Snow City Arts: The Sun Also Rises
Snow City Arts inspires and educates children and youth in the hospital through the arts. Each year, more than 1200 students in Chicago area hospitals receive one-on-one or small group workshops from professional teaching artists.
“The Sun Also Rises” project began when the designers of the new pediatric unit at Rush University Children’s Hospital gifted their young patients a blank wall to make their mark upon.
Working with teaching artist Allie Spicer to come up with an inspiration for the project, Snow City Arts students created sketches and brainstormed ideas of images celebrating their voice, the strength of our shared community, the city of Chicago, and the hopefulness of youth.
The title and culminating image for this project came from twelve-year-old old Neveah, whose original drawing illustrates the hope in a rising sun. In response to headlines of the day depicting Chicago as a war zone, Neveah wanted to highlight her experience as a Chicagoan and her hope for the future of the city. More than 85 students, ages 4-18, have worked on “The Sun Also Rises.”
Join us on Tuesday, August 20th, from 6-7 PM in the Drawing Room Library for a closing reception including a conversation with teaching artist Allie Spicer, live music, poetry readings, and more. Snow City Arts students’ artwork will be on display and available for purchase. All proceeds go towards the mission of the organization.
About Snow City Arts
Chicago-based Snow City Arts inspires and educates children and youth in the hospital through the arts. Snow City Arts brings one-on-one, learning opportunities to the rooms of pediatric patients at its hospital partners: Rush University Children’s Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital University of Illinois, and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Snow City Arts has been profiled as a best practice by the National Endowment for the Arts, honored as one of the 15 best youth programs in the United States by the President’ Committee on the Arts and Humanities with the prestigious Coming Up Taller Award, and has been the recipient of the Make It Better Philanthropy-Arts Award.