For the 2011/2012 school year we asked the students: What is Public Art? The goal was to get them to think beyond the typical answers of a statue in the local park. By looking at different examples of what public art also can be, along with having them make their own public visual statements, we primarily worked with text in the public sphere.
[caption id="attachment_744" align="alignnone" width="280"] Hoyne Elementary School[/caption] Hoyne Elementary is a Fine and Performing Arts Magnet Cluster School. Hoyne offers students a rigorous academic curriculum and provides numerous reading programs based on grade and skill level. Students are regularly recognized for perfect attendance, citizenship, honor roll and principals scholars. Hoyne has also been named a Spotlight School by the state of Illinois and has also received an Academic Achievement Award from the state of Illinois as well.
[caption id="attachment_778" align="alignnone" width="289"] Mr. Garcia[/caption] Rob E. Garcia is a former graphic designer/illustrator and photographer. He has been teaching visual and digital arts in both the nonprofit and educational realms for over 11 years. Rob is from Colorado where he has instructed Art for the Boys and Girls Club/Girls Inc. as well as created the Art curriculum for their local organization and pioneered the Digital Arts program.
Juan-Carlos is a studio artist who partners with art organizations such as Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE), Chicago Public Schools, community centers, park districts, etc. teaching a variety of arts including modern, cultural, and mural making through out the city of Chicago. His teachings have brought him into numerous neighborhoods through out the city Chicago, Detroit, and West Africa.