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Welcome back!


We hope you’ve been staying safe as we transition into the new year. As we’re gearing up for Spring 2022 courses, we are making critical decisions for the health and safety of our community, including requiring proof of vaccination for all in-person programming. Please review the information below. You’ll also learn about opportunities available for young people this Spring.


Download Marwen Covid Protocols for Spring 2022 HERE.


Registration | Spring 2022 Courses
January 26 - February 2

Marwen’s no-cost programs exist for young artists in Chicago who want to explore visual arts, can commit to an 10-week art class, are in 6th-12th grades during the 2021/22 school year, and do not have access to arts programming due to financial and systemic barriers. Learn more about our values and how we invest in the power of young artists.

What to know before you register:

  • Spring term includes 15 unique courses (both in-person and virtual options). Download Marwen Covid Protocols for Spring 2022 HERE.
  • Register for all courses at between January 26 - February 2, 2022.

  • Registration is open for one week. Course selections will be confirmed via email the following week.

  • Each course meets once a week and runs for 10 weeks from February 16 through April 30.

  • Course descriptions will be posted HERE.

Have questions? Reach out to us anytime at or via text at 312.374.2968.

Hire a Marwen artist for your next project!


Marwen’s new Commissions Program offers young people, alumni, emerging artists, and teaching artists valuable experience and employment opportunities. Our programs prioritize the participation of BIPOC/Queer artists to increase pathways for work and educational opportunities within communities historically not represented in arts and/or creative industries.


We are building a roster of Marwen artists for our commission programs, including young people, emerging artists, teaching artists, and alumni. If you are interested in working with an artist in Marwen’s community, please complete this interest form. A staff member will respond to you within 3-5 business days.

Join Marwen's Artist Roster and be considered for new commissioned projects!
Exciting news! We launched a new program at Marwen for emerging artists (18-24 years old), alumni, and teaching artists. The Independent Commission Program offers employment opportunities for artists through commission projects with partners.  
Commission work is a valuable way for artists to gain experience, build portfolios, and engage in creative professional work. Within this new program, we are building an Artist Roster to provide structure and clarity around commission requests that come through Marwen. Our goal is to create and support meaningful connections between artists and clients.
After you've added your information to the Artist Roster, Marwen will reach out with project opportunities based on the specific needs of the client, including art medium, skill set, and experience.
If you have experience or demonstrated interest in doing commission projects, please add your name and info to Marwen’s Artist Roster. Please note that we’re prioritizing BIPOC and queer artists and that previously accepted roster artists may update their materials and interest form each year.
Please contact Victoria Timpo at with any questions.

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January 26 - February 2
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