A Eulogy for Hope: The Silent Murder of Gallery 37

Published January 28, 2016 by rochellewisoff

SHINYHELMET PREVAILETH

156839_479163562635_3310009_n The author, center, at her first teen gallery opening at the Gallery 37 Center for the Arts. circa 2005

The first time academic pressure made me feel suicidal was in sixth grade. So when I say I won’t allow Gallery 37 to quietly die, it’s because Gallery 37 saved my life.

Yesterday I received a flurry of messages from my own beloved instructors and artist friends who are currently teaching in the Advanced Arts Education Program (AAEP) at Gallery 37, a FREE arts college preparatory program through CPS.

Yesterday morning, a close friend high in AAEP administration told me that all AAEP programming will be ending in June. I looked at my phone and felt a wound open and yawn in my chest. I tried my best to not burst into tears on my way to work. “Tell folks so they know about this, okay,” she asked.

So of course, I…

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