CAPE Events: Comadres en el Arte – A New Exhibition!

 In Michelle Green Arnson, The CAPE Blog


Comadres en el Arte is CAPE’s newest exhibition, which will run May 24 through June 26 at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art (756 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60642). Mothers from four Chicago public schools will present work that speaks to family, history, and dreams. Through their participation in CAPE’s bilingual after-school program, these mothers have become artists and community builders who strive to break barriers that exist in their schools, families, and ever-changing communities.

Please join us for a reception at Comadres en el Arte!

Date: Thursday, June 16, 2016
Time: 5pm to 8pm

The parent-artists hail from Telpochcalli Elementary in Little Village, Waters Elementary in Lincoln Square, North-Grand High in Humboldt Park, and Washington High in East Side, where they have spent the past year learning painting, collage, and printmaking while also building computer and English language skills.

Ramona, a grandmother from Telpochcalli (featured in the photo above), said the class has been her first experience in her adult life as a student, her first art class, and her first chance to take time to focus on her self. She added,

“I was so scared to talk about my work in front of everyone and thinking what can I say that they’d want to hear, but after I did it I realized that I do have important things to say.

CAPE’s Supporting Communities through Arts Learning Environments (SCALE) program, began in 2004 to support after-school arts programs for students in Chicago Public Schools. In 2010, CAPE added parents’ classes to the SCALE program with the hope of helping parents better understand the value of the arts in their children’s school-day classrooms. Having grown far beyond that original concept, these parent classes now teach technical, creative, and language skills through art making and community building, and lead to greater involvement by these parents in their children’s schools, neighborhoods, and Chicago at large. SCALE is supported by a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant and by the Albert & Anne Mansfield Foundation.

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