Wednesday, October 7, 2015

For the first time, Northeastern Illinois University’s Center for College Access and Success (CCAS) has been accepted as a participant in Chicago Artists Month (CAM). As a platform for independently produced events and programs in all disciplines, CAM highlights creative activity in Chicago. CCAS will host a free exhibition and four free workshops.

On Oct. 29, CCAS will host a reception highlighting the work of teachers who participate in its Arts at the Center of Teaching and Learning program. The teacher/artist-created and -led exhibition will be open to the public at the Center’s location in the West Town neighborhood of Chicago at 770 N. Halsted St., Suite 420 (enter on Chicago Avenue). Because CCAS is a creative community, artists that are also part of the staff will also be showing their work, including live performances. View the most current schedule of events online.

CCAS also will host a series of four sessions centered on the Day of the Dead in which participants can work with different artists and media in exploring their own rich histories. The family-friendly workshops encourage group participation. Artists explore sculpture, montage, graphic design and storytelling. The sessions all run from 6-7:30 p.m. on Oct. 8, 15, 22, and 29. Register online.

Founded in 1978, CCAS develops collaborative partnerships that engage entire communities to help students succeed both academically and socially. It is an innovator in creating model programs that translate visions for school improvement into concrete action. As an academic educational unit of Northeastern, CCAS is in a unique position to respond to the needs of these communities.