New Year’s Resolution: Chicago Arts Scene

Do you want to get more involved in Chicago’s art world? Why not make it your New Year’s resolution? It’s not too late! There are many great opportunities to get involved in your local art community, at all skill levels.


The School of the Art Institute of Chicago offers many early college programs throughout the year! They hold, “courses [investigating] painting, drawing, animation, comics/graphic novels, fashion, DIY printmaking, design, and more.” Check it out here!


Interested in advancing your art skills? Apply for a summer program at The Chicago Academy for the Arts.  The school also offers a 2023 Spring Saturday Program with two sessions from March until April. 


Looking for something smaller-scale? Go take a look at one of Chicago’s many small galleries, like Alley Gallery, Triple R Gallery, or Art Post Gallery. Explore a list of the top-rated small Chicago art galleries here.


Need some service hours? Kevin Coval leads a great organization called Young Chicago Authors. You can volunteer in many ways here: working as a greeter, selling merchandise, timing performances, and more!” 


The National Museum of Mexican Art in Pilsen is another great place to volunteer. You can donate money, become a member, or volunteer through their Auxiliary Board.