programming for all age groups including crafts, storytime, book discussions. Inter generational community parties - especially for the holidays. Summer parties at the park. Movie nights. Workshops on painting, vision boards, also open to community members to lead workshops at the library.VISIT
Community space offering a variety of activities and events, hosts art workshops and events.
Choir Program: The Choral program at BOYCP began in 2015 under the direction of Mr. Terry Morrow.The Choirs engage in 2 yearly concerts, in addition to numerous performing events within the building and out in the Back of the Yards community. Each December, a Winter Concert takes place, and each Spring, the annual "Taste of Broadway," which is comprised of Choir students and non-choir members of the student body who audition for roles. || Fine Arts Program: "I am the Director of Bands at BOYCP and am in charge of leading all of the instrumental ensembles such as the Beginning Band, Intermediate band, and Advanced Band. Although these are curricular classes the advanced band has performed for other schools, competitions, 5k's etc. I also teach extra curricular ensembles: Drumline, Jazz Ensemble. Although they are still in the beginning stages, we are looking forward to perform as soon as we can. Our school also has a partnership with NEIU where they bring in a a Mariachi teacher who is helping establish a Traditional Mexican Music Ensemble at our school. We just started in the winter of 2019 so we are still getting our feet wet in the music but we are a good group!"VISIT
West Englewood Library hosts a Monthly Teen Poetry Nite, along with a wide array of events and programming for the community.VISIT
Johnson College Prep is a school based in Englewood. Johnson offers general and advanced placement art course for our students. As well as numerous student clubs and enrichment opportunities for students to explore culture, self-expression, and different art forms.VISIT
"Everything we do is in service of the neighborhood and we are proud of that. The majority of students that come into Kelly do not have a background in music or the arts or have ever acted on a stage. Our choir program (beginner-advanced) perform out at churches in the area different competitions and concerts in our auditorium open to the community. The orchestra department is newer so we have concerts in the school and hoping to expand . The theater program is not just school based but also ASM based. We mostly attract students from Kelly but students from other schools are open to join (runs fall, spring, and summer). In summer we invite local elementary school students to participate under the leadership of the high school students that are part of that department. In the school year we not only do musical performances, but we also do a lot of smaller productions of just acting or singing- a lot of individual based competitions and performances across the city. The band has been around since the early 1900s, very long tradition of having band specifically and we live up to that. I think we are one of the top three schools in band including Lane Techs and Whitney Youngs. Our most known group is marching band doing 20-30 events a year (State St. parade, Mexican independence parade down archer, Memorial day festival) They travel every other year (done NeW Orleans parades, others in DC, in Orlando Florida at universal studios). All made up of students from the neighborhood who learned in our program and advanced to such high standards and traveling for their art. Also do college visits and perform in the field during halftimes. Musical Pit Band- Jazz group & New orleans brass band -- exists more outside the schools."VISIT
Enrico Tonti Elementary School was built in 1928 in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood on the southwest side of Chicago. About a decade ago, we added a twelve-room annex and last year we added a 4 room modular building for our full-day Kindergarten classes.
At Tonti, we have 40 classroom teachers, 5 special needs teachers, 15 bilingual Spanish speaking classroom teachers, and 13 classroom aides. As a community school, we offer Parent Training Classes in computers, literacy, nutrition, wellness, parenting, and GED classes as well as various other after school programs. Tonti's PTA, LSC, BAC, and PAC work together to fundraise to provide students with field trips and other incentives throughout the year.
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