Current Events

Team Snow City Arts 2020 Challenge Ends October 31!!

Join our wonderful Auxiliary Board in an inclusive month long, remote CHALLENGE as part of Team Snow City Arts. Sign up and set a physical and fundraising goal; create a team of friends to reach a combined goal and cheer each other on.  The silver lining of not being able to run together, is that ANYONE can participate from ANYWHERE in the world in the way that best suits the way the move!

There will still be yoga, socials, and swag. Help us raise the last 1/3 of our $25,000 goal for Snow City Arts!

REGISTER HERE NOW!

Upcoming Events

Snow City Arts & The Northwest Side Housing Center After School Program

Snow City Arts teaching artists Emmy Bean, Dan Kerr-Hobert, and Jonathan Stein will lead virtual workshops in book making, writing, and visual arts from 3-4pm on Wednesdays for 7 weeks starting on November 4. Students can access materials at Steinmetz College Prep and should sign up with Ms. Angelita Ruiz, Youth Services Coordinator at ARuiz@nwshc.onmicrosoft.com.

Free for registered students.

#GivingTuesday 2020

Snow City Arts will be hosting several virtual and peer-to-peer appeals on #GivingTuesday, December 1, 2020, and have some incentives for giving on the day to help us kick off a month of end of year giving to support our work serving children and youth in Chicagoland hospitals and at home recovering.  More to follow soon!

Meanwhile, see if your company has a matching gift program so you can double your impact!

What can my donation do for the organization?

With your generous donation here is a list of impactful ways Snow City Arts can continue providing comprehensive services to youth in hospitals

  • $25 — Set of watercolor paints for use in a visual arts workshop.*

  • $50 — Case of Model Magic, a high-quality, non-allergenic, sculpting clay that’s a staple of Snow City Arts workshops.*

  • $100 — Professional quality drawing pens and sketchbooks for 5 students.*

  • $250 — Final Cut subscription, a studio-quality music editing software.*

  • $500 — iPad for filmmaking, music editing, and stop-motion animation bedside.*

  • $1,000 — Year of visual arts supplies at one hospital partner: Lurie, Rush or UIC Children’s Hospital!*

  • $2,500 — One year of one of the HIPAA compliant versions of a software that make Virtual Learning one on one possible: Acuity, Asana, Docusign, Microsoft Teams or ZOOM.

Recent Events

Archived Workshop

Paint Along with Snow City Arts & Wheaton Public Library

Follow the archived paint along workshop offered October 17 by Snow City Arts  and Wheaton Public Library in celebration of Arts DuPage Month! SCA’s very own Teaching Artist Monica Acosta, leads a Zen-style, spontaneous approach to painting a sunset. Using simple forms and organic shapes created by overlapping layers of color. Paint along now!

Check out Arts DuPage

Support Snow City Arts while you shop this month!!

Jeremy Wright, Vice President of Snow City Arts Governing Board and owner of Thrift LLC,  invites you to a unique fundraising event in support of SCA.

“Thrift at Home focuses on providing high quality clothing and accessories at ridiculously affordable prices! We’re all about community building, so we try to partner with nonprofits and community organizations to help them fundraise at our pop up shops and events. We often partner with other minority owned businesses to increase visibility and provide cost sharing.”

100% of sales of items donated specifically for this event, and 20% of all other sales during the latter half of August, will be donated to Snow City Arts’ general operating funds, directly supporting the work it is doing with children and youth in Chicagoland hospitals. These funds will support the creation of bilingual instruction guides and materials kits for students at our hospital partners this summer and fall, to be used in conjunction with our new Virtual Learning workshops.

Click here to shop now until August 31st and click here to contribute to his August fundraiser with a cash donation or the purchase of Snow City Arts student artwork.

Snow City Arts Auxiliary Board VIRTUAL FUNdraiser!

The Snow City Arts Auxiliary Board held a live virtual event on April 24th to cap off their week long fundraising campaign. The event included a live art workshop led by our teaching artist, Allie Spicer, a raffle, and student music. Thank you to everyone who donated to their campaign and attended the live event. They raised over $4,400 to support more arts opportunities for children in the hospital.

Snow City Arts @ the MADD Center

Snow City Arts Teaching Artists utilize media and technology to both make artmaking accessible to students in the hospital room and to create space for inquiry and experimentation. Whether it’s visual arts, music, or filmmaking, each of our discipline areas incorporate new ways of using material and media. The Snow City Arts student work showcased in this exhibit exemplifies the mission of the MADD Center at The University of Chicago. The exhibition was a curated collection of Snow City Arts student artwork, such as stop motion animation, pixel art, and digital drawings. Snow City Arts held an opening on February 5th and an Open House on February 15th.

Team Snow City Arts 5k/15k!

Team Snow City Arts ran and walked a 5k/15k at the 2019 Hot Chocolate Race to support Snow City Arts. Last year we raised over $33,000 for the organization and to help inspire and educate children and youth in the hospital through the arts. This year over 30 runners have raised over $19,000 and counting for the organization. Thank you to all our runners and supporters!

Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors!

"Unspeakable" a piece done in acrylic markers on a natural stone by Snow City student Kobe. The pieces shows an abstract design of multicolored dots, stripes and forms.

Unspeakable by Kobe, age 11

Snow City Arts @ The Wheaton Public Library

Snow City Arts hosted an exhibition, highlighting artwork created by students at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital from October 2-30 at the Wheaton Public Library. Through drawings, paintings, photographs, music, and poetry, the exhibit showcasef the incredible creativity of youth at our four hospitals. The pieces are just a small sample of the work produced by Snow City Arts’ students at this site. On October 17th from 4-7 PM at the Wheaton Public Library, Snow City Arts Teaching Artists held an event with live poetry reading, music, and more!

A section of A Sun Also Rises

Snow City Arts at the Chicago Athletic Association

For the month of August 2019, Snow City Arts had an exhibit up in the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel’s Fine Arts Display Case. We are honored to be included in a group of exhibitors that includes the MCA and Virgil Abloh, Edra Soto, and Nikko Washington. On display was a large-scale collaborative student project, The Sun Also Rises, inspired by the artwork of Nevaeh, a Snow City Arts student. More than 85 students, ages 5-18, have worked on this mosaic since 2016. 

Snow City Arts teaching artists performed live music and poetry readings on Tuesday, August 20th to celebrate the mosaic and close out the exhibit. 

Play with Clay to benefit Snow City Arts

Board Members Bill Loumpouridis and David Ray hosted a pottery making session at The Pot Shop on Saturday, May 18th, from 7-9 PM for a fun evening benefiting Snow City Arts. Guests experienced a pottery wheel demonstration and were able to  create their own piece of art!

Tools and Techniques to Adapt Curriculum for Diverse Learners

Program Director Veronica Stein and our teaching artists Emmy Bean and Dan Kerr-Hobert presented at the 2019 Arts Education Conference: Cultivating Conditions for Growth hosted by Ingenuity and CPS Department of Arts Education.  They held an artmaking session that introduced tools and techniques for differentiated instruction and guided participants through a scaffolded activity benchmarked by Illinois Arts Learning Standards. They discussed how music, theater, and visual arts education intersect to provide multiple points of entry points for students with diverse physical and cognitive abilities.

Virtual Vinyasa Flow with the Snow City Arts Auxiliary Board

Join our Auxiliary Board for three summer yoga sessions from the convenience of your own home. Fourth Saturdays at 10 AM, Jamie Paulstian will lead a 60 minute class, followed by a time to get to know our Auxiliary Board and to learn more about Snow City Arts.  $15 for one, $30 for two, and $45 for three classes.  Choose form June 27, July 25 and August 29.

Registration is now open.

Springtime in Chicago

Snow City Arts Board Members Joe Schramm, Amy Bossov, Melissa McNeal Adams, and Bela Lopes hosted a family style meal in the beautiful upstairs private dining room at the Bucktown hot spot etta. Guests enjoyed a three course family style meal and shared a table with other Snow City Arts friends in support of Snow City Arts.

Framed in Time: 8-Bits and 80s Hits

On March 22nd, the Snow City Arts Auxiliary Board held its second annual Framed in Time event at the Chicago Party Animals Warehouse in the West Loop. This year’s theme was 8-Bits and 80s Hits! Guests enjoyed a fun night of art, music, Tito’s Vodka cocktails, beer from Revolution Brewery and Motor Row Brewery, food, a raffle, games, and much more. Over 70 folks came out to support Snow City Arts!

Marwen Career Fair

Snow City Arts was at the Marwen Career Fair on Saturday, March 23rd. The career fair provided opportunities for art students to explore multiple career paths in the arts. Our Exhibitions and Partnership Coordinator, Jess Leonard, was there to talk about her experience as both teaching artist and arts administrator. In addition to Snow City Arts, there was a great group of Chicago arts organizations.

Snow City Arts Auxiliary Board Happy Hour

Thanks to everyone who came to the Snow City Arts Auxiliary Board happy hour at Hubbard Inn on November 15th to help inspire and educate youth in the hospital through the arts.

Everyone’s $25 donation helped:

purchase a set of watercolor paints for use in a visual arts workshop

purchase a set of educational ukelele strings for a music workshop

purchase a part for a Gorillapod, a filming/photo tripod, for a media arts workshop

purchase books on rhyming for a creative writing workshop

TEAM SNOW CITY ARTS 2018

Thank you Team Snow City Arts! And thank you to everyone who supported Team Snow City Arts! The team surpassed its fundraising goal and raised over $30k! On Sunday, November 4th, Team Snow City Arts ran the Hot Chocolate 15k/5k in support of the organization and programming that inspires and educates children in the hospital through the arts.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Jacob, age 7, Untitled (3), Color Study

Student Exhibition and Showcase at Wheaton Public Library

From October 11th thru 30th, the Wheaton Public Library showcased Snow City Arts student artwork created over the past year and a half at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. The drawings, paintings, photographs, poems, and music exhibited were just a small sample of the art created by children and youth at this hospital. Snow City Arts was thrilled to partner with the Wheaton Library and publicly display this work, highlighting the wide array of talented students we work with every day.

501 (tee)(hee): A Fundraiser for Snow City Arts

Thank you to everyone who joined us at Navigator Taproom on Sunday, June 24th at 7pm in support of Snow City Arts. There were lots of laughs, raffle prizes, and so much to enjoy on a beautiful summer evening.

Thank you to the very talented people who performed that evening!
Rachel Barnes
Nick Chilson
Sandy Lee
Jess Martinez
Jesse Rothenberg
Hosted by Martin Felshman

FRAMED IN TIME: A Throwback to the 1920s

The Snow City Arts Auxiliary Board hosted its first annual signature event, FRAMED IN TIME at Underground Chicago on March 9th, 2018 to benefit the students of Snow City Arts.  This events theme was A Throwback to the 1920s in honor of Snow City Arts’ 20th Anniversary. Each proceeding year of the event will have a different theme based on a period of time. What will next year’s theme be?!

The 2018 FRAMED IN TIME featured a specialty cocktail with Tito’s Handmade Vodka, beer from Empirical Brewery, Temperance Beer Co., and Motor Row Brewery, as well as food from Sunda, interactive art-making and amazing raffle prizes.

For pictures of the event head over to our Facebook page.

TEAM MASCOT!
Overheating Robot
by Connor, age 16

TEAM SNOW CITY ARTS 2017

Thank you to everyone who ran with and supported Team Snow City Arts!!!

Team Snow City Arts ran the 5K/15K Hot Chocolate race on October 29th, 2017 in order to raise money to inspire and educate children and youth in hospitals through the arts.  They have raised over $30k so far but are trying to reach their stretch fundraising goal of $35k. Help them reach that goal!

Check out photos of Team Snow City Arts from this year’s race below.

Special thanks to our 2017 Team Snow City Arts Sponsors!

THE LANDROSH OPEN

On June 22, 2017 over 70 golfers enjoyed an afternoon at Harborside International Golf Center for The 4th Annual Landrosh Open, Marta and Patrick Landrosh’s golf charity event to benefit Snow City Arts. The event featured a Beat-the-Pro contest, a Putting Contest, and a Hole-in-One contest along with a silent auction and dinner. Thanks to our gold sponsors Park & Longstreet, IMC, and Builders Cabinet.

A few moments from the 2017 Landrosh Open. Photos courtesy of Lucas Anti.

For more photos of the fun, head to our Facebook page!

KENDRA GIVES BACK PARTY

Snow City Arts had a great Kendra Gives Back Party at the new Kendra Scott store on Southport Avenue! Kendra Scott has been making and selling unique jewelry and custom designs since 2002. With philanthropy as a core principle of her business model, the company gives back to communities by hosting events that benefit local nonprofits. On May 10th, 20% of the proceeds from sales benefited Snow City Arts. It was the perfect opportunity for those who stopped by to buy something nice for Mother’s Day.

Click here to learn more about Kendra Scott.

FORM: ART + floral

At this year’s FORM: ART + floral, florists and artists were paired up to work together to create a one-of-a-kind exhibit of visual mastery based off of the theme Hybrid Ground. The exhibit brought together artworks that push the boundaries of our understanding of space by reinventing familiar materials and proportions to create new interpretations of space, home and community place. The event took place at the beautiful Bridgeport Art Center and catering was provided by Inspired Catering and Feast & Imbibe. Thanks to all who came out to support FORM and Snow City Arts!

Take a look at some photos from this year’s FORM event, or our Facebook page for even more!

All photos courtesy of Spoon Photo & Design.

FAMILY ART NIGHT

On March 31st and April 7th, Snow City Arts representatives had the pleasure of being present for West Chicago’s Family Art Night. Snow City Arts was there celebrating our new hospital partnership with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, and also the Snow City Arts exhibition that is currently up at 103 W. Washington St. in West Chicago. The multidisciplinary exhibition showcases art work from our students at Chicagoland hospitals. The exhibition is in partnership with People Made Visible.

Click here to learn more about the exhibition and Family Art Night.