The Issue: Providing Kids with Outlets for Expression
Yollocalli Arts Reach, a youth-outreach program of the National Museum of Mexican Art, aims to engage students in the arts and introduce them to professions in creative fields. Many of its students are from low-income backgrounds and have not had much exposure to the city beyond their own neighborhoods. Yollocalli offers free classes that help them explore their communities, interact with peers, and hone creative skills.
The Campaign: Sponsor Teen Art Program
If this Grassroots campaign raises $250, then the National Museum of Mexican Art can sponsor one teen in the Yollocalli Arts Reach program for one year, with matching donations up to $5,000 from an anonymous local foundation. Each additional $250 raised, in conjunction with a matching donation, will fund another one-year scholarship for the Yollocalli Arts Reach program.
Yollocalli runs free afterschool and summer programs in the visual arts for hundreds of urban youth every year. Students work with professional artists to create graphic designs or public mural installations that explore the issues that affect their communities, and establish friendships with their peers and gain new skills. During the program, students may also participate in writing and career-building workshops, hone their communication skills as museum docents, and produce art exhibitions with the help of local curators.
An anonymous local foundation will match all donations up to $5,000. You can follow the progress of this and other Grassroots campaigns at the Groupon Grassroots website.
The National Museum of Mexican Art has become a proud Chicago institution. Our city is better for it.Alejandro Escalona, Chicago Sun-Times, 5/2/12