Shanti Foundation for Peace


Shanti Foundation creates high quality arts education experiences in which participants learn the basic skills and principles of an art form through a collaborative art-making experience. Professional artists with teaching and community experience lead the collaborative Shanti programs and maintain a high level of artistic excellence while advancing curricular goals and emphasizing nonviolence concepts. Shanti programming is a collaborative effort of planning, implementation, and evaluation. Shanti partners have included numerous Evanston and Chicago public schools, the Chicago Park District, Garfield Park Conservatory, the Illinois Council for Violence Prevention, WBEZ, Family Matters, Y.O.U., the Field Museum, the Chicago Children’s Museum, the City of Evanston, and Family Focus Englewood. Shanti encourages meaningful interactions between individuals through the creative process and constructs a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere where friendships can grow and flourish.

Artistic Statement: 

Established in 1993, Shanti Foundation for Peace is an award-winning not-for-profit that creates and implements powerful arts and education programs for children and adults in the Chicago metropolitan area. Shanti programming helps children realize their creative potential, equips teachers with new teaching tools, helps participants develop lifelong nonviolence decision-making and nonviolence skills, and enables schools and community organizations to advance their goals. Shanti also leads community art initiatives that address issues of diversity and inclusiveness to foster healthy and vibrant communities. Shanti uses a wide range of artistic media that teach essential art skills, engage students in new ways, and develop interpersonal, self-management, and conflict resolution skills. Participants create innovative, thought-provoking works of art, using such media as visual arts, drama, poetry, storytelling, photography, dance, creative writing, and filmmaking.

Residency Type: 
Performance Company

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