Art on theMART announces new spring program

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Art on theMART will be debuting a new program this spring.

Art on theMART announced Thursday that it is establishing a new, ongoing partnership with Chicago Public Schools and its All-City Visual Arts Program.

The first joint project will showcase the artwork of select Chicago Public School seniors on the façade of theMART, as part of a new animated projection entitled Hope is a Light: Select Works from the Chicago Public School Class of 2021.

The artwork will be on display May 20 – June 26.

“We are pleased to partner with Chicago Public Schools to amplify the students’ creativity on our large-scale canvas that is free and accessible to visitors,” said Cynthia Noble, executive director of Art on theMART. “We are inspired by the incredible dedication, focus and innovation of the CPS Class of 2021, particularly during these challenging times. We hope that this is only the first iteration of a rich partnership with CPS.”

Any CPS high school senior is eligible to be a part of this program. Artworks selected for the 2020-21 CPS All-City Visual Arts Senior Portfolio (either Honorable Mention or Exhibition) are automatically under consideration for inclusion in the Art on theMART exhibition. Seniors must submit through the All-City Visual Arts High School Exhibition portals to be considered by the deadline of March 26. To view the submission guidelines which include the selection criteria and application portals, visit

Once chosen, the student artwork will be animated and projected with accompanying music curated by the CPS Department of Arts Education.

Art on theMART’s program of projections will be shown nightly at 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. and can best be experienced for free from the jetty section of the Chicago Riverwalk on Wacker Drive between Wells Street and Franklin Street, where accompanying audio is also available.

Art on theMART is the largest digital art projection in the world.

Astrographics, in partnership with the Adler Planetarium, will be featured on the facade next, beginning April 1.

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