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REALIZING LIMITLESS POTENTIAL
THROUGH THE ARTS
WE LOVE WHAT WE DO

CORE VALUES

Totality • Creativity • Accessibility• Responsiveness

 Accessibility – SkyART removes barriers – promoting participation in our programs, connection with other institutions and communities, and access to the broader world. Stability – SkyART is a consistent presence – the “third place” after home and school, where participants develop meaningful relationships and experience a feeling of extended family  Totality – SkyART is committed to reaching the whole person – recognizing that every participant has a unique life experience characterized by their own needs, assets and interests Responsiveness – SkyART innovates – adapting programs to the evolving context within which we work, fostering civic engagement, cultural democracy and social well-being
THE DIFFERENCE WE MAKE
PROGRAMS

OUR INITIATIVE

SkyART uses free visual arts programming as a vehicle for young people to create, to communicate effectively, and to learn the essential skills and creative thinking needed to succeed.

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COMMUNITY

SCHOOL

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

STUDIO

WE ARE A TEAM

STAFF

  • Sarah is the Founder and Executive Director of SkyART. She has been educating less fortunate youth in the arts since 1993. She is responsible for developing and implementing art programming for youth in South Chicago, fundraising, and supervising master level art therapy interns. She brings important professional assets to SkyART. She has a masterʼs degree in art therapy and is a registered art therapist. She believes that art plays a vital role not only in cognitive development and personal well-being, but also in community building and social responsibility.

  • Tasha joined SkyART as Director of Programs after more than 10 years of work in youth development and program management. She received her B.S. in Business Management/Human Resources with a minor in Psychology from Bradley University and has experience in for-profit and non-profit management. She also has dedicated much of her non-profit work around youth services, particularly in mentoring programs and volunteers as a mentor to young girls. In her current role as Director of Operations, she serves as a partner with the executive director on the organization’s financial and administrative processes, with an eye on continuously improving the organization’s operations.

  • Billy joined SkyART as Director of Development after receiving his MFA in Studio Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (where he also lectures part-time). In addition to his art training, his background includes work in non-profit development, municipal government and project management. He has also worked as a preschool teacher on a farm in Iowa, as a sound engineer at the worldʼs “almost largest” gothic cathedral and as a crewman on a lobster boat off the coast of Maine. Billyʼs work as an artist is informed by a passionate commitment to social justice, and he brings that same passion to his work in his new role as Director of Creative Strategies.

SARAH WARD TASHA ROBINSON BILLY McGUINNESS JASMINE KWONG
Executive Director Director of Operations Director of Creative Strategies Assistant Director of Development
  • Lydia joined the SkyArt team as a seasoned art educator. She has worked as a teaching artist and classroom art teacher for nearly 10 years, serving students of all ages. She has her Bachelor's in Fine Arts from DePaul University and her Masters of Art Education from Boston University. Lydia is responsible for cultivating and managing school relationships and leading the development of community engagement programs. She is also in charge of leading efforts in researching, assessing, and prioritizing the needs of the community, schools, and youth served by SkyART.

  • Alinna joined SkyART as a new Chicago resident. She moved from Miami in search of a vibrant community and an opportunity to work with young people. As Program Manager, Alinna uses her BFA degree in Studio Art from Florida State University, as well as previous work experiences as a teaching artist to manage SkyART studios. She is committed to maintaining a safe and effective environment for all participants.

  • As Operations Coordinator, Brittany is responsible for day-to-day operations and administrative duties. She works with senior staff to ensure efficient flow of office, data, and development activities. Brittany has a BA in Business Management from Chicago State University. She is a native Chicagoan and has experience working in the nonprofit sector. Brittany also served as a volunteer for the Kids Club Program at the South Chicago YMCA, as well as a Best Buddies mentor at Kenwood Academy High School.

  • Kris was excited to return to SkyART after several years studying and living abroad. Her prior work with SkyART was as Studio and Programs Manager. In her current role as Consultant, Creative Strategies, she helps facilitate SkyWAY and ThirdSpace programming as well as provides leadership and support in development marketing strategy and collateral. She holds a BFA in Studio Art from Columbia College Chicago, an MA in Digital Media: Technology and Cultural Form from Goldsmiths, University of London and an MA in Letters, Art & Contemporary Thought from Université Paris 7 Diderot in Paris, France.

LYDIA MERRILL ALINNA DIAZ BRITTANY BURKE KRIS CASEY
Program Manager, Schools Program Manager, Studio Operations Coordinator Consultant, Creative Strategies
BOARD OF DIRECTORS

CHAIR

Barb Markoff-Eggener

VICE-CHAIR

Roberta Kramer

SECRETARY

Nicola Meyer Orlov, MD, MPH

TREASURER

Morgan Hughes

Mary Frances Budig

Christopher S. Dubose

 

Theaster Gates Jr.

Jennifer Marlowe

John O’Malley

Joe Reinstein

Jeanne Rogers

Jackie Samuel

Becca Schanberg

David Tune

Susana Vasquez

FUNDERS

SkyART is supported by an amazing community. Your support helps to inspire thousands of Chicago youth Thank you to all of the people whose generosity made our work possible in the most recently completed fiscal year (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016)

Foundation

Alphawood Foundation, Anonymous, ArtsWork Fund, Caerus Foundation, Inc., The Chicago Community Trust, Crown Family Philanthropies, Dr. Scholl Foundation, Earl and Brenda Shapiro Foundation, The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust, The Field Foundation of Illinois, Helen Brach Foundation, Irving Harris

Foundation, Jackson National Community Fund, John R. Houlsby Foundation, Pierce Family Charitable Foundation, Prince Charitable Trusts, Polk Bros Foundation, and The Reva & David Logan Foundation.

Corporate

ABC7 News, Boeing, Bloomberg, Ford Motor Company, GrubHub, Heritage Auctions, Northern Trust Charitable Trust, PrivateBank, Peoples Gas, and Wintrust.

Government

City of Chicago/DCASE: CityArts, City of Chicago/Department of Family Support Services, Illinois Arts Council, Illinois Arts Council Summer Youth Employment, and National Endowment for the Arts.

WE ARE LEARNING EVERY DAY
WE TEACH

Drawing

Painting

Multi Media

Technology

Sculpture

OUR PROGRAMS ARE FREE TO STUDENTS FROM AGE 4 TO 24

CONTACT US

We would love to hear from you.

E-MAIL:

PHONE NUMBER:

info@skyart.org

(773)731-9287

ADDRESS:

3026 E. 91st Street, Chicago, IL 60617

Monday - Friday: 9-6 pm Saturday & Sunday: Closed

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MISSION & CORE CONCEPTS

SkyART provides free, safe, creative spaces where young people are empowered and new connections are made.