Pros Arts Studio

Biography: 

Pros Arts has conducted residencies through the IAC, Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education, and the Chicago Park District, including: Gravity Circus – integrating the circus arts (juggling, balancing, and drama) with the study of gravity; Under a War Torn Sky – an interdisciplinary production based on a WWII novel; Siguiendo el Sol/Following the Sun – masks and puppets based on Mexican traditions; and Video Yearbook – using media to document a school year. Pros Arts recognitions include: CBS Award for Making a Difference in the Education of Children (1997), Harvard University's national study Arts Survival (1999), and Friends of the Parks Beautification Award for a mural painted with special needs participants (2001). Pros Arts has been featured on WTTW11 Art Safari and the Arts Across Illinois series.

Artistic Statement: 

Pros Arts Studio is pro-art... and pro-community. Since 1978, we have brought artists and communities together through programs in the visual, performing, and media arts for all ages and all levels in schools, libraries, theaters, parks, and community centers. We are "pros" at using the arts in the classroom to reinforce reading and other curricular areas, unlocking the creative abilities of children and teachers. We are a multilingual company (Spanish, Italian, English, and Clown!) and use our years of ensemble experience to work as a team with school educators. Pros Arts residencies build on the strengths of the existing curriculum, address the school’s creative and cultural needs, offer innovative approaches for students with special needs, and develop the potential for ongoing creative expression.

Residency Type: 
Performance Company