Tamara’s Artistic Beginnings

As a part of our yearlong 20th Anniversary celebration, Snow City Arts has had the opportunity to reconnect with many former students. Earlier this Spring, at our Visual Arts Exhibition, Allie Spicer, one of our Visual Arts Teaching Artists, met up with Tamara, who created a painting more than 10 years ago when she was [...]

By | 2018-08-08T14:12:29+00:00 August 8th, 2018|Student stories|0 Comments

Meet Student #1: Miguel

In the summer of 1998, Miguel was just 12 years old. As a patient in the pediatric dialysis unit, he found the long hours of sitting and getting treatment to be lonely and boring. One day, teaching artist and Snow City Arts' founder Paul Sznewajs walked into the unit and introduced himself as someone working [...]

By | 2018-04-03T09:24:40+00:00 April 3rd, 2018|Student stories|0 Comments

Savannah’s Many Talents

Savannah is 10 years old, and although she's spent time in more than 20 workshops with Snow City Arts' teaching artists, we found her to be an already talented artist. Painting has always come naturally to her, and she particularly likes creating abstract works. Attending to this interest in abstraction, she was recently introduced to [...]

By | 2018-03-20T15:25:49+00:00 February 6th, 2018|Student stories|9 Comments

Painting, Poetry, Music and More: Frankie Does it All

It was nearly a decade ago when Frankie first became a student with Snow City Arts. Since then, he’s worked with our teaching artists to write poems, make films, paint paintings, perform music, take photos and more. Much more. All told, Frankie has created more than 40 different works of art with SCA while attending [...]

By | 2018-03-20T15:25:49+00:00 December 6th, 2017|Student stories|0 Comments

Ajianette: Immersing Herself in the Arts

For most of us, a lifetime of going to the hospital every three weeks would be an emotionally daunting task. Yet that’s the reality of students like Ajianette, who has been coming to the hospital for regular treatments for 12 of her 13 years. Ajianette, age 10, Chicago LOVE Nearly eight years ago, [...]

By | 2018-03-20T15:25:49+00:00 November 6th, 2017|Student stories|0 Comments


An hour ago, the tray in front of Nicholas in his hospital bed held his lunch. Now it’s the streets of Tokyo. Nicholas has lined up some of his kaiju monster action figures: Godzilla, Mechagodzilla, Mothra, Rodan, SpaceGodzilla. He keeps adding more and more, asking Jonathan Stein, a Snow City Arts visual arts teaching artist, [...]

By | 2018-03-20T15:25:49+00:00 June 27th, 2017|Student stories|0 Comments