Between its four campuses, UChicago Charter offers classes in dance, theater, musical theater, media arts and visual arts during the school day as well as numerous arts education opportunities beyond the classroom through the University of Chicago and community partners.
Our core arts teachers are experienced and practicing artists who live what they teach. They perform and direct professionally, publish and sell their work and lead their own arts organizations. In addition to fostering the school values of scholarship, leadership, excellence and grit, our arts education curriculum challenges students at all grade levels to develop strong technique, independent and collaborative creative processes, performance-readiness and professionalism, as well as pride in their culture and a personal connection to their work. A UChicago Charter arts education helps students discover their unique talents and passions and the power they have within themselves to change the world. We develop creative leaders.
To deepen and expand the opportunities our students have access to in and outside of the classroom, we leverage our connection to the University of Chicago—especially Arts + Public Life and the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts—and also partner with our community's artists and arts organizations, including the Hyde Park Art Center, Intonation Music, Professional Theater and Dance Youth Academy, After School Matters and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Murals at UChicago Charter School
Here are five points about the meaning of the murals to our UCCS students, families, staff and communities:
- Murals enable UCCS students, teachers and leaders to put their mark on CPS buildings — to give the UCCS identity to the buildings and make them ours. The murals are our signature, so to speak.
- The content of the murals represents what we value — e.g. reading and achievement at NKO; making history by graduating at UCW; students leading themselves, their school and their world at CGW; and family and community at Donoghue.
- The murals — many have been designed and painted by professional artists, students, teachers and/or volunteers working together — signify our collaboration with the art community, community organizations and corporate partners.
- The murals indicate that art is a way of thinking and contribution that we want all students to appreciate and develop. Many of the students did the paintings as part of a class or extended day programming.
- The outside murals at Donoghue are intended to help unite the community, introduce UCCS to the neighborhood and contribute to community transformation — the Quality of Life plan of QCDC and the CHA Housing Transformation plan. Donoghue's outdoor murals have never been defaced by graffiti, which is clear sign of respect for the artists, our campus, students and staff.
Other UChicago Charter Art Projects
Fall 2017-Spring 2018: At the new UCW Campus, students worked with local professional artist Dorian Sylvain and the Hyde Park Art Center on two projects displayed in the building foyer to welcome visitors and to celebrate the journey to and through college.
Summer 2018: UCW students teamed up with other school age residents from Woodlawn to participate in mosaic mural project with the Green Star Movement and After School Matters.
To learn more about arts programming at the UChicago Charter School, or to support the arts at UChicago Charter, contact Todd Barnett.