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Bright and bold artwork becomes the new “Face of Marwen.”

 

Watch a short video about the project: The Face of Marwen

 

(Chicago, IL – March 6, 2018) In Fall of 2017, as part of an advanced course called “The Face of Marwen” and with support from Exelon Corporation, 15 Chicago high school student artists were commissioned to create original artwork for Marwen’s building in River North. Mounted in February 2018, the art is featured prominently on both a billboard-sized banner (21 x 40 feet) on the north face of the building and within a lightbox gallery (21.5 x 7.5 feet) in the west facing windows on Orleans Street. The bright and bold pieces bring new life and energy as the new face of Marwen.

 

Under the guidance of Lisa Lindvay (photographer, teaching artist, and Assistant Manager of Studio Programs & Digital Learning at Marwen) and Jasmine Clark (photographer and Studio Facilitator at Marwen), the students collaborated for 10 weeks to design art that authentically represents their voices and the Marwen experience.

 

The artwork features text and imagery that embodies the mission and culture of Marwen. "Our idea was based on being ‘Seriously Playful’ with adding bold pops of color to portraits and still lifes...to make a coherent piece that we think best represents Marwen's individuality,” said Davita Miranda, a Marwen student who participated in the commissioned program.

 

Students enhanced their skills in studio photography and graphic design, toured a local print shop, studied contemporary photography trends, researched audiences, and gained client-based presentation skills.

 

“Their connection to each other allowed them to feel good about putting themselves out there and the images of themselves -- literally -- on a billboard-sized banner,” shared Lisa Lindvay. “That’s really brave for teenagers and really anyone. It takes a lot of guts.”


 

Current Marwen high school students (ages 15-18) applied and were hired for the course. They were asked to create two art concepts for Marwen’s building and and present them to a client critique panel comprised of noted artists, curators, architects, and Marwen staff, including Joy Bivins (Director of Curatorial Affairs, Chicago History Museum), Dan Wheeler (Principal at Wheeler Kearn Architects), Joy Meek (Principal at Wheeler Kearn Architects), Naomi Beckwith (Curator at Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago), Antonia Contro (artist and President and CEO at Marwen), and Cynthia Weiss (Director of Education at Marwen).

 

“I was highly impressed with the level of professionalism and thoughtfulness that students brought to the project,” said Joy Bivins. “They shared their ideas equitably and with authority and took suggestions and comments in a way that showed their commitment to doing the job well—which, of course, they did. It was a pleasure to participate.”

 

The program was funded by Exelon, which proudly supports innovative programs related to education, arts and culture, neighborhood development, and the environment through philanthropic and employee volunteer efforts. “Exelon is a longstanding supporter of Marwen because the artistic opportunities it provides enriches the lives of students and brightens the whole community,” said Maggie FitzPatrick, Exelon senior vice president of corporate affairs, philanthropy and customer engagement. “We’re proud to help young artists share their aesthetic at Marwen’s new building honoring its 30th anniversary and enduring commitment to artistic excellence.”

 

“By offering client-based, commissioned work to high school students, we’re honing their technical and conceptual skills while helping them imagine and explore career pathways,” said Antonia Contro, President and CEO at Marwen. “And we’re building valuable creative partnerships that have reciprocal benefits for both the students and our supporters.”

 

Students who participated in “The Face of Marwen” course include Augustin F. (Class of 2018), Daria Z. (2019), Lizbeth R. (2018), Aisha H. (2019), Lila N. (2020), Aileen C. (2019), Adam G. (2018), David G. (2018), Joselyn C. (2018), Cleo C. (2018), Ana C. (2020), Jennifer V. (2020), Alexa R. (2018), Zarifa S. (2019), and Davita M. (2019).

 

Photography and video are available of the student process, public art installation (timelapse video and drone footage), and final artwork. Watch a 2-minute video about the project.

 

ABOUT MARWEN

 

Since 1987, Marwen has educated and inspired young people from Chicago’s under-resourced communities and schools through the visual arts. Now, in its 31st year and having served more than 10,000 students, Marwen continues to provide free art courses, college planning, and career development programs to 6-12th graders who have come from 55 of Chicago’s 57 zip codes. For more information visit http://marwen.org

 

Marwen Mounts Large-Scale Commissioned Public Artworks Designed by Chicago Students
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Bright and bold artwork becomes the new “Face of Marwen.”

 

Watch a short video about the project: The Face of Marwen

 

(Chicago, IL – March 6, 2018) In Fall of 2017, as part of an advanced course called “The Face of Marwen” and with support from Exelon Corporation, 15 Chicago high school student artists were commissioned to create original artwork for Marwen’s building in River North. Mounted in February 2018, the art is featured prominently on both a billboard-sized banner (21 x 40 feet) on the north face of the building and within a lightbox gallery (21.5 x 7.5 feet) in the west facing windows on Orleans Street. The bright and bold pieces bring new life and energy as the new face of Marwen.

 

Under the guidance of Lisa Lindvay (photographer, teaching artist, and Assistant Manager of Studio Programs & Digital Learning at Marwen) and Jasmine Clark (photographer and Studio Facilitator at Marwen), the students collaborated for 10 weeks to design art that authentically represents their voices and the Marwen experience.

 

The artwork features text and imagery that embodies the mission and culture of Marwen. "Our idea was based on being ‘Seriously Playful’ with adding bold pops of color to portraits and still lifes...to make a coherent piece that we think best represents Marwen's individuality,” said Davita Miranda, a Marwen student who participated in the commissioned program.

 

Students enhanced their skills in studio photography and graphic design, toured a local print shop, studied contemporary photography trends, researched audiences, and gained client-based presentation skills.

 

“Their connection to each other allowed them to feel good about putting themselves out there and the images of themselves -- literally -- on a billboard-sized banner,” shared Lisa Lindvay. “That’s really brave for teenagers and really anyone. It takes a lot of guts.”


 

Current Marwen high school students (ages 15-18) applied and were hired for the course. They were asked to create two art concepts for Marwen’s building and and present them to a client critique panel comprised of noted artists, curators, architects, and Marwen staff, including Joy Bivins (Director of Curatorial Affairs, Chicago History Museum), Dan Wheeler (Principal at Wheeler Kearn Architects), Joy Meek (Principal at Wheeler Kearn Architects), Naomi Beckwith (Curator at Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago), Antonia Contro (artist and President and CEO at Marwen), and Cynthia Weiss (Director of Education at Marwen).

 

“I was highly impressed with the level of professionalism and thoughtfulness that students brought to the project,” said Joy Bivins. “They shared their ideas equitably and with authority and took suggestions and comments in a way that showed their commitment to doing the job well—which, of course, they did. It was a pleasure to participate.”

 

The program was funded by Exelon, which proudly supports innovative programs related to education, arts and culture, neighborhood development, and the environment through philanthropic and employee volunteer efforts. “Exelon is a longstanding supporter of Marwen because the artistic opportunities it provides enriches the lives of students and brightens the whole community,” said Maggie FitzPatrick, Exelon senior vice president of corporate affairs, philanthropy and customer engagement. “We’re proud to help young artists share their aesthetic at Marwen’s new building honoring its 30th anniversary and enduring commitment to artistic excellence.”

 

“By offering client-based, commissioned work to high school students, we’re honing their technical and conceptual skills while helping them imagine and explore career pathways,” said Antonia Contro, President and CEO at Marwen. “And we’re building valuable creative partnerships that have reciprocal benefits for both the students and our supporters.”

 

Students who participated in “The Face of Marwen” course include Augustin F. (Class of 2018), Daria Z. (2019), Lizbeth R. (2018), Aisha H. (2019), Lila N. (2020), Aileen C. (2019), Adam G. (2018), David G. (2018), Joselyn C. (2018), Cleo C. (2018), Ana C. (2020), Jennifer V. (2020), Alexa R. (2018), Zarifa S. (2019), and Davita M. (2019).

 

Photography and video are available of the student process, public art installation (timelapse video and drone footage), and final artwork. Watch a 2-minute video about the project.

 

ABOUT MARWEN

 

Since 1987, Marwen has educated and inspired young people from Chicago’s under-resourced communities and schools through the visual arts. Now, in its 31st year and having served more than 10,000 students, Marwen continues to provide free art courses, college planning, and career development programs to 6-12th graders who have come from 55 of Chicago’s 57 zip codes. For more information visit http://marwen.org

 

 

 

(Chicago, IL – March 1, 2018) Marwen’s annual Career Fair, which attracts hundreds of Chicago middle and high school students and their families, will be held on Saturday, March 10, noon to 1:30 pm at Marwen, 833 North Orleans Street. The event is free and open to the public. Attendees have the opportunity to meet representatives from 30+ creative career fields, including animation, engineering, journalism, graphic design, and theater.

 

 

 

“Sometimes parents and students can be apprehensive about a career in the arts,” said Roosevelt Pittman, a Marwen teaching artist who is also a Senior Environment Artist at High-Voltage Software and part-time faculty at Columbia College. “They might not know what that lifestyle looks like. At Career Fair, I have the opportunity to interact with students, providing insight into the life of a working artist. Their dreams, however big they may be, don’t have to be out of reach.”

 

 

 

Participants include freelance artists and designers and the following companies and organizations: The Art Institute of Chicago, CAN TV, CatTrigger Animation and Design, Coya Paz, High Voltage Software, Landon Bone Baker Architects, Maria Pinto, National Museum of Mexican Art, The People's Music School, Sprout Social, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Yollocalli Arts Reach. Marwen’s College, Career, & Alumni team works with students, alumni, and their families as they transition to high school, college, or the workforce, helping them identify pathways to reach their goals.

 

Photography and video are welcome during the event; please arrange in advance by contacting Kennon Reinard at kreinard@marwen.org. See photos from last year’s event here.

Photos: (top) Marwen alum Isaac Tellez and teaching artist Roosevelt Pittman; (bottom) a paper artist shows her work to students and answers questions about her practice.

 

ABOUT MARWEN

Since 1987, Marwen has educated and inspired young people from Chicago’s under-resourced communities and schools through the visual arts. Now, in its 31st year and having served more than 10,000 students, Marwen continues to provide free art courses, college planning, and career development programs to 6-12th graders who have come from 55 of Chicago’s 57 zip codes. For more information visit http://marwen.org

 

Marwen Hosts Free Career Fair for Chicago Students
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(Chicago, IL – March 1, 2018) Marwen’s annual Career Fair, which attracts hundreds of Chicago middle and high school students and their families, will be held on Saturday, March 10, noon to 1:30 pm at Marwen, 833 North Orleans Street. The event is free and open to the public. Attendees have the opportunity to meet representatives from 30+ creative career fields, including animation, engineering, journalism, graphic design, and theater.

 

 

 

“Sometimes parents and students can be apprehensive about a career in the arts,” said Roosevelt Pittman, a Marwen teaching artist who is also a Senior Environment Artist at High-Voltage Software and part-time faculty at Columbia College. “They might not know what that lifestyle looks like. At Career Fair, I have the opportunity to interact with students, providing insight into the life of a working artist. Their dreams, however big they may be, don’t have to be out of reach.”

 

 

 

Participants include freelance artists and designers and the following companies and organizations: The Art Institute of Chicago, CAN TV, CatTrigger Animation and Design, Coya Paz, High Voltage Software, Landon Bone Baker Architects, Maria Pinto, National Museum of Mexican Art, The People's Music School, Sprout Social, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Yollocalli Arts Reach. Marwen’s College, Career, & Alumni team works with students, alumni, and their families as they transition to high school, college, or the workforce, helping them identify pathways to reach their goals.

 

Photography and video are welcome during the event; please arrange in advance by contacting Kennon Reinard at kreinard@marwen.org. See photos from last year’s event here.

Photos: (top) Marwen alum Isaac Tellez and teaching artist Roosevelt Pittman; (bottom) a paper artist shows her work to students and answers questions about her practice.

 

ABOUT MARWEN

Since 1987, Marwen has educated and inspired young people from Chicago’s under-resourced communities and schools through the visual arts. Now, in its 31st year and having served more than 10,000 students, Marwen continues to provide free art courses, college planning, and career development programs to 6-12th graders who have come from 55 of Chicago’s 57 zip codes. For more information visit http://marwen.org

 

Dear friend of Marwen,
 
It is with an immense amount of gratitude and a profound sense of fulfillment that I announce that I will be stepping down from my post as President and CEO of Marwen this spring.

For the past 25 years I have had the enormous privilege of helping to guide our organization's art education and youth development programs as they have evolved in artistically, educationally, socially, and politically powerful ways. During my time, Marwen has grown from a $300,000 organization attended by a handful of young people into a $3 million nationally heralded arts education institution that has served over 10,000 students from under-resourced communities and schools. Marwen opened its doors with a staff of two, a nascent arts curriculum, and two studios. Today, a staff of 25 oversees 150 studio, college planning, and career development programs in a Marwen-owned state of the art facility and arts campus.

It has been an honor to work with extraordinarily talented and inspiring colleagues and an exceptional Board of Directors; to oversee two capital campaigns and building expansion projects, to build a $9M investment portfolio, and to amplify Marwen's national reputation. Above all else, it has been a joy to witness the successes of our students as they have constructed and navigated their futures and become our next generation of arts leaders. Marwen is in an unequivocal position of strength and is poised to continue its relevant role as one of Chicago's most successful arts incubators.

Our recent 30th anniversary and my own 25-year tenure elegantly bookend a career and an avocation that has connected my conviction that the arts must be an integral part of every young person's life with my committed practice as a visual artist. Now, it is my time to reimagine my artistic life in ways that allow me to be as generative and creative as I have always aspired to be.

When I reflect upon my role in the world as an artist, I realize how much I have learned from and been inspired by everyone who has entered the doors of Marwen. I will always hold close Marwen's generative and creative spirit, and the students, staff, teaching artists, alumni, trustees, and donors who made this wonderful journey so meaningful and hopeful.

My last day at Marwen will be June 1. After that, you will find me in my studio, working collaboratively with other artists as well as scientists, musicians, and philosophers-and contemplating new opportunities to advance the arts.

Marwen's Board leadership will soon announce plans for my succession. I hope to see you at Paintbrush Ball on June 2, where I have the privilege of being honored, an appropriate venue in which to bid all of you adieu.

I thank you-each and every one of you who believes in Marwen, this magnificent experiment that proved itself invincible. I applaud all of you who celebrate diverse artistic voices and stand behind excellent education for a democratic whole.
 

Antonia Contro
President and CEO
 
 
Antonia Contro

 

Special Announcement from our President & CEO, Antonia Contro
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Dear friend of Marwen,
 
It is with an immense amount of gratitude and a profound sense of fulfillment that I announce that I will be stepping down from my post as President and CEO of Marwen this spring.

For the past 25 years I have had the enormous privilege of helping to guide our organization's art education and youth development programs as they have evolved in artistically, educationally, socially, and politically powerful ways. During my time, Marwen has grown from a $300,000 organization attended by a handful of young people into a $3 million nationally heralded arts education institution that has served over 10,000 students from under-resourced communities and schools. Marwen opened its doors with a staff of two, a nascent arts curriculum, and two studios. Today, a staff of 25 oversees 150 studio, college planning, and career development programs in a Marwen-owned state of the art facility and arts campus.

It has been an honor to work with extraordinarily talented and inspiring colleagues and an exceptional Board of Directors; to oversee two capital campaigns and building expansion projects, to build a $9M investment portfolio, and to amplify Marwen's national reputation. Above all else, it has been a joy to witness the successes of our students as they have constructed and navigated their futures and become our next generation of arts leaders. Marwen is in an unequivocal position of strength and is poised to continue its relevant role as one of Chicago's most successful arts incubators.

Our recent 30th anniversary and my own 25-year tenure elegantly bookend a career and an avocation that has connected my conviction that the arts must be an integral part of every young person's life with my committed practice as a visual artist. Now, it is my time to reimagine my artistic life in ways that allow me to be as generative and creative as I have always aspired to be.

When I reflect upon my role in the world as an artist, I realize how much I have learned from and been inspired by everyone who has entered the doors of Marwen. I will always hold close Marwen's generative and creative spirit, and the students, staff, teaching artists, alumni, trustees, and donors who made this wonderful journey so meaningful and hopeful.

My last day at Marwen will be June 1. After that, you will find me in my studio, working collaboratively with other artists as well as scientists, musicians, and philosophers-and contemplating new opportunities to advance the arts.

Marwen's Board leadership will soon announce plans for my succession. I hope to see you at Paintbrush Ball on June 2, where I have the privilege of being honored, an appropriate venue in which to bid all of you adieu.

I thank you-each and every one of you who believes in Marwen, this magnificent experiment that proved itself invincible. I applaud all of you who celebrate diverse artistic voices and stand behind excellent education for a democratic whole.
 

Antonia Contro
President and CEO
 
 
Antonia Contro

 

Marwen is thrilled to share two exciting developments. The recently announced "Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative" is a national effort to address deep inequities in museum staff and leadership. Twenty museums were selected to participate, including The Art Institute of Chicago, who will use the funding to strengthen internship programs to advance equity and inclusion in the museum. The Art Institute selected Marwen's Teen Internship in Learning and Public Engagement as one of their pilot programs!

Not only does this mean that our existing program will become a paid opportunity for Marwen students -- allowing access to new career development opportunities -- but it also means that 100% of Marwen's career program internships are now paid. Read more about this initiative in the New York Times' article below.

 

A $6 Million Initiative Aims to Diversify Museum Leadership

 

By ANDREW R. CHOW 

 

Study after study has shown that the leadership at U.S. cultural institutions fails to reflect the demographics of the country. On Tuesday, the Ford Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation announced a $6 million campaign with the aim of diversifying the leadership at art museums.

The initiative will fund programs at 20 museums that are developing innovative strategies to hire and advance the careers of underrepresented minorities. Read more.

Marwen Teen Program to Benefit from National "Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative"
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Marwen is thrilled to share two exciting developments. The recently announced "Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative" is a national effort to address deep inequities in museum staff and leadership. Twenty museums were selected to participate, including The Art Institute of Chicago, who will use the funding to strengthen internship programs to advance equity and inclusion in the museum. The Art Institute selected Marwen's Teen Internship in Learning and Public Engagement as one of their pilot programs!

Not only does this mean that our existing program will become a paid opportunity for Marwen students -- allowing access to new career development opportunities -- but it also means that 100% of Marwen's career program internships are now paid. Read more about this initiative in the New York Times' article below.

 

A $6 Million Initiative Aims to Diversify Museum Leadership

 

By ANDREW R. CHOW 

 

Study after study has shown that the leadership at U.S. cultural institutions fails to reflect the demographics of the country. On Tuesday, the Ford Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation announced a $6 million campaign with the aim of diversifying the leadership at art museums.

The initiative will fund programs at 20 museums that are developing innovative strategies to hire and advance the careers of underrepresented minorities. Read more.

MARWEN ANNOUNCES 2018 PAINTBRUSH BALL

 

See 2017 event photos here.

 

(Chicago, IL – November 30, 2017) Paintbrush Ball 2018, Marwen's annual fundraising gala, will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 6 pm to midnight at Revel Fulton Market, 1215 W. Fulton Market in Chicago. This is a new venue for the annual event, which attracts nearly 500 guests.

 

 

Marwen trustees Molly Morse Limmer (Founder of 2050 Art Services) and Rich Stoddart (Global President of Leo Burnett) will serve as co-chairs for Paintbrush Ball 2018.

The event raised $900,000 in 2017 in support of Marwen’s mission to educate and inspire young people from under-resourced communities and schools through the visual arts and college and career counseling. In addition to cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, dinner, live music, and a brief program, Paintbrush Ball 2018 will have a Silent Auction and Paddle Raise.

Individual tickets, tables, and sponsorships will be announced in early 2018. For sponsorship information, contact Jessica Rodrigue at jrodrigue@marwen.org

MEDIA CONTACT
Kennon Reinard, Senior Manager of Communications
312.374.2941 | kreinard@marwen.org

 

Marwen Announces Paintbrush Ball 2018
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MARWEN ANNOUNCES 2018 PAINTBRUSH BALL

 

See 2017 event photos here.

 

(Chicago, IL – November 30, 2017) Paintbrush Ball 2018, Marwen's annual fundraising gala, will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 6 pm to midnight at Revel Fulton Market, 1215 W. Fulton Market in Chicago. This is a new venue for the annual event, which attracts nearly 500 guests.

 

 

Marwen trustees Molly Morse Limmer (Founder of 2050 Art Services) and Rich Stoddart (Global President of Leo Burnett) will serve as co-chairs for Paintbrush Ball 2018.

The event raised $900,000 in 2017 in support of Marwen’s mission to educate and inspire young people from under-resourced communities and schools through the visual arts and college and career counseling. In addition to cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, dinner, live music, and a brief program, Paintbrush Ball 2018 will have a Silent Auction and Paddle Raise.

Individual tickets, tables, and sponsorships will be announced in early 2018. For sponsorship information, contact Jessica Rodrigue at jrodrigue@marwen.org

MEDIA CONTACT
Kennon Reinard, Senior Manager of Communications
312.374.2941 | kreinard@marwen.org

 

MARWEN’S ANNUAL ART FAIR RAISES $44K

FOR ARTS EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Event photo gallery

 

(Chicago, IL – November 21, 2017) Marwen is thrilled to share the success of its 2017 Art Fair, which raised $44,000 for the organization’s free, visual arts-based youth development programs for Chicago students from under-resourced schools and communities. Art Fair is an annual exhibition and art sale which offers a once-a-year opportunity for the public to purchase work by Marwen students, teaching artists, alumni, and staff.

 

The event took place on Friday, November 3, 2017 at Marwen (833 N. Orleans Street). More than 300 guests attended, including Marwen students and their families and Marwen trustees Michael Fassnacht (CEO of FCB Chicago), Marcy Carlin (SVP of Essex Investment Management), Amy Bluhm, and Tom Shapiro. Additional guests included Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Maria Pinto, Steve Koch, and Ellen Alberding.

 

The evening featured the first ever online auction, allowing guests to bid on artwork from their phones. This new format increased overall art sales from past years. Fifty percent of every sale goes directly to the artist and the remaining half goes to Marwen programming.

 

Marwen’s 2017 Art Fair was generously supported by the following sponsors: FCB CHICAGO, Leo Burnett, GCM Grosvenor, Limelight, Half Acre, Amy & Andy Bluhm, Isa & Adam Pressman, Tom Shapiro & Madeleine Grynsztejn, Kirkland & Ellis, and Karen Zelden & Ralph Senst.

 

ABOUT MARWEN

Since 1987, Marwen has educated and inspired young people from Chicago’s under-resourced communities and schools through the visual arts. Now, in its 30th year and having served more than 10,000 students, Marwen continues to provide free art courses, college planning, and career development programs to 6-12th graders who have come from 55 of Chicago’s 57 zip codes. For more information visit http://marwen.org

MEDIA CONTACT

Kennon Reinard, Senior Manager of Communications

312.374.2941 | kreinard@marwen.org

(Hi-res photos available upon request)

 

Art Fair 2017 Raises $44K for Arts Education Programs
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MARWEN’S ANNUAL ART FAIR RAISES $44K

FOR ARTS EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Event photo gallery

 

(Chicago, IL – November 21, 2017) Marwen is thrilled to share the success of its 2017 Art Fair, which raised $44,000 for the organization’s free, visual arts-based youth development programs for Chicago students from under-resourced schools and communities. Art Fair is an annual exhibition and art sale which offers a once-a-year opportunity for the public to purchase work by Marwen students, teaching artists, alumni, and staff.

 

The event took place on Friday, November 3, 2017 at Marwen (833 N. Orleans Street). More than 300 guests attended, including Marwen students and their families and Marwen trustees Michael Fassnacht (CEO of FCB Chicago), Marcy Carlin (SVP of Essex Investment Management), Amy Bluhm, and Tom Shapiro. Additional guests included Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Maria Pinto, Steve Koch, and Ellen Alberding.

 

The evening featured the first ever online auction, allowing guests to bid on artwork from their phones. This new format increased overall art sales from past years. Fifty percent of every sale goes directly to the artist and the remaining half goes to Marwen programming.

 

Marwen’s 2017 Art Fair was generously supported by the following sponsors: FCB CHICAGO, Leo Burnett, GCM Grosvenor, Limelight, Half Acre, Amy & Andy Bluhm, Isa & Adam Pressman, Tom Shapiro & Madeleine Grynsztejn, Kirkland & Ellis, and Karen Zelden & Ralph Senst.

 

ABOUT MARWEN

Since 1987, Marwen has educated and inspired young people from Chicago’s under-resourced communities and schools through the visual arts. Now, in its 30th year and having served more than 10,000 students, Marwen continues to provide free art courses, college planning, and career development programs to 6-12th graders who have come from 55 of Chicago’s 57 zip codes. For more information visit http://marwen.org

MEDIA CONTACT

Kennon Reinard, Senior Manager of Communications

312.374.2941 | kreinard@marwen.org

(Hi-res photos available upon request)

 

MARWEN LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE

www.marwen.org

 

(Chicago, IL – November 8, 2017) In celebration of its 30th anniversary and in collaboration with FCB Chicago, Marwen unveiled a redesigned, mobile-optimized website today.

 

The development and launch of the new site is in direct response to and in support of the organization’s mission to inspire and educate Chicago youth from under-resourced neighborhoods and schools through the visual arts.

 

NEW FEATURES:

  • Navigation and design geared towards students -- easier access to the most frequently searched information like registering for courses and attending orientation

  • Mobile optimized -- for the first time, the site is mobile-friendly, allowing Marwen to reach even more prospective students and their families and creating a more user-friendly experience for supporters to make a donation to Marwen and to shop for student-designed greeting cards

  • 360 degree virtual tours of our studios -- allows teaching artists to better plan for courses and gives new students a sneak peek into Marwen’s facilities

  • Art and photo galleries -- a stunning visual showcase of the latest student artwork, work in progress, and exciting Marwen events

  • Spanish translated content -- better connecting with and reducing barriers for our Latinx communities across Chicago to discover more about Marwen

  • Enhanced Shop features -- new customization options allow visitors to create custom messages within student-designed holiday cards online; all proceeds from Marwen’s Shop go directly into programming

 

“I’m thrilled to round out 2017 with an exciting new website that is truly reflective of Marwen’s spirit and energy,” stated Antonia Contro, President & CEO of Marwen. “I’m immensely grateful to our esteemed trustee, Michael Fassnacht, for his partnership, vision, and dedication to seeing this large project through from start to finish. Michael and his team at FCB Chicago generously shared their extraordinary expertise, resources, and enthusiasm from day one. They’ve become part of Marwen’s extended family.”

 

“It’s always an exciting moment when you can give your time to such a venerable organization,” said Michael Fassnacht, Marwen trustee and CEO of FCB Chicago. “Our team at FCB worked in close collaboration with Marwen to envision how a new site would best complement and enhance the work they’re already doing. The goal is to attract new interest and investment in their mission to further engage with students and families from under-resourced communities and schools.”

 

ABOUT MARWEN

Since 1987, Marwen has educated and inspired young people from Chicago’s under-resourced communities and schools through the visual arts. Now, in its 30th year and having served more than 10,000 students, Marwen continues to provide free art courses, college planning, and career development programs to 6-12th graders who have come from 55 of Chicago’s 57 zip codes. For more information visit http://marwen.org

Marwen Launches New Website
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MARWEN LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE

www.marwen.org

 

(Chicago, IL – November 8, 2017) In celebration of its 30th anniversary and in collaboration with FCB Chicago, Marwen unveiled a redesigned, mobile-optimized website today.

 

The development and launch of the new site is in direct response to and in support of the organization’s mission to inspire and educate Chicago youth from under-resourced neighborhoods and schools through the visual arts.

 

NEW FEATURES:

  • Navigation and design geared towards students -- easier access to the most frequently searched information like registering for courses and attending orientation

  • Mobile optimized -- for the first time, the site is mobile-friendly, allowing Marwen to reach even more prospective students and their families and creating a more user-friendly experience for supporters to make a donation to Marwen and to shop for student-designed greeting cards

  • 360 degree virtual tours of our studios -- allows teaching artists to better plan for courses and gives new students a sneak peek into Marwen’s facilities

  • Art and photo galleries -- a stunning visual showcase of the latest student artwork, work in progress, and exciting Marwen events

  • Spanish translated content -- better connecting with and reducing barriers for our Latinx communities across Chicago to discover more about Marwen

  • Enhanced Shop features -- new customization options allow visitors to create custom messages within student-designed holiday cards online; all proceeds from Marwen’s Shop go directly into programming

 

“I’m thrilled to round out 2017 with an exciting new website that is truly reflective of Marwen’s spirit and energy,” stated Antonia Contro, President & CEO of Marwen. “I’m immensely grateful to our esteemed trustee, Michael Fassnacht, for his partnership, vision, and dedication to seeing this large project through from start to finish. Michael and his team at FCB Chicago generously shared their extraordinary expertise, resources, and enthusiasm from day one. They’ve become part of Marwen’s extended family.”

 

“It’s always an exciting moment when you can give your time to such a venerable organization,” said Michael Fassnacht, Marwen trustee and CEO of FCB Chicago. “Our team at FCB worked in close collaboration with Marwen to envision how a new site would best complement and enhance the work they’re already doing. The goal is to attract new interest and investment in their mission to further engage with students and families from under-resourced communities and schools.”

 

ABOUT MARWEN

Since 1987, Marwen has educated and inspired young people from Chicago’s under-resourced communities and schools through the visual arts. Now, in its 30th year and having served more than 10,000 students, Marwen continues to provide free art courses, college planning, and career development programs to 6-12th graders who have come from 55 of Chicago’s 57 zip codes. For more information visit http://marwen.org

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