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Rusty Young, frontman and co-founder of Poco, released his solo debut album Waitin for the Sun on Sept. 15 and will be performing Oct. 25 with Poco at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St.  

Rusty Young ‘Waitin’ for the Sun’ to come up

October 9, 2017

Norman Russell Young, known as Rusty Young, knew he was destined to play music. A guitar player since childhood, Young inherited the musical gene, he said, from his grandmother, who played piano for silent...

Peterson Park’s Hannah G. Solomon Elementary School, 6206 N. Hamlin Ave., serves 360 students who speak more than 40 languages among them. 

Two CPS schools recognized nationally for high performance

October 9, 2017

Two Chicago public elementary schools on opposite sides of the city have recently been honored for excellence by the U.S. Department of Education.A 2017 National Blue Ribbon School award was granted to ...

A scene from the graphic novel depicting 1928 Chicago. 

Graphic novel to open up imagination about civic, urban engagement

April 24, 2017

Artist, illustrator and educator Devin Mawdsley knew it was time to create an arts collective when he heard about the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s plan to create a new educational graphic novel...

Chicago needs fewer guns, not more

By Editorial Board

March 27, 2017

Many Chicagoans have decided to take a controversial safety precaution amid the city’s high crime rates, according to a March 10 DNAinfo article. DNAinfo reported a 63 percent surge in state-issued gun permits in 2016—Chicago’s bloodiest year in two decades—with many reportedly purchasing guns for precautionary, safety reasons. The number of Chicagoans with “concealed carry” permits also has jumped dramatical...

Multicultural Affairs honors Black History Month with alumni panel | The Columbia Chronicle

February 27, 2017

The office of Multicultural Affairs and Development & Alumni Relations honored Black History Month with an African-American alumni panel discussion. The alumni talked about their experiences in their respective fiel...

“Now when I see teenagers, they directly associate graffiti with some way of money making,” said Miguel Aguilar (pictured), community educator and graffiti artist who teaches graffiti to high schoolers.

Pilsen graffitist paints arts education as opportunity

February 6, 2017

Twenty years ago, Miguel Aguilar took to the streets and began expressing himself through graffiti. It was a way to connect with other teenagers in the community, do something new, release tension and f...

The Giving Tree, sponsored by Columbia’s Center for Community Arts Partnership and Library, donated school and art supplies to Adam Jimenez’s kindergarten class at Mahalia Jackson Elementary in Auburn Gresham.

‘Giving Tree’ gives back to CPS classrooms

December 12, 2016

Classrooms at Mahalia Jackson Elementary School will receive new school and art supplies from Columbia’s Center for Community Arts Partnership and the Library as part of its annual Giving Tree gift-giving project. In the past, the Giving Tree—which has taken place for the past si...

The college community voiced their critiques of Columbia’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee’s recently drafted mission statement at an Oct. 31 forum.

DEI open forum welcomes mission statement feedback

November 7, 2016

The majority of recently collected feedback on Columbia’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee’s drafted mission statement asked for definitions of the key terms “diversity, equity and inclusion,” according to Peter Carpenter, DEI committee member and Dance and Theatre De...

At the Chicago Teachers Union strike headquarters, 1642 W. Van Buren St., teachers handed out signs on Oct. 10 to teachers preparing for the possible CTU strike the following day. The strike never occurred due to a tentative agreement CPS offered CTU minutes before the midnight deadline. 

CTU avoids strike with tentative negotiations

October 17, 2016

Minutes before the midnight deadline Oct. 10, after many teachers had already collected strike materials, the Chicago Teachers Union announced it would not strike the following day because of a tentati...

Chicago Public Schools announced in a Sept. 26 press release they will be giving an additional  $5.7 million in funds to schools all across the Chicago area. 

CPS provides additional $5.7 million for schools

October 10, 2016

A handful of Chicago Public Schools that experienced drastic enrollment drops will be gaining additional funding, according to a Sept. 26 CPS press release. Though the names were not disclosed, CPS recently ...

Crowdfunding Crayons: Teachers get creative to provide for students

Crowdfunding Crayons: Teachers get creative to provide for students

October 10, 2016

Teresa Jay did not expect to have to pay to do her job. When she began working as an art teacher at Perkins Bass Elementary School in Englewood with several hundred public school students, her school ...

Samantha Martin and her traveling troupe of Acro-Cats have performed all over the world and made TV appearances.

Acro-Cats, ‘meow-sicians’ entertain with variety show

October 10, 2016

Ten “purr-fect” felines stole the show Oct. 6–9 when the Amazing Acro-Cats group performed at Wicker Park’s Vittum Theatre.Appearing at 1012 N. Noble St., the Chicago-based troupe, coached by ...

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