Children's Museum of Art and Social Justice

Children's Museum of Art and Social Justice Dedicated to exhibiting the artwork of youth alongside working artists in order to promote social change.
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We hope we can be a resource for you while you are at home! Our new site is complete and features lesson plans from all ...
03/26/2020
Lesson Plans |

We hope we can be a resource for you while you are at home! Our new site is complete and features lesson plans from all of our exhibitions.

Each exhibition is accompanied by several lesson plans to help educators engage students in meaningful artmaking around social justice topics. We hope you can utilize these plans to bring important conversations and various art processes to your classroom.

We're open this Friday as part of the Pilsen Art Walk from 6-10PM. Join us to see the work in our latest exhibition, Foo...
01/07/2020

We're open this Friday as part of the Pilsen Art Walk from 6-10PM. Join us to see the work in our latest exhibition, Food for Thought!

THANK YOU for making our opening night of Food for Thought so magical!
12/17/2019

THANK YOU for making our opening night of Food for Thought so magical!

KIPP Chicago
12/12/2019

KIPP Chicago

Join us Friday night, December 13th for the opening of our newest Children's Museum of Art and Social Justice art show, Food for Thought! We are collecting food pantry items so, if you're able, bring an item to donate. See you from 6-10pm TOMORROW at 2007 S Halsted!

Join us THIS FRIDAY for the opening of our newest exhibition, Food for Thought. We are collecting food pantry items to d...
12/11/2019

Join us THIS FRIDAY for the opening of our newest exhibition, Food for Thought. We are collecting food pantry items to donate to KIPP Chicago schools and these can be brought to 2007 S Halsted anytime.

Children's Museum of Art and Social Justice's cover photo
12/11/2019

Children's Museum of Art and Social Justice's cover photo

Our next art show is coming up on December 13th! Join us from 6-10pm for the opening of 'Food for Thought.'
12/03/2019

Our next art show is coming up on December 13th! Join us from 6-10pm for the opening of 'Food for Thought.'

New show is going up!
09/04/2019

New show is going up!

NEW ART SHOW OPENING! Join us September 13th from 6-10pm to celebrate art made by KIPP Chicago students, grades 1-6, who participated in this summer's art workshops.

Thank you for making our opening of Heart Felt and Sew Kind such a wonderful event!
03/11/2019

Thank you for making our opening of Heart Felt and Sew Kind such a wonderful event!

Children's Museum of Art and Social Justice's cover photo
02/27/2019

Children's Museum of Art and Social Justice's cover photo

The inherent nature of traditional craft processes provide opportunities for mindfulness, reflection, and community. Thi...
02/07/2019
Wisconsin Boy Is Hooked On Crocheting And Giving Back

The inherent nature of traditional craft processes provide opportunities for mindfulness, reflection, and community. This boy is incredible!

Our next show is all about the power of traditional craft media; sewing, weaving, cross stitching, and more.

Heart Felt & Sew Kind is opening March 8th!

Jonah Larson is a globally renowned crocheter — at the age of 11. He sells his goods on Instagram and donates a portion of his earnings to the Ethiopian orphanage where he was adopted.

Join us tomorrow! Activist Soup is up for Pilsen's Gallery Walk night. Come view some beautiful art and learn about some...
11/08/2018

Join us tomorrow! Activist Soup is up for Pilsen's Gallery Walk night. Come view some beautiful art and learn about some contemporary activists who are creating waves of change!

Children's Museum of Art and Social Justice's cover photo
10/03/2018

Children's Museum of Art and Social Justice's cover photo

Native-Focused Funding & Opportunities
09/23/2018
Native-Focused Funding & Opportunities

Native-Focused Funding & Opportunities

We asked a few of our favorite organizations who work with Native American and Indigenous communities to share the creative placemaking opportunities, funding sources, and events they’re most excited about right now. First Peoples Fund (FPF) honors and supports the Collective Spirit® of First Peo...

The Adler Planetarium
09/17/2018

The Adler Planetarium

On this day in 1992, Dr. Mae Jemison became the first African American woman in space! Dr. Jemison served as the mission specialist for the STS-47 mission, working on two research experiments. By the end of the mission, Dr. Jemison logged more than 190 hours in space!

Photo credit: NASA

The Conscious Kid
09/15/2018
The Conscious Kid

The Conscious Kid

"To honor the power, place, and importance of Black voices telling Black stories, this list features books written by Black authors. The majority of children’s books about Black people (and Black history) are written by white authors. White voices have historically been (and continue to be) given priority over Black people to define and document Black stories."

The Conscious Kid
09/15/2018

The Conscious Kid

Did you know Toni Morrison wrote several picture books with her son? Peeny Butter Fudge is one of them.

There is no one like Nana in the whole wide world. She is the best. Nana knows how to take an ordinary afternoon and make it extra special! Nap time, story time, and playtime are transformed by fairies, dragons, dancing, and pretending -- and then mixing and fixing yummy, yummy fudge just like Nana and Mommy did not so many years ago. A celebration of grandmas and intergenerational love. Ages 4-8. Illustrated by Joe Cepeda.

#tonimorrison #ownvoices #picturebook #grandparents #peenybutterfudge #weneeddiversebooks #diversebooks #childrensbooks #Blackauthors

"Everyday life is full of challenges big and small! When you give children the tools to overcome obstacles, you help the...
09/14/2018
Building resilience

"Everyday life is full of challenges big and small! When you give children the tools to overcome obstacles, you help them learn and grow. Providing your love and support through everyday challenges is the first and most important step in helping kids develop the confidence to overcome anything they face.."

Tips and videos

The New York Times
09/10/2018
The New York Times

The New York Times

In The New York Times Opinion Section, five 12th graders write, "We believe informing the public about the history of people with disabilities is necessary. We also believe that a major step in doing that means having a national museum dedicated to disability history."

09/04/2018
Most Black Kids Can’t Swim. It’s Not Just A Stereotype, It’s History. (HBO)

Thinking back on our "Just Add Water" exhibition... Where our collection of acrylic paintings on swim caps was created after the artists delved into the history of swimming segregation.

Their work examined both the history and the long lasting effects those regulations have in our communities today. The work showcased both narrative and abstract depictions of the personal thoughts and narratives of each of in the individual artist.

In 2014, the CDC found that an 11-year-old black child is 10 times more likely to drown than a white child the same age. The idea that "Black people can't sw...

08/26/2018
Bold & Untold by MAKERS

Katherine Johnson, one of the women featured in our Aluminum Garden Installation in our Springtime on Neptune exhibition.

Our springtime aluminum garden is a tribute to Black female scientists and astronauts who paved the way for science and advances in outer space exploration. We are imagining them in our futuristic garden to showcase all the work that is and has been done both by women and people of color in space exploration.

Join us for 2nd Fridays Gallery Night in the Chicago Arts District, September 14th | 6pm to 10pm.

https://cmasj.org/plan-your-visit/

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Hidden Figures

It took a woman to put man on the moon. 🚀 Katherine Johnson, known as one of NASA’s "women computers," was critical to the biggest missions of the 20th century.

Decades later, she’s finally being recognized for her place in history.

"Art For Justice also funds specific policy advocacy campaigns in states with high incarceration rates. For instance, th...
08/23/2018
Changing Hearts and Minds: How the Art For Justice Fund Hopes to Reduce Mass Incarceration

"Art For Justice also funds specific policy advocacy campaigns in states with high incarceration rates. For instance, the initiative funds the Ohio Transformation Fund, a 501(c)(3), which aims to address criminal justice reform and reduce the number and alleviate the racial disparity of youth and adults incarcerated in Ohio, as well as Stand Up for Ohio, a 501(c)(4), a coalition of community, labor, civil rights and environmental groups committed to building a coordinated movement for racial, social and economic justice in the state."

"The rapid evolution of Art for Justice has provided socially driven funders with a template for leveraging the arts to change public policy, and has shown metrics-driven naysayers—often referred to as "effective altruists"—how the arts can drive measurable positive outcomes."

Helena Huang, project director for the Art for Justice Fund, talks about how the fund’s latest round of grantmaking supports its goal of changing public policy to safely reduce the U.S. prison population.

"Curators (and other art world professionals) must be amenable to self-critique, as well. As cultural critic bell hooks ...
08/21/2018
What Is Curatorial Activism? -

"Curators (and other art world professionals) must be amenable to self-critique, as well. As cultural critic bell hooks asserts, we must “produce work that opposes structures of domination, that presents possibilities for a transformed future by willingly interrogating our own work on aesthetic or political grounds."

It is a practice that commits itself to counter-hegemonic initiatives that give voice to those who have been historically silenced or omitted altogether. Read More

"Her music gave us a greater sense of determination to never give up or give in, and to keep the faith," Lewis wrote .
08/17/2018
Civil rights leader: Aretha Franklin 'inspired us all'

"Her music gave us a greater sense of determination to never give up or give in, and to keep the faith," Lewis wrote .

The music of Aretha Franklin "strengthened," "revived" and encouraged civil rights activists to "keep the faith" in their cause during the '60s, civil rights icon John Lewis said of the legendary singer who died Thursday.

Children's art on display, sponsored by the Children's Museum of Art and Social Justice at Wakandacon 2018'Outer Space G...
08/08/2018
Last weekend’s Wakandacon transformed the Hilton Chicago into the world’s most successful and self-reliant black community

Children's art on display, sponsored by the Children's Museum of Art and Social Justice at Wakandacon 2018

'Outer Space Goggles'
2018
Glitter pens, metallic sharpies, self portrait on paper
12x12
Ms Thomm's 3rd and 4th grade art elective classes

'Outer Space Goggles' is a collection of drawings created by artists ages 8-9. The artists were asked to create and design space goggles that give them the ability to see the world through a new lens. If you came in from outer space wearing your goggles, how would you evaluate social issues on earth? What observations could be made around racism, sexism, or homophobia?

Passport ready! Join us this weekend for Wakandacon 2018We will be creating an Afrofuturism popup experience with an art...
08/03/2018

Passport ready!

Join us this weekend for Wakandacon 2018

We will be creating an Afrofuturism popup experience with an art installation from its Springtime on Neptune exhibition.

The attendees will be able to view the artwork of Chicago youth in their “Earth 2” art installation made with ink and reproduced @NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration photographs, make postcards from Wakanda, and create activism buttons.

For tickets and more information, visit: Wakandacon2018.com

#children #museum #art #socialjustice #wakanda #Wakandacon #Wakandacon2018 #passport #passportready #afrofuturism #NASA #activism

Check out the Children's Museum of Art and Social Justice on ABC 7 Chicago with the founders of WakandaCon as they speak...
07/26/2018
Wakandacon to bring 'Black Panther' fans to Chicago Aug. 3-5

Check out the Children's Museum of Art and Social Justice on ABC 7 Chicago with the founders of WakandaCon as they speak about the exciting programming happening August 3rd- 5th.

The Children's Museum of Art and Social Justice will be creating an Afrofuturism popup experience with an art installation from its Springtime on Neptune exhibition.

The attendees will be able to view the artwork of Chicago youth in their "Earth 2" art installation made with ink and reproduced NASA photographs, make postcards from Wakanda, and create activism buttons.

Wakandacon, which will celebrate the blockbuster movie "Black Panther," will be held Aug. 3-5 in Chicago.

06/29/2018
Algorithmic Justice League

This is a great organization bringing awareness to and highlighting Algorithmic Bias.

Algorithmic Justice League founder Joy Buolamwini
writes an op-ed for the New York Times voicing concerns about the use of facial analysis technology for hiring, policing, and border patrol.

"Everyday people should support lawmakers, activists and public-interest technologists in demanding transparency, equity and accountability in the use of artificial intelligence that governs our lives. Facial recognition is increasingly penetrating our lives, but there is still time to prevent it from worsening social inequalities. To do that, we must face the coded gaze."

The Dangers of Facial Analysis https://nyti.ms/2MMBFv5

Advocating for a world with more inclusive and ethical AI

06/15/2018
The Adler Planetarium

This is such a great installation at The Adler Planetarium!

It reminds us here at the Children's Museum of Art and Social Justice of one of our installations on display for our Afrofuturism exhibition, where students learned about West African textiles and weaving and then took that knowledge to interpret and imagine new designs for astronaut suits.

Springtime on Neptune will be on display until August 31st.
Visit both, The Adler Planetarium and Children's Museum of Art and Social Justice and see some amazing artwork inspired by textiles, fabric, and space.

The "Fabric of the Universe" installation above our north stairwell was brought to you by art AND science! This series of strings and dangling charms (more on that later) represents dark matter aka the stuff that makes up nearly a third of the Universe. So, how does invisible matter inspire (very visible) art? Dr. Benedikt Diemer, the astronomer behind the installation, tells us about what inspired him and how this installation was created.

Thank you to everyone that made it to our opening reception this past Friday. A special thank you to the young artists, ...
06/11/2018

Thank you to everyone that made it to our opening reception this past Friday.

A special thank you to the young artists, parents/caregivers, and teachers that made the Springtime on Neptune exhibition a success.

Plan your visit here!
https://cmasj.org/plan-your-visit/

Children's Museum of Art and Social Justice's cover photo
06/11/2018

Children's Museum of Art and Social Justice's cover photo

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2007 S. Halsted
Chicago, IL
60608

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00

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(312) 733-8108

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Our KIPPsters did amazing work in their art classes to create work for our newest art show, Heart Felt and Sew Kind! Come check it out at our Children's Museum of Art and Social Justice!