CHANGING WORLDS

Over 20 years of inclusive communities through the arts

Chicago, IL   |  www.changingworlds.org

Mission

Changing Worlds' mission is to foster inclusive communities through oral history, writing and art programs that improve student learning, affirm identity and enhance cross-cultural understanding.

Ruling year info

2000

Executive Director

Alicia Vega

Main address

PO Box 167294

Chicago, IL 60616 USA

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EIN

36-4340874

NTEE code info

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

Intergroup/Race Relations (R30)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

We work towards our mission through in-depth school partnership programs, professional development workshops and institutes for teachers and outreach to broaders audiences through our traveling exhibits and community programs.

Population(s) Served

Our after-school programs are year-long residencies led by teaching artists, and harness the power of the arts to improve student learning, foster identity exploration, and bridge cultural divides. In addition to at least 10 studio sessions, students take field trips to local arts and cultural events. Lastly, our Passport to High School Success (PHSS) after-school program partners with America SCORES Chicago (a 21st Century Community Learning Center lead agency). The PHSS program supports high school and career readiness components for middle school students through year-long arts, culture, sports, and creative writing.

Population(s) Served

We also provide one-on-one professional development sessions to Chicago Public Schools teachers and our cadre of teaching artists and writers in arts integration techniques. Our art and writing curriculum dismantles stereotypes, teaches empathy and understanding, and incorporates youth voice and youth choice to ensure that students’ opinions and ideas are integrated into their learning goals.

Population(s) Served

Follow the journeys of immigrant and refugee families through their stories of change, loss, cultural traditions, new beginnings, triumphs and dreams for the future. These intergenerational stories, derived from our original exhibit at Hibbard Elementary School in Albany Park, were told by families from Poland, Cambodia, Iraq, Mexico, Somalia, Pakistan, Nicaragua, Palestine, Bosnia, Kosovo and Puerto Rico.

Translations of the family stories into 16 different languages enable people of many backgrounds to experience the exhibit while learning about the differences and discovering common bonds.

Exhibit features maps, photos and the stories of 11 families printed on colorful vinyl panels. The 12th panel is an introduction to the exhibit. There are 6 free-standing structures that each display two panels.

Changing Worlds can ship the exhibit anywhere in the continental United States! You will receive easy-to-follow instructions for setting up and breaking down the exhibit. Additional shipping fees apply. To bring the oral history and photography traveling exhibit to your school, special event or community-based site, contact Alicia Vega at [email protected] or (312) 421-8261.

Population(s) Served

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Financials

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CHANGING WORLDS

Board of directors
as of 1/8/2019
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Board chair

Jason Osborn

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes