Childrens Museum - KIPP Chicago Public Schools

The mission of the museum is to offer a space for the voices of KIPP Chicago students to be heard and to infuse a social justice curriculum into the arts at our eight schools.

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Our students range in age from 5-14 and the museum offers a space to showcase and celebrate their artistic explorations of social justice themes, inspiring action toward social change.

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Our art exhibitions are collaborative efforts between art educators, artists, writers, and students. Each quarterly exhibition features artwork made by KIPP Chicago students. The work is completed during the school day, mostly in arts classrooms, but also in after school clubs.

The Chicago Arts District hosts 2nd Fridays Gallery Night, the monthly opening receptions at the galleries and artist studios centered around South Halsted Street, beginning at 1711 and ending at 2007 South Halsted Street in Chicago. Visit us and other creative spaces in the Chicago Arts District at South Halsted Street as they showcase an exciting display of art and artists from Chicago and beyond. This unique art community opens its doors, free of charge, and lets you get up close and personal with the art and artists.

We’re also open M-F from 9-4pm. We welcome people of all ages to stop by, see the work, and create an activist button.

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Lesson Plans

Each exhibition is accompanied by several lesson plans to help educators engage students in meaningful artmaking around social justice topics. We hope you can utilize these plans to bring important conversations and various art processes to your classroom.

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Our Children’s Museum of Art and Social Justice (CMASJ) is a critical piece of the arts programming at KIPP Chicago. The museum offers a meaningful curriculum for our visual arts teachers and provides a space for students, families, staff, and the larger Chicago community to engage in critical discourse around topics of social justice.

By partnering with CMASJ and KIPP Chicago, individuals like you are making a difference in changing the lives of Chicago’s hardest working students, proving what is possible in public education, and setting an example for thousands more.

While maintaining a rigorous, transformative education, KIPP Chicago aims to expand the arts programming we provide to our 3,500 students. It is through your donation that we will be able to make this a reality. Help us grow.

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Positive Affirmation Coloring Book

This 30-page coloring book is a compilation of positive affirmations collected from our teachers. Students from across the region from kindergarten through 8th grade chose an affirmation to illustrate and submitted their designs.

Positive affirmations can be used to reprogram our thought patterns and change the way we think and feel about things. They are the messages we choose to tell ourselves over and over until we internalize and believe them. We hope this coloring book can be utilized to practice mindfulness and meditation while reflecting on the affirmations on each page.


Museum Book

This Museum Book is a compilation of the 12 exhibitions we’ve had from 2016 to 2022. It also features lesson plans so each project seen throughout can be recreated in more classrooms.

All proceeds from the Positive Affirmation Coloring Book and Museum Book will help us to install identity-affirming, positive murals in our schools. This campaign is also working to fund our efforts!



If you are looking to support CMASJ and arts programming directly, please contact Milton Rodriguez at

Come Visit Us

Admission is free for all ages. Donations are gladly accepted.


Monday – Friday | 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Saturday – Sunday | By appointment only
Every second Friday of the month
6:00 to 10:00 PM


2007 S. Halsted, Chicago, Illinois 60608

Located in the Pilsen Neighborhood on the southern border of the historic Chicago Arts District.

How to book a group tour

A one-hour tour includes a conversation around each art exhibit, a short video, and an activist button-making activity. We are a small, one-room museum inside the KIPP Chicago regional office, so we can only accommodate groups of 25 people or fewer. Students in grades K-12 are welcome! Email to schedule a tour.