Art by Tyler King, a Chicago Public Schools scholarship winner, Kenwood High School. Additional CPS student winners are Laylah Freeman, Chicago Agriculture High School, and Ariana Winters, Disney II High School.
Independent global brand consultancy and creative agency 50,000feet is underwriting two scholarships in partnership with the Chicago Public Schools and the Design Museum of Chicago as well as providing financial support for The Cooper Union Saturday Program, which prepares students to apply to and excel in undergraduate programs by combining arts outreach, near-peer mentorship and social justice education into a curriculum committed to equitable, diverse, anti-racist, pro-LGBTQIA and de-colonial work and learning spaces. Both of these financial contributions are designed to support students and their families with financial resources to pursue their passion for the arts.
According to the agency, the pandemic has highlighted, among other things, the critical need for social and academic activities that contribute to personal development and the quality of life. Investing in public art education allows the team at 50,000feet to promote creativity and appreciation of the arts with more students at key points in their lives and encourage essential skills in communication, problem-solving, emotional intelligence and self expression.“Picasso reminds us that within every child, there is an artist, but that talent isn’t fully realized if it’s not supported,” observes Tracy West, Group Creative Director at 50,000feet (shown here). “We’re excited to work with Chicago Public Schools and the Design Museum of Chicago to help students access resources that build their skills and confidence and recognize their talent and achievements. To have an opportunity to witness what they love to do and provide reinforcement to continue with their aspirations is truly inspiring for our team.”