Students with artwork

Art in Motion Creative Arts School (AIM) is proud to announce Black History Month artistic celebrations! Tenth graders Yvette Armour and Amira Pope and ninth grader Alexis Pulido have been selected as part of the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI)  Black Creativity Juried Exhibition! Their art is currently on display at the MSI through April 23, 2023. These young artists worked in pencil and paint to create beautiful and expressive work. 

“It’s been very cool, I love sharing my art,” says Amira. “I  want to be a tattoo artist so it’s important to me to have my work mean something to people. Having it in a museum is really nice.”

The Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition is the longest-running exhibition of African American art and has been displayed annually at MS since 1970. This exhibition features paintings, drawings, fine art prints, sculpture, mixed-media, ceramics and photography by African Americans, including youth artists between the ages of 14 and 17.

Featured works include The Dying Country (paint, Yvette Armour), The Tomato (colored pencil, Amira Pope) and Amor Eterno and Mi Vida Loca (paint and pencil, Alexis Pulido). 

“It means a lot for our students to be part of the South Side arts community, and to be connected to the legacy of Black Creativity,” shares art teacher Venise Keys. “This is the first year our school has been represented in the show, and it brings me great pride to nurture their talents. Alexis, Yvette, and Amira's artwork had different goals artistically, but they all also learned important administrative skills going through the application process with me.”

Art in Motion is further celebrating Black History Month with their second annual For the Culture production on February 24th, 2023 at New Life Temple (7621 S. Greenwood Chicago, IL) at 7:00pm! This year the performance is entitled Because I Am and will feature student performances in music, dance and spoken word. 

  • About For the Culture: "For the Culture" is stepping into its next episode "Because I am...". This production is focused on four integral pieces - The Black Man, The Black Woman, Black Love, and The Black Community. Come join us on Friday, February, 24th as we celebrate what makes us US. We hope to see you there!