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Sonny Rollins, Bob Thompson, and Chicago

last edited on Tue. August 16 2022

On April 19, 2022, tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins connected with Lead Museum Educator Nicole Bond for a wide-ranging discussion about his relationship with artist Bob Thompson, how Thompson made everywhere he traveled home, and how Rollins and other jazz legends are depicted in Thompson’s 1960 work, Garden of Music

The Alley LP: Perspectives and Recollections

last edited on Mon. October 29 2018

Listen to a selection of interviews about The Alley, a regular Sunday gathering, jazz happening, and cultural space on the South Side of Chicago.

Perception Party at Lurie Children’s Hospital

last edited on Mon. August 20 2018

On July 25–26, 2018 the Smart Museum collaborated with Lurie Children’s Hospital on a special “Perception Party” family day at the hospital. We recently connected with Scott Zagalak to learn more about how Lurie uses partnerships to create summer camp experiences for patients and their families.

From Dublin to Chicago: Fractal Seating Amplify Educators Workshop

by Sweet Water Foundation

last edited on Sun. March 11 2018

Amplify workshop led by Sweet Water Foundation connects teachers to international and regenerative project

You Belong

last edited on Thu. September 8 2016

A thank you to our summer collaborators who helped us develop In Anticipation of Belonging.

Teen Arts Council Dopecents® at the Smart

by Teen Arts Council

last edited on Fri. August 26 2016

For two weeks of this summer’s Teen Arts Council internship, these teens were in “residency” at the Smart Museum of Art. Here are some of their reflections on the experience.

Summer 2016 Odyssey High School Program Concludes at Hyde Park Art Center

by Jared Spitz, Summer Intern with The Odyssey Project - High School Program

last edited on Wed. August 17 2016

Odyssey Scholars deliver culminating presentations from their summer research projects on Patric McCoy’s personal art collection, working in partnership with the Smart Museum.

Constructing Home: An interview with Red Line Service

last edited on Wed. August 17 2016

An interview with Rhoda Rosen & Billy McGuinness of Red Line Service on the Red Line Speaker Series, the Summer Festival, and the installation Home.

New Slaves

by George Wells, Odyssey Scholar

last edited on Thu. August 4 2016

Poetry produced by George Wells of the Odyssey Institute in conjunction with the project, In Anticipation of Belonging.

United We Stand

by Jayla Reed, Odyssey Scholar

last edited on Thu. August 4 2016

Poetry produced by Jayla Reed of the Odyssey Institute in conjunction with the project, In Anticipation of Belonging.