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Public Art in Chicago History

Public Art in Chicago History (PACH) was a yearlong professional and curriculum development program for Chicago Public School teachers. It focused on investigating ways to integrate public art into middle and high school classrooms. Participating teachers attended five workshops in which they viewed significant works of public art in downtown Chicago, read books and articles by historians and art historians about those works of art, and discussed key concepts of visual literacy to help them use the works of art and many others in their classroom instruction.

PACH focused on four key topics: downtown sculpture, the Marquette building's mosaics and sculpture, the DuSable (Michigan Avenue) Bridge sculpture, and the sculptures of Lincoln Park. The faculty and participants collaborated to develop of curriculum materials. Click here to view and download the curriculum materials for free.

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Diane Dillon, Curriculum Director

Gina Cipriani Aggie Przeslicke
Ann Durkin Keating, Guest Faculty
Kathleen Meza Randy Snow
William Hinchliff, Guest Faculty

Steven Mullooly

Vickki Willis
Frank Valadez, Project Director
Jeremy Peters

PACH was generously funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. Additional funds were provided by the Polk Bros. Foundation and CMHEC.


Click the links below for free downloads of curriculum materials and the course syllabus.

1. Early Illinois History through Art

2. Early Chicago History through Art

3. Art, Migration, and Identity

4. Alexander Calder in Federal Plaza

5. Public Art at the DuSable Bridge

6. Art and Artifacts

7. Understanding the Great Migration through Art

8. Literary Figures in Lincoln Park

9. St. Gaudens's Abraham Lincoln

Curriculum Appendices

PACH Syllabus


All curriculum materials © 2012 by the Chicago Metro History Education Center.


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