Tuesday, November 29, 2011
was created by Lois Weisberg, of The Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner, and Chicago First Lady, Maggie Daley. It was founded in 1991 to revive Block 37 in the heart of Chicago's Loop.
It provides on-the-job training facility to young people between the ages of 14 to 21 living within the city limits. These students, called "apprentice artists", earn minimum wage while working part-time with professional "lead artists" in the creation and sale of art. The programs include Culinary Arts, Dance, Literary Arts, Opera Workshop & Theater, and Visual & Media Arts. Seventy-five percent of youth participants are from economically disadvantaged families.
Gallery 37 is currently run by After School Matters, a not-for-profit organization that partners with the City of Chicago, the Chicago Public Schools, the Chicago Park District, the Chicago Public Library, the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, and Community-Based Organizations to expand out-of-school opportunities for Chicago teens..