Picture Me Program History
For sixteen years the MoCP hosted intensive after school photography programs in four Chicago Public Schools high schools: Benito Juarez Community Academy, Curie Metropolitan, Sullivan High School and Nicolas Senn. This program cultivated Chicago teens as independent artists who gained skills and techniques as they developed their creative voices developing independent projects. The programs were co-taught by a team of working artists and enhanced through museum field trips and contact with MoCP staff and guest artists. Each spring the MoCP hosted a culminating exhibition featuring the strongest work by Chicago teens who participate in the museum’s high school programs. Students played a role in editing, designing, and installing the display of their work. Graduates of the Picture Me program have gone on to study art at institutions including Columbia College Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the University of Illinois. Picture Me was generously supported by After School Matters, the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, the Terra Foundation for American Art, the Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.