The Logan Center Young Arts Critics Program

The Logan Critics Program focuses on providing a platform for students to critically examine performances presented in our school matinee program and to craft valuable and engaging written responses. The program pairs teaching artists with teachers and their 6th–7th grade classes. With the support and guidance of teachers and teaching artists, participants create blog posts reflecting on their experiences witnessing artistic performances, portraying the unique perspective of each student. The program was piloted in Spring 2016.

The Logan Center for the Arts Critics program is a unique experience combining in class instruction and technology designed to support students in learning more about the dispositions, knowledge, and skills involved in critiquing art performances

Program benefits include:

  • Complimentary tickets and transportation to matinee performances at the Logan Center for the Arts.
  • Daytime in-class workshops led by teaching artists and professional arts critics geared towards increasing students’ ability to view and critique art across disciplines.
  • Targeted instruction 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.

About the Logan Center & UChicago Arts

Designed as a home for the creative life of the University of Chicago campus and the City of Chicago, the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts is a partner, resource, and catalyst for developing deeper cultural networks and richer creative projects citywide and beyond. The Logan Center is a place where boundaries dissolve and artistic work is amplified through a web of collaborative partners. More than just a building, it is an innovative hub for arts education for UChicago students and Chicago Public School students and families, a platform to showcase today’s most innovative creators across all media, and a locus for impactful and collaborative artistic innovations with partners in nearby South Side communities and across Chicago.

The arts are central to the mission of the University of Chicago. With a strong tradition of cross-disciplinary practices, intricately mixed with intellectual curiosity and creative energy, the University fosters a bustling arts community on Chicago’s South Side. UChicago Arts connects and amplifies the impact of the University’s nearly 100 arts organizations, initiatives, and academic programs. This work brings together the efforts of students, faculty, artists, and community partners to infuse creativity throughout the intellectual life on campus while solidifying the University’s role as a cultural destination and resource on Chicago’s South Side.