Parents & Families

Inspiring Creativity & Exploration

Art and Achievement Belong to Everyone

Our mission is to educate and inspire Chicago youth from under-resourced communities and schools through visual arts. By enrolling in Marwen, your student can get exposure to a high-quality arts education, meet like-minded peers, and receive critical college and career prep to reach their full potential. And it’s all completely free.

Marwen is FREE of charge and welcomes students who meet all eligibility requirements. Your student is eligible if they...
Are from under-resourced schools and/or communities and your family cannot afford to pay for art courses elsewhere
Live within the city limits of Chicago
Are in grades 6-12 and at least 11 years old
Self-elect to attend and actively participate
Can make art independently for up to 3 hours, for 10 classes

Benefits of Arts Education

Hear from a Marwen parent on how our programs, space, and opportunities have made a positive impact on her child...and herself.

At Marwen, your student can develop:


By learning to speak publicly about their ideas, they’ll gain critical communication skills and increase their self-esteem.


They’ll have access to new technology and will learn the latest techniques, which will be invaluable in their college and career aspirations.


They’ll have the opportunity to work closely with their fellow peers, teachers and staff, all of who want to see them succeed.

College & Career Support

Beyond studio courses, we provide resources and programs for everyone, including students who are undocumented, studying art, or pursuing studies and work outside the arts.

College and Career

Individual Counseling

  • High School Selection Process
  • College Applications and Financial Aid
  • Portfolio Development
  • Career Support

Workshops and Events

  • College and Career Fairs
  • SAT Practice Tests
  • College Visits
  • Family Workshops

Commissions & Internships

  • Design to Print
  • Special Commission Projects
  • Art at Work
  • Art Institute of Chicago

Alumni Programs

  • College and Career Support
  • Teaching and Exhibiting at Marwen
  • Internships, Residencies, and Special Programs
91% of graduating students were accepted to college
Fall 2019 New Student Orientation & Registration
Saturday, September 14, 2019
Marwen, 833 N. Orleans St
Considering becoming a Marwen student? Join us for New Student Orientation!
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