Jackie Samuel is the founder of Emerge-N-Arts. Her "arting" experiences include performing at various Chicago theater companies and film roles. She was the artistic director of Bethel Cultural Arts Center on Chicago's West Side for four years. Samuel has also been an arts educator for more than fifteen years for the Chicago Public Schools system as a member of Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE). After contributing her art education experiences to two books, Teachers Doing Research and Renaissance in the Classroom, Samuel has worked as a consultant for various school districts and arts councils, nationally and internationally. She currently serves as a consultant for the Building Communities through the Arts program through Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC).

Artistic Statement: 

Emerge-N-Arts is composed of a group of diverse teaching artists that work collaboratively, integrating and combining art forms such as theater, media arts, visual arts, writing, and dance into a theme-based project or a curriculum-based unit. We offer creative arts classes and workshops for grades K-12 and professional development workshops for teachers, in addition to arts programming for community-based organizations. Our goal is to provide access to the arts, inspire the creative mind, and promote the power of learning through the arts.

Residency Type: 
Performance Company