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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Children & Youth, Health

Mission: The mission of the Snow City Arts Foundation is to use the arts as a catalyst for learning, thereby providing a regular educational and inspirational outlet for long-term hospitalized children. Every day, one of our Artists-in-Residence introduces a young patient to new creative experiences involving reading literature, writing poetry or a short story, learning to play a musical instrument, computer arts, or even learning photography and how to make short films. These activities help provide the kind of environment that meets not only educational and developmental needs, but also eases the hospital experience.

Results: In 2011 at our three sites, we engaged 1,065 students in 3,124 workshops for a total of 3,472 hours of instruction, and submitted the children’s work for credit at over 200 schools.

Target demographics: Annually, we work with over 1,000-1,500 school-aged hospitalized kids (varies based on hospital admissions over which we have no control), who come, primarily, from the greater Chicago area, while also drawing from the collar counties of Lake Michigan and neighboring states. Ethnically, our student/patients are African-American (50%), Asian (6%), Caucasian (20%), Latino (23%), and Other (1%). Approximately 46% of our student/patients are female and 54% are male. Roughly 70% are low income/working poor (100% at Stroger Hospital), 45% speak English as a second language, and 100% are considered disabled.

Geographic areas served: Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.

Programs: Visual Arts, Creative Writing, Music, Theatre, and Film

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