StoryArts is directed and staffed by University of Chicago students, and Chicago-based teaching artists design and lead our project-based curricula. We are supported by the Logan Center for the Arts, the University of Chicago's Neighborhood Schools Program, and University Careers in Journalism, Arts, and Media. Read on to learn more about our leadership team!
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Jon came to Chicago from his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. He is planning on studying, and hopes to learn from the city of Chicago too. Jon is involved in the South Side Weekly, and focuses his writing on the South Side’s music scene. He enjoys R&B, bossa nova, rap, and jazz music. Jon loves to bike and ride public transportation, and likes walking and driving much, much less. He firmly believes in young peoples' capacity for creative output and social change and is excited by the many intersections between them.
Bess was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, but spent her summers at Beam Camp, her family's summer camp in New Hampshire, where she learned about the magic that happens when kids and artists get together to make spectacular things. Before starting StoryArts, she studied Public Policy at the University of Chicago and was a writer and editor for the South Side Weekly, following education issues and the creative work being done on the South Side. She now works at Kaleidoscope, a child welfare agency in Chicago where she gets to design programming for youth of all ages who have experienced trauma.
With a childhood split between Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and Poland, Amelia is now a fourth year premedical student studying English at the University of Chicago. Although a big portion of her heart belongs to a small Polish town called Sandomierz, she loves Chicago, especially the way the El sounds rumbling above the city and the way the wind feels standing by the lake in the Spring. As the President of ArtShould, a student organization that provides children with free afterschool art classes, she spends a lot of time sorting markers before class and then washing markers off her hands after class. She is interested in the connections between creativity, empathy, health, and socio-emotional development. She studies these things as a research assistant in the Department of Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrics, and also teaches weekly health classes in public high schools.
2016 Teaching Artists
2015 Teaching Artists
StoryArts is made possible by the University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement, Neighborhood Schools Program, and the Logan Center for the Arts. Special thanks to MetroSquash as well!