Art Teachers Redefined: Back By Popular Demand!
Art Teachers Redefined
Terminated Teachers Use Art to Chronicle CPS Injustice
Art Teachers Redefined is an art exhibition organized by art teachers “honorably dismissed” by the 2010 Chicago Board of Education policy that gave CEO Ron Huberman and local principals unlimited power to fire teachers without due process. The teachers were forcibly unable to work, losing benefits, pensions, and the respect of their communities. Hosted by Chicago Temple Fine Arts Committee, the exhibit will be housed in the second floor gallery of First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple, 77 W. Washington -- from May 15 through June 26, 2011. The opening reception for the art exhibition will be held in the gallery on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 12:30 pm. The art exhibition is free and open to the public during the following times: Monday through Friday 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday 9 am to 3 pm.
The Chicago Teachers Union originally hosted the art teachers’ show in February. “We are excited and extremely grateful to the First United Methodist Church for hosting us in their new gallery space”, explains show organizer Cezar Simeon, “The show’s artists have created new works specifically for the Chicago Temple show.” The exhibition features the works of Sunny Neater-DuBow and Lourdes S. Guerrero, whose dismissals were reported in the Chicago Reader “Filed Away” article (9/23/10). Other art teachers are Katrina Barge, Gina Baruch, Chris Busse, Carmela Rago and Daniela Veljkovic.
The exhibit conveys the artists’ anxiety and frustration toward a system that has forgotten its educational mission. But they also hope the show serves to demonstrate that art – and they as art teachers – can proffer insight and inspiration to the educational community in the midst of conflict and crisis.
See the May issue of Chicago Union Teacher.