The Power of Art

In celebration of the 2024 theme for Black History Month, African Americans and the Arts, we’re thrilled to feature these stunning portraits by young artists from Gary Comer Youth Center (GCYC). GCYC offers a comprehensive visual arts program led by working artist Daria Amerik. GCYC is fortunate to partner with After School Matters, Ignition Community Glass, Pigment International and arts groups from across Chicago. Middle-schoolers to young adults hone sophisticated techniques, using art to explore identity and self-expression as well as a tool for healing. They also gain valuable professional skills, collaborating on large-scale murals for companies and other projects from concept, planning, building and final installation. GCYC offers an artist mentorship program and art industry exploration partnerships including professional and youth art colabs, studio sessions, youth exhibitions, major expos, local festivals, and more. To help fund programs, youth offer artwork for purchase, learning how to price, market, and sell their work in the campus online shop. A significant portion of proceeds goes directly to youth artists.