Afrofuturism: A Beginner’s Guide Link

Afrofuturism: A Beginner’s Guide

Whether or not you have heard the term Afrofuturism before, you have almost definitely encountered the work of Afrofuturists, whether it was Parliament Funkadelic and their giant flying saucer, the kingdom of Wakanda, or the brash, expressive paintings of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Chicago itself has been home to some of...

Sep 20, 2021
11 Mexican Artists Working in Chicago To Support This Mexican Independence Day Link

11 Mexican Artists Working in Chicago To Support This Mexican Independence Day

This Thursday is Mexican Independence Day, and we wanted to celebrate by pointing you towards 11 amazing Mexican artists working in Chicago today to learn about, support, and even purchase some new prints from!  Chicago has a long and rich history of Mexican art, and we’re lucky to have...

Sep 13, 2021
Unpacking One Of The Lesson Plans From The IPMM Arts Education Curriculum Link

Unpacking One Of The Lesson Plans From The IPMM Arts Education Curriculum

The 2021/22 IPMM Arts Education Curriculum is live and available for purchase right now! We’re so excited to put this labor of love out into the world, to share with our community of teachers and educators. This comprehensive curriculum is 80+ pages long and includes 16 remixable and reusable...

Sep 06, 2021
An Open Letter To Our Community And A Promise To Educators Link

An Open Letter To Our Community And A Promise To Educators

Two months ago, we delivered art supplies to an elementary school partnering with IPaintMyMind. Dropping off paint, sketchbooks, brushes, and more, we met with Stephany Jimenez, the energetic young art teacher at Seward Elementary who participated in our Shared Walls Program in 20/21 despite the pandemic, and added so...

Aug 30, 2021
Back to School: How Classroom Teachers Can Get The Most Out Of The IPMM Art Curriculum Link

Back to School: How Classroom Teachers Can Get The Most Out Of The IPMM Art Curriculum

It’s that time of the year again! Students and teachers are heading back to the classroom, for the first full year of in-person instruction since the outbreak of Covid-19. In many cases, electives like art, music, and drama fell by the wayside during the pandemic, as core classes became...

Aug 23, 2021
7 Fantastic Books About Surrealism: Going Way Beyond Salvador Dali Link

7 Fantastic Books About Surrealism: Going Way Beyond Salvador Dali

When you think of Surrealism, do you visualize melting clocks and a pencil-thin mustache? Many of us see Salvador Dali as the face and spirit of Surrealism. Although his strange, melancholy, and dream-like scenes certainly fit the bill, to stop there would be a tragedy. The Surrealist movement was...

Aug 16, 2021
Not (Just) Dead White Guys: Coloring Book, Learning Resouce, and Print Release Link

Not (Just) Dead White Guys: Coloring Book, Learning Resouce, and Print Release

So what do Michelangelo, Leonardo Davinci, Vincent Van Gogh, and Pablo Picasso all have in common? Well, apparently, they’re the only artists anyone wants to talk about.  Oh, and they’re all (long) dead white guys.  If you go by the art curriculums in most classrooms, artists are mostly old,...

Aug 13, 2021
5 Reasons Why Gig Posters Are The Most Accessible Way To Begin Collecting Art Link

5 Reasons Why Gig Posters Are The Most Accessible Way To Begin Collecting Art

For many people the visual arts can feel aloof, elite, and inconsequential. What value could that 30-ft pink statue or a splattered canvas really impart anyway? And besides, why should I pay astronomical amounts of money just to get a glimpse of these pieces of art? That’s why I...

Aug 09, 2021
Infinitely Remixable: The IPMM 2021/22 Art Education Curriculum Link

Infinitely Remixable: The IPMM 2021/22 Art Education Curriculum

Last year, we launched the First Edition of the IPMM Arts Education Curriculum. Informed by our work in and out of art classrooms all over the City of Chicago and the gaps that we saw within existing arts education frameworks, the curriculum was a labor of love and a...

Aug 02, 2021

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