FAQ

If you have a question that is not answered on this page, or if you would like to provide feedback, please email us at info@skyart.org.  

General

Is your name South Chicago Art Center?
Not anymore! In 2015 we changed our name from South Chicago Art Center to SkyART. We still provide the same type of programming, but are expanding our services.

Are you a City agency?
No, we are a non-profit 501 (c) 3.

How are you funded?
We are funded by individuals, foundations, and government agencies. 

Are you located in the City of Chicago?
Yes. We are located in the City of Chicago, specifically in the neighborhood called South Chicago. The South Chicago neighborhood is about as far south and east in the City as you can go. The Art Center is located on 91st St, just a few blocks east of Commercial Ave.

Programming

Are all your programs free?
Yes, all programs are free and open to the public.

Why are all your programs free?
When the Center first started, a nominal fee was charged to each participant. When that session ended, the fee was dropped and attendance skyrocketed. It is not realistic to charge families in a low-income neighborhood, such as South Chicago. These families, many with several children, cannot afford it.

How do I sign my child up?
Your child must between 7-24 years old. A parent or guardian must to fill out the registration before the child begins class.

Do you offer music or performing arts classes?
No. Currently we offer visual art classes.

What types of visual art classes do you offer?
Drawing, painting, sculpture, book making, mask making, sewing, quilting, silk screening, multi-media, tie-dying, digital photography, and movie making are some of the classes we have offered/are offering.

Do you offer programs for adults?
We occasionally provide art workshops for adults; however our primary focus is on youth. If you are interested in participating in a workshop for adults, contact us at info@skyart.org.

Getting Involved

What volunteer opportunities do you offer?
Teaching, assisting with classes, class preparation, chaperoning on field trips, grant/funding research, data entry, filing, garden work, organizing, and cleaning are the main opportunities. If you have a volunteer idea that is not on this list, visit our Volunteer Page.

I’m interested in volunteering, who do I contact?
Email our Operations Manager, Laura P. Trejo, at laura@skyart.org. Please include how you would like to serve and when you are available.

Do you offer opportunities for teachers with little or no experience?
Yes. Interested individuals should complete our TEACHING ARTIST APPLICATION and email to Tasha Robinson at tasha@skyart.org along with a cover letter, resume, 3 references, availability, and proposed class curriculum.

I’m a college student. Can I intern at the South Chicago Art Center?
Yes. We have had greater success working with students who believe in what we do as opposed to those who are simply trying to get a good grade/obtain course credit. Visit our Internship page for more information on how to apply.

Donations

Do you accept art material donations?
Yes, we do! We are a small operation and are not always able to travel to pick up supplies. If you could drop them off (call to make sure we are there first) or mail them, that would be helpful. Also, please make sure that art materials are in good condition (markers that work, paints that are not dried up, etc.). We are happy to provide a letter for tax purposes.

I want to be added to your mailing list. Who do I contact?
Email development@skyart.org, and you will receive all of our amazing printed material!

How do I sign up for your electronic mailing list?
Click this link to be added to our electronic mailing list.

Directions

By Metra

SkyART is accessible from downtown via the Metra (Metra Electric Line to South Chicago)

*Do not get on the train that goes to University Park. The final destination will be 93rd Street/South Chicago.

  • Downtown stations are located at Michigan Avenue between Jackson & Van Buren Streets and
  • Michigan Avenue between South Water & Randolph Streets (Millennium Station).

Click here for schedule information.

  • Get off at the South Chicago (93rd St) stop. This is the final stop.
  • Walk south (in the opposite direction that the train traveled) 1 block to 91st St.
  • Turn left (west) and walk 1 ½ blocks to Houston Ave.
  • SkyART is located on the southwest corner of Houston and 91st street.

From Red Line ‘L’ Train

  • Take Read Line ‘L’ train to 69th St exit.
  • Transfer to #30 bus towards Hegewisch.
  • Exit bus at 91st and Houston.
  • SkyART is across the street on the southwest corner of Houston and 91st street

CTA buses that stop nearby are:

#30 South Chicago
#87 Eastbound
#71 71st Street Southbound
#95 E 93rd/95th

To plan your trip using the CTA, click here.