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The program Chicago Artivism supports educators in integrating the arts into the teaching of history. This program introduces educators to the concept of Artivism as a way to explore local civic social movements through the ways they have utilized art to impact change. Chicago Artivism will partner with twelve CPS educators.  This free program offers educators a fully developed curriculum with accompanying lesson plans, two teacher professional development workshops, artist workshops with local Chicago artist, and access to all teaching materials including art supplies. At the end of the program educators, students, and parents will be able to attend a family day event at the museum where the students’ work will be features. During the summer, youth of this program will be invited to put their new found knowledge in Artivism to use and join the Chicago History Museum in partnering with a local community organization in order to support set organization through arts based civic engagement

Student Artwork
Student Artwork
Student Artwork
Student Artwork
Student Artwork

Program Components


Educators must participate in three educator workshops, eligible for Illinois State Board of Education CPDU credits, which will introduce them to program content and enhance their lessons plans.


Educators are given access to eighteen culturally relevant nonfiction, bilingual (English/Spanish) articles that focus on three historical units: Indigenous Populations of Checagou, Establishing Chicago, and Chicago Neighborhoods.


Museum educators conduct workshops at each school.

  • The first visit engages students in an analysis of artifacts from our teaching collection.
  • The next three visits are conducted with local Chicago artists to engage students in interpreting history through art. (The students create art that is displayed in a pop-up exhibit during Chicago Literacies Family Day.)


Museum educators conduct workshops at each school to provide parents with activities and information on how to support literacy at home.


A field trip to the Museum includes an activity that engages students by connecting the Museum’s collection to what they are learning in the classroom. (Educators are given transportation funds to attend the Museum with their students.)


Upon completion of the program, students and their families are invited for a special visit to the Museum that includes Spanish-speaking interpreters stationed throughout the Museum to engage with museum content, special performances from local Chicago musicians, and raffle prize giveaways.

Participation Expectations

In participating in the Chicago History Museum’s (CHM) Chicago Literacies program, you agree to the following:

  • Participate in all professional development opportunities provided
  • Integrate the curricular resources and activities into your instruction
  • Assist Museum educators in coordinating parent workshops, Museum and classroom visits
  • Bring students on a field trip to the Museum in coordination with curricular resources
  • Assist Museum educators in the execution of Chicago Literacies Family Day event
  • Assist Museum educators in evaluating the program

Upon your participation, you will receive the following from CHM:

  • A curricular toolkit that includes bilingual (English/Spanish), nonfiction texts and literacy activities
  • ISBE continuing education credits
  • Bus transportation for students to visit the Museum (limit 1 bus per teacher)
  • Bus transportation for students’ families to visit the Museum during Family Day (There will be a limited number of buses per school, assigned to each school on a first come, first served basis.)
  • In-school classroom support leading up to culmination of program
  • A stipend at the conclusion of the program

Chicago Artivism Application

We will be accepting applications for the 20212022 school year between June 22, 2021, and August 31, 2021.

Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact Ivan Guzman, Chicago Learning Collaborative Teen Programs coordinator, at [email protected] or 312.799.2151.

This program is made possible by the Polk Bros. Foundation.

Interested in participating in the Chicago Artivism program? Contact our program coordinator.

Want to support the Chicago Artivism program? This program would not be possible without the generous support of our community. Please consider donating today.

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