Schools

SPACE

Description

School Partnership for Art and Civic Engagement, also known as SPACE, is a program created to foster the creative, intellectual, and civic development of students.

Featured images

SPACE artist’s studio exterior at Curie Metro High School
Photo: Nathan Keay

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Damon Locks leads a discussion around art and civic engagement during an MCA field trip
Photo: Nathan Keay

2017–18 project images

A large group of young people march down a sidewalk with two people holding a prominent sign that reads "The Time is Now."
As part of their final project, Curie students host a parade to the post office to mail 1,200 student-designed postcards on civic topics of their choosing, May 31, 2018
Photo: Braxton Black, © MCA Chicago
Nearly a dozen young people walking down a city sidewalk carry large postcards and a decorated flag of Mexico.
Curie parade to post office, May 31, 2018
Photo: Braxton Black, © MCA Chicago

SPACE

The Mission

School Partnership for Art and Civic Engagement, also known as SPACE, is a learning program created by the MCA to foster the creative, intellectual, and civic development of students.

A multiyear partnership with Chicago Public High Schools, SPACE embeds an artist-in-residence within a school, fostering the MCA’s learning philosophy far outside the walls of the museum. Students investigate local issues, identify what impacts their life directly and what they feel passionate about, then work to research and engage community members in dialogue to create change.

Teaching Artists

SPACE resident artists relocate their studio practices, transforming the high schools into creative hubs for artistic and civic exchange. Together with the art and social studies teachers, they codesign and coteach an interdisciplinary socially engaged curriculum.

Damon Locks
Artist-in-Residence at SARAH E. GOODE S.T.E.M. ACADEMY

Andres L. Hernandez
Artist-in-Residence at CURIE METROPOLITAN HIGH SCHOOL

Zakkiyyah Najeebah Dumas-O'Neal
Artist in Residence at NICHOLAS SENN HIGH SCHOOL

Sites

All three school sites develop their work differently but all work in a collaborative manner to engage students in an exploration of civic issues that are specific to their communities.They approach this inquiry through the lens of contemporary art and strive to create youth agency so that SPACE youth feel powerful and confident in their ability to create positive change.

2020–21 SCHOOL SITES and PARTNER TEACHERS

At CURIE METROPOLITAN HIGH SCHOOL, Archer Heights

At SARAH E. GOODE S.T.E.M. ACADEMY, Ashburn

  • Maria Scandariato, Civics

At NICHOLAS SENN HIGH SCHOOL, Edgewater

  • Shifa Ahmed, Civics
  • Casey Murtaugh, Art

Intended Outcomes

SPACE culminates in student-created artistic projects and civic action plans that address the pressing needs of their community. Youth take the lead as empowered change-agents with the confidence, knowledge, and ability to confront real-world issues.

Funding

Lead support for SPACE is provided by The Crown Family.

Additional generous support is provided by The Siragusa Family Foundation.