is a community arts studio in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. Formerly known as Pros Arts Studio—an organizational rebranding took place in late 2012—the name has changed but our mission remains the same!

3rd Annual: Art As Our First Language Spring Fundraiser

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Camp Carnaval

(Ages 6-10)

What do you bring to this popular celebration? Participants will learn about the tradition of Carnaval and the diversity of Latin America through the creation of fantastic props, musical instruments and vibrant costumes. Students will work with teaching artists on a theme, which will guide the art-making process. Final showcase will take place on April 11th.

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(High School Students)

Immerse yourself into the world of entertainment management while learning about Hip Hop culture and organizing the Annual We Are Hip Hop Festival. Projects are used to positively promote Hip Hop music and its elements while cultivating young adults as community leaders. Through participation, teens will learn to think critically while addressing violence in Chicago and issues directly affecting youth. Teens will grasp marketing and promotions, event coordinating and positive social media skills, as well as leadership and professional development.

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Tejer y Poder

(High School Students)

Learn how to knit, crochet and design your own handcrafted projects! Apprentices receive an award of up to $100. Tejer y Poder is a fiber-arts program where apprentices learn and practice traditional and contemporary forms as a means to explore cultural identity, labor and social issues. In addition, apprentices learn about marketing, merchandising and self-promotion skills and business plans, which will prepare them to sell their goods in the future.

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Social Photography
and the Document

(High School Students)

Students will learn to take high-quality photographic images  and how to plan a photographic / multimedia project  while earning $100 for participation. Social Photography and the Document is a digital photography program that provides teens with an advanced opportunity to further develop skills in the medium of digital photography while learning new practices in research-based, social art-making practices. Students will go beyond digital photography and develop new skills in digital video/sound production creating multi-media projects focused on current social and community-based themes of interest.

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34th Annual Day of the Dead Celebration: Muertos de la Risa with a Sugar Skull Rush

This year, ElevArte Community Studio’s 34th Annual Day of the Dead celebration: Muertos de la Risa with a Sugar Skull Rush is the first of a three-year community wellness campaign. Current research by the Consortium To Lower Obesity In Chicago Children (CLOCC) states that “children in Pilsen have a much higher obesity prevalence rate than US children of similar ages,” and ElevArte has chosen to use their signature event as a platform to advance and support national efforts on issues of health education. Held on Friday, November 1st @ Dvorak Park in the Pilsen neighborhood: the evening features a community procession, spectacle and ancestral remembrance activities.


Monstrochika: Now Leading Tejer & Poder

Naomi Martinez, aka Monstrochika is ElevArte’s newest teaching artist, this fall she begins leading the popular Tejer y Poder program that starts on October 1st. The teen apprenticeship focuses on traditional and contemporary forms of fiber-arts as participants explore cultural identity, labor and social issues.