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To fuel our workshops Snow City Arts taps into Chicago’s deep cultural pool to forge partnerships with some of the city’s finest museums, cultural institutions, colleges and universities, and arts organizations.

Having developed a reputation for strategically effective, long-term collaboration with our partners, Snow City Arts acts as a conduit to bring the power of these institutions to the bedsides of children in hospitals.

Whether it’s:

  • creating a year-long filmmaking project in collaboration with a museum
  • orchestrating a two-year international photography experiment with a humanities festival
  • conducting a digital music recording project based on “found noise” with a local university
  • having children create original art work in response to a major historical figure from the world of art
  • or developing indepth professional development opportunities for our teaching staff, each of our cultural partners helps ensure Snow City Arts’ kids are getting a learning experience unlike any other.


Columbia College Chicago

One of Chicago’s leading cultural institutions for more than 100 years, and the country’s largest Arts and Media college with more than 11,000 students and 1,100 faculty members, Columbia College has opened its doors to the children of Snow City Arts. Through their Urban Missions program our children now have access to countless departments and resources throughout the university. Our young people are able to meet and work with faculty and students on original projects, attend Columbia’s High School Summer Institute, and even qualify for scholarships to the university.

SMART Museum of Art

Located on the University of Chicago’s campus, the David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art houses a permanent collection of over 10,000 objects, spanning five millennia of both Western and Eastern civilizations. The scope of its permanent collections, combined with groundbreaking special exhibitions, a focus on research and teaching by University of Chicago scholars, and distinguished outreach and educational programs geared to both adults and school age children, make the Smart one of the Midwest’s most dynamic and innovative educational institutions in the visual arts.

Chicago Public Schools

Chicago Public Schools is the third largest school district in the United States. One of the top priorities in the Chicago Public Schools is to provide unique learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom.

To accomplish that goal, Snow City Arts helps CPS accomplish this by tracking our work with patients against state learning standards, and sharing it with CPS to get children classroom credit for work accomplished in the hospital.  CPS has even created a special Snow City Arts Course which allows chronically ill children to take our “class” and follow a specialize curriculum in the hospital setting that allows them to keep up in school.

With a goal to continually launch new programs and initiatives to improve education for CPS students, parents, teachers, partners and the community, the CPS partners with Snow City Arts to help bridge the gap between school and hospitalization.

The Art Institute of Chicago

One of the nation’s premier museums and art schools, The Art Institute of Chicago collects, preserves, and interprets works of art of the highest quality, representing the world’s diverse artistic traditions, for the inspiration and education of the public.  As a major cultural hub of Chicago, the Art Institute is committed to supporting the city and its citizens through extensive outreach and education programs, free access, and accessible public spaces in the museum’s complex.

The DuSable Museum of African American History

The DuSable Museum of African American History, the first and oldest institution of its kind in the country, has been dedicated to the collection, preservation, interpretation and dissemination of the history and culture of Africans and Americans of African descent for more than 46 years.

Founded in 1961 by teacher and art historian Dr. Margaret Burroughs and other leading Chicago citizens, the DuSable Museum preserves and interprets the experiences and achievements of people of African descent, and is dedicated to the collection, documentation, and study of the history and culture of Africans and African Americans.

The Poetry Foundation

The Poetry Foundation works to raise poetry to a more visible and influential position in American culture. Rather than celebrating the status quo, the Foundation seeks to be a leader in shaping a receptive climate for poetry by developing new audiences, creating new avenues for delivery, and encouraging new kinds of poetry.

Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music is Chicago’s largest music school which teaches and celebrates music and cultural expressions rooted in the traditions of diverse American and global communities. Founded in 1957, Old Town School of Folk Music provides a wide range of music, dance, theater, and visual arts courses to people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.

Setting the Old Town School of Folk Music apart from other music teaching programs is their philosophy that music is for everyone. The founders wanted the School to be a place where, as founder Frank Hamilton said, “teacher and student would be partners in learning.”