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.

Your student is eligible for Marwen if they...
Need Free Arts Education
Your family identifies as under-served
Live in Chicago
Must be within city limits
Rising 6th graders
are eligible at the start of the school year
Can Work Independently
For up to three hours
Are Ready to Participate
Self-select to come to Marwen

Benefits of Art Education

Here art is more than pretty pictures. It’s the freedom to try new things. Learn from passionate teaching artists. And dream big.

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
New Student Orientation
Saturday, January 20
Marwen, 833 N. Orleans Street
Considering becoming a Marwen student? Join us for New Student Orientation!
Marwen's new student orientation