YA National Conference April 3 – April 5, 2024 | Chicago, IL
April 3 – April 5, 2024 | Chicago, IL

Chicago Site Visits

Conference registrants will have the opportunity to visit one of four cultural sites around the city with conference co-hosts and local YA affiliate Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education. 

Chicago Cultural Center 78 E Washington St 
Visitors to the Chicago Cultural Center will meet with staff members to learn about the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events’ work on developing new public art projects throughout the city. Visitors will be treated to a short tour of the Chicago Cultural Center and (weather permitting) will view outdoor public art works recently commissioned by the city. This site visit involves walking from and back to the conference hotel (.3 miles each way) as well as an outdoor walking tour (weather permitting).  

Hyde Park Art Center 5020 S Cornell Ave
Founded in 1939 by a collective of local artists, the Hyde Park Art Center has grown to be a hub for the Chicago arts community with exhibitions, gatherings, and experiments in studio practice. Visitors will meet with staff to learn about current exhibitions, the center’s multifaceted education programs, and professional learning programs that support artists’ progress in their artistic development and careers. 

New Sullivan Elementary School 3831 S Michigan Ave
Visit a veteran CAPE school partner that serves arts -integrated programs to students and families. New Sullivan will welcome visitors to observe an in-school program, meet with families taking part in the community program, and see after school programs in action. 

Southside Community Art Center 3831 S Michigan Avenue
Visit the oldest African American art center in the nation. Visitors will meet with SSCAC staff members and learn about their archival work, exhibitions, and programs that support local artists in the city’s south side communities.