At IPaintMyMind, we have been devoted to access and equity since our very first days as an organization. In fact, the very foundation of who we are and what we believe rests on the idea that everyone should have access to art, and to a high quality art education. As a nonprofit, we spend all of our time thinking about how to better serve our community and how to adapt to a rapidly evolving set of needs. This has been especially true over the last few months, as Chicago and the whole world has gone toe-to-toe with the COVID-19 pandemic.
As Chicago Public Schools made the difficult but necessary decision to move all schools to remote learning for the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year, it became clear to us that our programs were going to look a lot different this year. We understand the unique barriers and obstacles being sprung on teachers and administrators throughout the city as you try to tackle remote learning, while at the same time managing underfunding, understaffing, and equity issues between students regarding their access to technology and support.
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