Through our programming Amplify would like to help nurture a professional learning community for those who care about art education, particularly those on the Southside of Chicago, to assemble in collective support for increased arts learning both in and out of schools. These programs provide a platform for educators, students, teaching artists, and administrators to learn and share strategies and tactics that encourage inquiry, ensure agency, and empower students to find their voice. We believe that arts education and our communities are stronger when a variety of expertise is valued and shared.

2017 Amplify Professional Learning Programs 


Nurturing Experimental Spaces for Learning and Making 
Part One: Master Class

January 28, 2017 | 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Arts Incubator, 2nd Floor Flex Space | 301 East Garfield Boulevard | Chicago, IL 60637

During our first highly interactive workshop, classroom educator and community arts worker Lavie Raven will share his Boldly Braided curricular pedagogy. Educators will learn how to collaboratively create community project proposals, classroom curricula, and experiential lessons that integrate unconventional arts and social issues.

Nurturing Experimental Spaces for Learning and Making 
Part Two: Learn and Share Day

March 14, 2017 | 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm 
Logan Center for the Arts | 915 East 60th Street | Chicago, IL 60637

During our second workshop a small group of educators and teaching artists will discuss projects, strategies, and tactics that have successfully nurtured safe and experimental learning and making spaces in and out the classroom. Presentations will be followed by interactive break-out sessions where participants can collectively explore ways to apply this work in their context.

FREE. Register.

For Educators: Cultivating Student-Driven Learning Experiences
April 22, 2017 | 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Arts Incubator | 301 East Garfield Boulevard | Chicago, IL 60637

Creating space for students to drive their own learning is a powerful way to help them discover their artistic voices, enable their agency, and motivate their continued growth.

Led by the Teen Arts Council (TAC), arts educators will use TAC’s teen-curated exhibition Correct Opinions as the jumping-off point for workshopping how students can drive their own learning in both classrooms and out-of-school spaces. Participants will have the opportunity to brainstorm and share how they might apply that knowledge to cultivate student-driven learning as part of their respective practices.

FREE. Register.

Presented by Arts + Public Life, After School Matters, and Amplify.


Full Program and Registration


Michael Christiano
Director of Education and Interpretation
Smart Museum of Art

Emily Hooper Lansana
Associate Director
Community Arts Engagement
Arts + Public Life and the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts