Saturday, April 21, 2012

Day 112: Supported Artistic Teens

This year is the 20th anniversary of the inception of the After School Matters program here in Chicago.  The mission of After School Matters is to provide Chicago public high school teens opportunities to explore and develop their talents, while gaining critical skills for work, college and beyond through artistic, athletic, scientific, technological, and journalistic programs.  Today, the artistic part of the program, Gallery 37, held a day where they showed off art in many different genres.  After being invited by my friend Emily (who does incredible work with the kids), I decided that today, for my random act of kindness I would support these impressive artistic teenagers.  I was blown away by how incredible these kids were both from a personality standpoint and by their creativity.  From photography to painting to culinary art to performance art, these kids excelled at so many different things.  I have been to art shows near our home in Chicago, but they aren't even remotely near the same level as what I saw today.  Below is a snippet of some of the photos that I took during my day. 


  1. Some of the kids art that I have seen seems to come directly from a spontaneous parts of their souls before they have become too corroded or jaded and have lost touch with these precious places. Like you I'm always blown away when I visit school art exhibitions here in Australia.

    All the best to you, your family and your quest.

  2. The works I can see on the wall look amazing :)

  3. CONGRATULATIONS on being selected as a Blog of Note! I'm glad I found your site - keep up the great work!!

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  4. Oh look at all that art... Seeing all the wonderful art and seeing how talented these kids really are just makes my day! Keep up with the good work!