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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 with kids in the hospital. He engaged with Miguel in a variety of ways, but quickly realized Miguel had a natural talent for drawing. Most [...]

April 3rd, 2018|Categories: 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 the techniques of Jackson Pollock, and she experimented with different methods of applying and working with paint. "I like making paintings like that, because it [...]

February 6th, 2018|Categories: 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 more than 250 workshops while in the hospital. Frankie, age 14, Fruit Groops Today, Frankie is 21 years old and still working with [...]

December 6th, 2017|Categories: 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, Jia, as everyone calls her, started working with Snow City Arts. Over the years she’s worked with a dozen of our teaching artists, participated in [...]

November 6th, 2017|Categories: Student stories|0 Comments

A Grand Opening of a New Facility

Artists do their best work when they have the best tools available. That’s certainly true with the work done at Snow City Arts. Having the highest quality supplies, facility, and resources available helps us provide the most innovative and creative artistic and learning experience for children in hospitals. Sue Fischer, Carrie Spitler, Chris Hensley, Les Wiberg, and Mary Wiberg outside the new Idea Lab. That’s why we are very excited to announce the opening of a brand new [...]

October 31st, 2017|Categories: News Updates|3 Comments

Sampling Silly Sounds

“What’s the silliest noise you can think of?” That’s often a very important question Snow City Arts’ music teaching artist Lenny Zieben asks after finding out whether a child in the hospital is interested in making music. When a student wants to play guitar, keyboard, or even ukulele, Zieben pulls out that instrument and they start creating. Some want to go in a different direction and use samples and effects to create a new, innovative piece of music, while other [...]

August 1st, 2017|Categories: Artwork stories|Tags: , , |1 Comment