The South Chicago Art Center offers free after-school and in-school art classes to under-served youth on Chicago's South Side.
The Art Center has become a unique place in South Chicago. It is a storefront institution where kids use culture as a tool for social exchange. We serve as a sorely needed catalyst for community building. We believe that art and ideas are just as important to less-advantaged youth as they are to everybody else. Our mission is to provide a safe place for children after school; to bring arts education to local impoverished schools; to stimulate the imaginations of participants of all ages; to cultivate a sense of aesthetics; to boost self-esteem and intellectual curiosity; to decrease incidence of crime and substance abuse; and to promote friendship, solidarity and empowerment in the community.