Logan Center for the Arts Young Critics Program Overview
University of Chicago’s Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts is pleased to launch a virtual version of our Logan Center for the Arts Young Critics Program. The Critics Program focuses on providing a platform for students to critically examine performances presented as part of our school matinee season and to craft valuable and engaging written responses.
The program pairs teaching artists with teachers and their 6th-8th classes. Participants create blog posts that reflect the unique perspective of each student. This is a unique experience designed to support students in learning more about the dispositions, knowledge, and skills involved in critiquing artistic performance.
2021 participating schools:
John Marsh IB World School
Joyce Kilmer Elementary School
Mariano Azuela Elementary School
Due to the challenges of convening in-person programs during the pandemic, we have also developed a Young Critics Review Team. This group participates in an interactive Q&A session with the artists from our matinee season. These sessions are edited and added to our virtual Matinee performances. Some of the written responses from these students are included here as well.
Program benefits include:
· Access to world-class, culturally diverse virtual matinee performances in a range of disciplines including music, dance, and storytelling presented by the Logan Center for the Arts.
· Three virtual class visits led by teaching artists geared towards increasing students’ ability to view and critique art across disciplines.
· Targeted instruction and critique helps students develop and express their critical responses. This unique approach to writing prompts intellectual growth and investment.
· Through learning to craft blog posts students develop skills in critical thinking and writing.