Photography and Sound Collaboration / Suzanne Makol

This past fall I worked with teaching artist Nick Jaffe in a Peer to Peer exchange program at Marwen, where I teach photography to middle school students after school. It was a valuable program where we visited each other’s classes, made observations, and had in-depth conversations about our particular approaches, ways to improve/innovate, and about […]

Making Place Meaningful: Lily Yeh & The Role of Folk Art in Community Development, Part 2 / Carol Ng-He

Lily Yeh is a constant traveler around the globe, working on projects in China, Rwanda, Kenya, Ghana, and Ecuador and many other places. Her ability to develop and manage different art projects in so many locations amazes me. I talked with her about her vision in my previous post Making Place Meaningful: The Role of […]

The Blue House | Carol Ng-He

Last December I traveled back to my hometown Hong Kong for the holiday. Feeling nostalgic, I decided to embark on a journey to tour places that I had not visited before on previous trips.   My visit to the Blue House, however, went beyond merely touristy site-seeing; rather, it gave me the opportunity to think more […]

Teaching Artist Development Studio Part 1: Fall 2011 | Suzanne Makol

Editor’s Note: This is the first of three posts by Suzanne Makol detailing her experience in the Teaching Artist Development Studio. TAD Studio is funded by the Fry Foundation, supported by a wide range of arts education organizations in Chicago, and run under the auspices of CCAP at Columbia College Chicago. In 2011, I made […]

Picking up the “Unfinished Business” | Carol Ng-He

One of the most exciting moments in teaching the “Arts & Community Development” class to my undergraduate students this semester is visiting the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum. Connecting students to the history and legacy of the community work by activists and art lovers Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Starr has always been my goal for […]

Becoming a Teaching Artist | Carol Ng-He

Entering my fifth year as a teaching artist, I have come to find that this role has many more dimensions than I initially thought when I first started.  Recent conversations with colleagues whom I have known at different times, have inspired me to reflect on the forms of work a teaching artist can do.  Ultimately, […]

Art & Justice for All

In my work at Intuit I am finding just how powerful outsider and self-taught art can be as a force for social change; in particular I have found that can have an especially big impact on teenagers in economically deprived neighborhoods.  About five miles west from downtown Chicago, a high school art teacher has developed […]

The Outsider is In – Teacher Fellowship Program at Intuit

At Intuit we define “intuitive and outsider art” as work of artists who demonstrate little influence from the mainstream art world and who instead are motivated by their unique personal visions. This includes what is known as art brut, non-traditional folk art, self-taught art, and visionary art. As education director I work closely with Chicago […]