Empathy Through Art

Exhibition Featuring Art Work Created by Lincolnwood Elementary 3rd Graders Explores Empathy and the Power of Art to Build Community

Empathy Through Art (ETA) is a social-emotional learning (SEL) program that utilizes the arts to encourage empathy development in young people ages 5-11yrs.  ETA was developed by Art & Soul, an arts-based wellness center for children and families, and debuted at Lincolnwood Elementary School during the 2016-2017 school year.  An art therapist from Art & Soul and graduate students from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago visited the school weekly between October and May to work with three 3rd grade classrooms.  The students explored drawing, collage, fabric arts, comic art, photography, and mixed media.  Using these art forms they worked on individual projects and group projects to increase self-expression, promote positive peer relationships, and support classroom community.  They learned empathy-related vocabulary, explored feeling identification and management, and used perspective taking skills that help to enable students to gain insight into how others feel and develop a sense of social responsibility for each other. 
This exhibition is a culmination of the participating students’ art work which will be on display at 2 local Evanston galleries.  Events associated with this exhibit are an artist reception celebrating the young artists and their work, and a family art workshop.  All events are open to the public.  See below for details.
visit www.empathythrougart.com for more information

Exhibit Dates: April 24 - May 4
Artist Reception: April 30th 4:30-6:30pm
Open Studio Project
901 Sherman, Evanston, IL 60202
Call for hours: 847.475.0390

Exhibit Dates: May 5th - 21st
Family Art Workshop: May 7th4:30-6pm
602 Davis St., Evanston, IL 60201
Call for hours: 847.859.2312

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