Jean Parisi


Jean Parisi is an artist, performer, director, and clown. She has developed arts-integrated curricula, conducted visual and performing arts residencies including extensive work with special populations, and provided professional development since 1976. Parisi has performed extensively in the Chicago area: with the Pros Arts Ensemble on school stages and neighborhood parks, in Italy with the Italian American Theater, and on "TV Pros," a children’s series on CAN TV. Her illustrations are a monthly feature in the Fra Noi newspaper. Parisi has an MFA in Performance and a BFA in Sculpture. She is the recipient of the Public/Community Service Award from the Illinois Alliance for Arts Education, an IAC Artists Fellowship, and several Neighborhood Arts Project grants from the City of Chicago.

Artistic Statement: 

The arts have always been an important and integral part of my life. When I teach or perform, I share this with my students and audiences, helping them discover the artists inside themselves. Artists are problem solvers, and for thirty years, I have used the arts to address a full spectrum of issues. In residencies, I encourage young people to do the same - to think creatively for themselves. As a performing and visual artist, I bring an interdisciplinary approach to a residency. As a clown, I look for humorous solutions to difficult situations. I have extensive experience in improvisation and collaboration, which are great tools for team teaching, for working with other educators, and when working in settings and with populations where traditional methods are not always effective.

Residency Type: 
Individual Artist