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.

2017/18 Amplify Professional Learning Programs 
Building Community: Exploring Creative Interventions


Amplify Welcome Back Reception
Date: Thursday, September 28, 2017
Time: 4:30-6pm
Location: Logan Center, Performance Penthouse, 9th Floor, 915 E 60th St, Chicago

Share a meal with your Amplify community as we welcome the new school year, dream up exciting new arts-based partnerships, and share upcoming plans. The Amplify team will provide information on our 2017/18 multi-site field trips, Professional Learning Community programs, and other resources including transportation subsidies. Free, registration required. RSVP

Exploring Text and Image
Date: Thursday, November, 2, 2017  
Time: 4:30-6:30
Location: Logan Center for the Arts, Room 801, 8th Floor

Join award winning artists avery r. young + Cecil McDonald Jr. as they share their process developed through years of collaborative teaching. This interactive workshop will engage participants in possibilities for innovative teaching and art making through the collection and development of text and image. Register

Radical [Re]Constructions with Emmanuel Pratt
Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018
Time: 10am-1pm
Location: Smart Museum of Art, 5550 South Greenwood Avenue

Emmanuel Pratt’s interdisciplinary approach to regenerative placemaking on the South Side of Chicago mixes art, architecture, and community and economic development. Pratt, whose work is currently on view at the Smart, will share ways to disrupt unhealthy urban systems through creative intervention and experiential learning. Participants can develop lessons and artistic projects that connect learning with critical issues in our communities. Register

Cultivating Student-Driven Learning Experiences
Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time: 10am-1pm
Location: Arts Incubator, 301 E Garfield Blvd, Chicago

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 Arts + Public Life teen programs, attendees will participate in a discussion and creative engagement that highlights the teens’ experiences in participant-centered and student-led programming as the jumping-off point for workshopping how students can drive their own learning in both classrooms and out-of-school spaces. Then, 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. Register

Amplify Appreciation Party
Date: Thursday, May 31, 2018
Time: 4:30-6pm
Location: Currency Exchange Cafe, 305 E Garfield Blvd, Chicago

Join us to celebrate the creative accomplishments of our Amplify community! Enjoy live music, food, and drinks as we share our successes from the 2017/18 school year. Register


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