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Questions

What is Marwen, and what programs does it offer?
How do I become a Student?
How do I get my child/student involved?
How do I become a Teaching Artist?
How do I register for courses?
How do I request Marwen staff to speak at my school or organization?
What events can I attend?
How can I financially support Marwen?

Answers

Marwen is a nonprofit organization offering free, visual arts-based youth development programs for under-served Chicago students in grades 6-12. In a typical year, around 900 students from almost 300 schools travel to Marwen, where they take classes designed and taught by practicing artists.

Marwen was founded in 1987 by Chicago entrepreneur Steve Berkowitz, and moved into its current space at 833 North Orleans in 2000. Marwen contains three gallery spaces, eight state-of-the-art studios (including ceramics, technology, painting, mixed media, interdisciplinary, and photography), and administrative offices.

Read Marwen's latest Annual Report.
What is Marwen, and what programs does it offer?
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Marwen is a nonprofit organization offering free, visual arts-based youth development programs for under-served Chicago students in grades 6-12. In a typical year, around 900 students from almost 300 schools travel to Marwen, where they take classes designed and taught by practicing artists.

Marwen was founded in 1987 by Chicago entrepreneur Steve Berkowitz, and moved into its current space at 833 North Orleans in 2000. Marwen contains three gallery spaces, eight state-of-the-art studios (including ceramics, technology, painting, mixed media, interdisciplinary, and photography), and administrative offices.

Read Marwen's latest Annual Report.

Studio Programs - Free studio art courses for 6th through 12th graders are at the heart of Marwen’s mission. These rigorous after-school or weekend courses are taught by professional working artists in Marwen’s eight state-of-the-art studios and include all materials at no cost to the student. Marwen does not require students to have previous art-making experience, and at the end of each term, students’ work is exhibited in Marwen’s gallery spaces. See the current course guide for examples of offerings.

College and Career - Marwen’s college planning offers students and families guidance and resources through workshops, field trips, events, standardized test preparation, financial aid application information, and counseling. Career development programs teach students essential professional skills and provide on-the-job training in the arts.

Marwen Institute – The Marwen Institute provides programs for teaching artists and assistants to teach and learn in the arts. Professional Development programs explore best teaching practices through orientations, workshops, pre- and post-term meetings, the Peer-to-Peer Exchange program, the annual retreat, and the ongoing Teaching Artists Fellows Program.

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How do I become a Student?
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Studio Programs - Free studio art courses for 6th through 12th graders are at the heart of Marwen’s mission. These rigorous after-school or weekend courses are taught by professional working artists in Marwen’s eight state-of-the-art studios and include all materials at no cost to the student. Marwen does not require students to have previous art-making experience, and at the end of each term, students’ work is exhibited in Marwen’s gallery spaces. See the current course guide for examples of offerings.

College and Career - Marwen’s college planning offers students and families guidance and resources through workshops, field trips, events, standardized test preparation, financial aid application information, and counseling. Career development programs teach students essential professional skills and provide on-the-job training in the arts.

Marwen Institute – The Marwen Institute provides programs for teaching artists and assistants to teach and learn in the arts. Professional Development programs explore best teaching practices through orientations, workshops, pre- and post-term meetings, the Peer-to-Peer Exchange program, the annual retreat, and the ongoing Teaching Artists Fellows Program.

Read the blog

Studio Programs - Free studio art courses for 6th through 12th graders are at the heart of Marwen’s mission. These rigorous after-school or weekend courses are taught by professional working artists in Marwen’s eight state-of-the-art studios and include all materials at no cost to the student. Marwen does not require students to have previous art-making experience, and at the end of each term, students’ work is exhibited in Marwen’s gallery spaces. See the current course guide for examples of offerings.

College and Career - Marwen’s college planning offers students and families guidance and resources through workshops, field trips, events, standardized test preparation, financial aid application information, and counseling. Career development programs teach students essential professional skills and provide on-the-job training in the arts.

Marwen Institute – The Marwen Institute provides programs for teaching artists and assistants to teach and learn in the arts. Professional Development programs explore best teaching practices through orientations, workshops, pre- and post-term meetings, the Peer-to-Peer Exchange program, the annual retreat, and the ongoing Teaching Artists Fellows Program.

Read the blog
How do I get my child/student involved?
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Studio Programs - Free studio art courses for 6th through 12th graders are at the heart of Marwen’s mission. These rigorous after-school or weekend courses are taught by professional working artists in Marwen’s eight state-of-the-art studios and include all materials at no cost to the student. Marwen does not require students to have previous art-making experience, and at the end of each term, students’ work is exhibited in Marwen’s gallery spaces. See the current course guide for examples of offerings.

College and Career - Marwen’s college planning offers students and families guidance and resources through workshops, field trips, events, standardized test preparation, financial aid application information, and counseling. Career development programs teach students essential professional skills and provide on-the-job training in the arts.

Marwen Institute – The Marwen Institute provides programs for teaching artists and assistants to teach and learn in the arts. Professional Development programs explore best teaching practices through orientations, workshops, pre- and post-term meetings, the Peer-to-Peer Exchange program, the annual retreat, and the ongoing Teaching Artists Fellows Program.

Read the blog

Studio Programs - Free studio art courses for 6th through 12th graders are at the heart of Marwen’s mission. These rigorous after-school or weekend courses are taught by professional working artists in Marwen’s eight state-of-the-art studios and include all materials at no cost to the student. Marwen does not require students to have previous art-making experience, and at the end of each term, students’ work is exhibited in Marwen’s gallery spaces. See the current course guide for examples of offerings.

College and Career - Marwen’s college planning offers students and families guidance and resources through workshops, field trips, events, standardized test preparation, financial aid application information, and counseling. Career development programs teach students essential professional skills and provide on-the-job training in the arts.

Marwen Institute – The Marwen Institute provides programs for teaching artists and assistants to teach and learn in the arts. Professional Development programs explore best teaching practices through orientations, workshops, pre- and post-term meetings, the Peer-to-Peer Exchange program, the annual retreat, and the ongoing Teaching Artists Fellows Program.

Read the blog
How do I become a Teaching Artist?
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Studio Programs - Free studio art courses for 6th through 12th graders are at the heart of Marwen’s mission. These rigorous after-school or weekend courses are taught by professional working artists in Marwen’s eight state-of-the-art studios and include all materials at no cost to the student. Marwen does not require students to have previous art-making experience, and at the end of each term, students’ work is exhibited in Marwen’s gallery spaces. See the current course guide for examples of offerings.

College and Career - Marwen’s college planning offers students and families guidance and resources through workshops, field trips, events, standardized test preparation, financial aid application information, and counseling. Career development programs teach students essential professional skills and provide on-the-job training in the arts.

Marwen Institute – The Marwen Institute provides programs for teaching artists and assistants to teach and learn in the arts. Professional Development programs explore best teaching practices through orientations, workshops, pre- and post-term meetings, the Peer-to-Peer Exchange program, the annual retreat, and the ongoing Teaching Artists Fellows Program.

Read the blog

Studio Programs - Free studio art courses for 6th through 12th graders are at the heart of Marwen’s mission. These rigorous after-school or weekend courses are taught by professional working artists in Marwen’s eight state-of-the-art studios and include all materials at no cost to the student. Marwen does not require students to have previous art-making experience, and at the end of each term, students’ work is exhibited in Marwen’s gallery spaces. See the current course guide for examples of offerings.

College and Career - Marwen’s college planning offers students and families guidance and resources through workshops, field trips, events, standardized test preparation, financial aid application information, and counseling. Career development programs teach students essential professional skills and provide on-the-job training in the arts.

Marwen Institute – The Marwen Institute provides programs for teaching artists and assistants to teach and learn in the arts. Professional Development programs explore best teaching practices through orientations, workshops, pre- and post-term meetings, the Peer-to-Peer Exchange program, the annual retreat, and the ongoing Teaching Artists Fellows Program.

Read the blog
How do I register for courses?
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Studio Programs - Free studio art courses for 6th through 12th graders are at the heart of Marwen’s mission. These rigorous after-school or weekend courses are taught by professional working artists in Marwen’s eight state-of-the-art studios and include all materials at no cost to the student. Marwen does not require students to have previous art-making experience, and at the end of each term, students’ work is exhibited in Marwen’s gallery spaces. See the current course guide for examples of offerings.

College and Career - Marwen’s college planning offers students and families guidance and resources through workshops, field trips, events, standardized test preparation, financial aid application information, and counseling. Career development programs teach students essential professional skills and provide on-the-job training in the arts.

Marwen Institute – The Marwen Institute provides programs for teaching artists and assistants to teach and learn in the arts. Professional Development programs explore best teaching practices through orientations, workshops, pre- and post-term meetings, the Peer-to-Peer Exchange program, the annual retreat, and the ongoing Teaching Artists Fellows Program.

Read the blog

Studio Programs - Free studio art courses for 6th through 12th graders are at the heart of Marwen’s mission. These rigorous after-school or weekend courses are taught by professional working artists in Marwen’s eight state-of-the-art studios and include all materials at no cost to the student. Marwen does not require students to have previous art-making experience, and at the end of each term, students’ work is exhibited in Marwen’s gallery spaces. See the current course guide for examples of offerings.

College and Career - Marwen’s college planning offers students and families guidance and resources through workshops, field trips, events, standardized test preparation, financial aid application information, and counseling. Career development programs teach students essential professional skills and provide on-the-job training in the arts.

Marwen Institute – The Marwen Institute provides programs for teaching artists and assistants to teach and learn in the arts. Professional Development programs explore best teaching practices through orientations, workshops, pre- and post-term meetings, the Peer-to-Peer Exchange program, the annual retreat, and the ongoing Teaching Artists Fellows Program.

Read the blog
How do I request Marwen staff to speak at my school or organization?
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Studio Programs - Free studio art courses for 6th through 12th graders are at the heart of Marwen’s mission. These rigorous after-school or weekend courses are taught by professional working artists in Marwen’s eight state-of-the-art studios and include all materials at no cost to the student. Marwen does not require students to have previous art-making experience, and at the end of each term, students’ work is exhibited in Marwen’s gallery spaces. See the current course guide for examples of offerings.

College and Career - Marwen’s college planning offers students and families guidance and resources through workshops, field trips, events, standardized test preparation, financial aid application information, and counseling. Career development programs teach students essential professional skills and provide on-the-job training in the arts.

Marwen Institute – The Marwen Institute provides programs for teaching artists and assistants to teach and learn in the arts. Professional Development programs explore best teaching practices through orientations, workshops, pre- and post-term meetings, the Peer-to-Peer Exchange program, the annual retreat, and the ongoing Teaching Artists Fellows Program.

Read the blog

Studio Programs - Free studio art courses for 6th through 12th graders are at the heart of Marwen’s mission. These rigorous after-school or weekend courses are taught by professional working artists in Marwen’s eight state-of-the-art studios and include all materials at no cost to the student. Marwen does not require students to have previous art-making experience, and at the end of each term, students’ work is exhibited in Marwen’s gallery spaces. See the current course guide for examples of offerings.

College and Career - Marwen’s college planning offers students and families guidance and resources through workshops, field trips, events, standardized test preparation, financial aid application information, and counseling. Career development programs teach students essential professional skills and provide on-the-job training in the arts.

Marwen Institute – The Marwen Institute provides programs for teaching artists and assistants to teach and learn in the arts. Professional Development programs explore best teaching practices through orientations, workshops, pre- and post-term meetings, the Peer-to-Peer Exchange program, the annual retreat, and the ongoing Teaching Artists Fellows Program.

Read the blog
What events can I attend?
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Studio Programs - Free studio art courses for 6th through 12th graders are at the heart of Marwen’s mission. These rigorous after-school or weekend courses are taught by professional working artists in Marwen’s eight state-of-the-art studios and include all materials at no cost to the student. Marwen does not require students to have previous art-making experience, and at the end of each term, students’ work is exhibited in Marwen’s gallery spaces. See the current course guide for examples of offerings.

College and Career - Marwen’s college planning offers students and families guidance and resources through workshops, field trips, events, standardized test preparation, financial aid application information, and counseling. Career development programs teach students essential professional skills and provide on-the-job training in the arts.

Marwen Institute – The Marwen Institute provides programs for teaching artists and assistants to teach and learn in the arts. Professional Development programs explore best teaching practices through orientations, workshops, pre- and post-term meetings, the Peer-to-Peer Exchange program, the annual retreat, and the ongoing Teaching Artists Fellows Program.

Read the blog

Studio Programs - Free studio art courses for 6th through 12th graders are at the heart of Marwen’s mission. These rigorous after-school or weekend courses are taught by professional working artists in Marwen’s eight state-of-the-art studios and include all materials at no cost to the student. Marwen does not require students to have previous art-making experience, and at the end of each term, students’ work is exhibited in Marwen’s gallery spaces. See the current course guide for examples of offerings.

College and Career - Marwen’s college planning offers students and families guidance and resources through workshops, field trips, events, standardized test preparation, financial aid application information, and counseling. Career development programs teach students essential professional skills and provide on-the-job training in the arts.

Marwen Institute – The Marwen Institute provides programs for teaching artists and assistants to teach and learn in the arts. Professional Development programs explore best teaching practices through orientations, workshops, pre- and post-term meetings, the Peer-to-Peer Exchange program, the annual retreat, and the ongoing Teaching Artists Fellows Program.

Read the blog
How can I financially support Marwen?
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Studio Programs - Free studio art courses for 6th through 12th graders are at the heart of Marwen’s mission. These rigorous after-school or weekend courses are taught by professional working artists in Marwen’s eight state-of-the-art studios and include all materials at no cost to the student. Marwen does not require students to have previous art-making experience, and at the end of each term, students’ work is exhibited in Marwen’s gallery spaces. See the current course guide for examples of offerings.

College and Career - Marwen’s college planning offers students and families guidance and resources through workshops, field trips, events, standardized test preparation, financial aid application information, and counseling. Career development programs teach students essential professional skills and provide on-the-job training in the arts.

Marwen Institute – The Marwen Institute provides programs for teaching artists and assistants to teach and learn in the arts. Professional Development programs explore best teaching practices through orientations, workshops, pre- and post-term meetings, the Peer-to-Peer Exchange program, the annual retreat, and the ongoing Teaching Artists Fellows Program.

Read the blog
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