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Gallery 111

Mission Statement:

Gallery 111’s mission is to provide arts exposure and education as it relates to the core subject areas. Due to the rigorous nature of the academic structure at Skinner, arts are used to reinforce the curriculum in a creative way. It is our belief that the arts supplement, heighten and expand all of our subjects. In addition to benefiting their academics, we also see the arts as a tool to promote higher order and abstract thinking skills. The arts are also used to embrace our cultural differences. Art appeals to the whole child, encouraging them to be well-rounded individuals and instilling in them a lifelong love of learning.

Please visit us at to purchase tickets to this year's "No Art Left Behind” Fundraiser.

Gallery 111 Gala was a Success! 

Gallery 111 would like to thank all parents, teachers & community members that supported the "No Art Left Behind" Gala!

The event was a HUGE success, raising over $30,000 to provide Skinner students with arts programming from the best art organizations Chicago has to offer!

For those participants that did not pick up the items that they won, please pick up in the Art Room.

No Art Left Behind Gala is Saturday, May 16!

Wondering why you should support our annual Gallery 111 Gala?

  1. Currently our 2nd & 4th graders are working with Hands On Stanzas in a 20-week residency. Poet-in-Residence, Larry O Dean brings in a published poem to discuss with the students, uses that as a prompt for the students to write original work, and then perform. Each week he publishes several exemplary poems from each class on the Skinner West Hands On Stanzas blog.
  1. Our 5th& 6th graders started their 10-week drama residency with Emerald City which has strong literacy ties and heavily aligns with school curriculum. A performance is in the works! 
  1. Our 7th & 8th graders have begun working with Green Star Movement, making tiles and working on the design for our outdoor Mosaic!
  1. Kindergarten are learning about drama through stories and music in their 4 week residency and 1st grade starts next week learning dances from around the world with May I Have This Dance!  

    Skinner Art Show Success

    Gallery 111 wants to thank everyone who came out to support our artists and arts programming last Friday at our student art show! It was a huge success because of YOU! 
    Big thanks also to all our volunteers and Glee!

    Art cards and Gallery 111 shirts are always for sale in the art room or by contacting Ms. Bovit at (All artwork can be picked up in the art room).


Congratulations to Gallery 111's Art Show Winners

Art Show is Feb. 7th, 2015 

Congratulations to the winners of the art contest and thank you to all our artists! We have so many talented artists which made this a very difficult decision! Gallery 111 looks forward to displaying ALL ARTWORK at our annual art show on February 6th here at Skinner.  The event will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  All Skinner parents, students, families and friends are invited to view the artwork and listen to Skinner's Glee Club perform. 

The follow artist's work will be made into greeting cards and sold and the event:

    • Nora B.
    • Katelyn M.
    • Miles K.
    • Aarav M.
    • Xander B.
    • Nandi M.
    • Ingrid L.
    • Rebecca B.
    • Mila M.
    • Nell H.

Honorable Mention

    • Gargi H.
    • Carter H.
    • Madeline A.
    • Dahlia T.
    • Arly D.

Thank You for Supporting the Arts!

Skinner West's Gallery 111 Board would like to personally THANK everyone who came to Hubbard Street Dance Center to support our mission of providing all the students at Skinner West with a well-rounded arts education.

Our annual "No Art Left Behind" silent auction raised over $20,000!  

Your donations help fund Skinner West students in school residencies from Redmoon, Second City, Poetry Center, May I Have This Dance?, Emerald City Theatre, Felting Workshops, Baba Eli drumming, CSO field trips, Lyric Opera, MCA, etc. 

We cannot express how much we appreciate the time and effort put in by the teachers, parents, volunteers, and friends of Skinner West's community.  We could not have done this without you!  

Thank you to all the donors, Hubbard Street Dance Center, Beverage Testing Institute, Third Coast Chef, Todd Appel, DJ Pauly and the list goes on.

If there were any pictures from the event, please send to

If you were unable to attend, there are still other ways to you can support G111:  
                      * Bidding on items that did not have bids by  emailing:

   * i.e., Spots are still open to donate $40 to hear Señor Alvizuri, a 3 time Olympic swimmer, who will speak for 1.5hrs on May 29th and cover topics of how to become the athlete you want, how to set up goals, and how to keep balance between competitive sports and school;  bid on Volo Auto Museum tickets; Hubbard Dance Passes; Ibanez Jumpstart Electric Guitar Set; Thomas Fallon Family Portrait Session; Tickets to "Stories in Motion" Joffrey Ballet & Signed Pointe Shoes; Shambhala Photo Classes; etc.          

 * Donating directly to Gallery 111 via or check made payable to "Gallery 111" provided to your child's classroom teacher.

Your contributions will help future in-school residencies; will help fund an outdoor mosaic created by Skinner students, teachers and community members to honor Principal Clark's 20th Anniversary; and will help fund our Blue Ribbon Ceremony honoring our recent school status.

Gallery 111

Congratulations and a sincere thank you to everyone who helped make the Gallery 111 event No Art Left Behind event such a success! We raised over $21,000 for art programming at Skinner West through your generous contributions. 
A very special thank you to all the parents, volunteers, teachers, and staff who donated their time, money, and expertise to the event. We are also so appreciative of all the silent auction donors, the Beverage Tasting Institute, Bombon Cafe, DJ Pauly, The Joffrey Ballet, and Third Coast Chef for their generous contributions.

If you would still like to make a donation, please DO!!!! Donation's can still be made on-line at Every donation goes to the INCREDIBLE Skinner Art's Program

Gallery 111 would like to express a heartfelt "Thank You" to all of the patrons of the arts who joined us for the Skinner West "States of Mind" Art Show. Students enjoyed crafts, button making, cookie decorating, face painting & a fantastic live performance by our Skinner "Glee" Club. Congratulations to Nandi M. who is our finalist that will have her artwork displayed at Zolla Lieberman Gallery. The artists featured in our Art Card Fundraiser are Mila M., Nell H., Fiona L.C., Cynthia D., Eloise G., Iryna M., Max K., Sophia R. & Ruth Z. Art Cards are available for sale in packs of 10 for $10.00 in the Art Room. The show raised approximately $1,000 which will go towards this year's art, music, dance & theater programming for Skinner West students.

Click here to view photos from the Art Show.

Gallery 111 is an organization within Skinner West that is run by parents, teachers & community volunteers that strive to provide approximately $20,000 in arts programming on an annual basis to every grade at Skinner West. We procure the best programming, from Chicago's great art institutions, such as:

  • Redmoon Theater (10 week residency + performances)
  • Old Town School of Folk Music
  • "May I Have this Dance" (4 week residency + performance)
  • The Poetry Center of Chicago (10 week residency)
  • Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Lyric Opera in the Neighborhoods
  • Emerald City Theater (6 week residency)
  • House of Blues
  • Steppenwolf Theater
  • National Mexican Museum of Art
  • Adventure Stage Theater (10 week residency + performance)
  • Djembe Drum workshop

 Interested in supporting Gallery 111? Join us for meetings and events! The next Gallery 111 meeting is 12/11 @ 7:30 pm. At the last meeting, committee members present thought an off site evening meeting would be fun, and wanted to accommodate members unable to make meetings scheduled right after school ends. Please rsvp email Dina ( if you plan to attend and she will send you all the info.

The committee looks forward to seeing anyone who can make it.

Gallery 111 Events 2012/2013

Gallery 111 Sponsors 7th Grade Field Trip and T-Shirt Breakfast

Last week, Gallery 111 sponsored a 7th grade field trip to House of Blues where the group was guided by "House of Blues" Educational Staff and also Skinner's very own Ms. Maatouk and Ms. Bovit. Students learned about American culture and history through an exploration of blues music and an impressive folk art collection.

The program combines visual arts with live music; connects arts and cultural content with other subjects; aligns content and learning activities with state educational standards; and supports teachers in integrating arts and cultural content into classroom curriculum. To learn more about the event, please visit:

Thank you to all the students, teachers & parents who enjoyed a morning of art, music and donuts in support of our "Gallery 111 T-shirt Breakfast". It was a great time to get to know our new parents and to find out how we can further arts programming for Skinner students.

Upcoming Events:

In celebration of Asian Heritage Month, enjoy lunch and a tour of Chinatown by our very own Chinese Mandarin teacher, Ms. Kong on Saturday, June 12th. Click here for more details.

Gallery111 Fundraising Event Raises $18,000 for Arts Programming~

THANK YOU to all of our parents, teachers & friends who supported the arts programs for next year! The No Art Left Behind silent auction on May 5th, 2012 raised approximately $18,000 for next year's programming. A special thanks to our teachers for not only getting "dressed to the nines", but for making more creative classroom projects. As a result, the projects were auctioned off at higher bids as the years progress:

  • Ms. Christiansen - A huge THANK YOU for organizing the raffle, teacher treats, and encouraging teachers to dedicate their time and energy to Gallery 111 projects and events. 
  • Ms. Bovit- your talent and guidance with our students really shows in the highly creative, superior quality of the projects they have created! You are so appreciated. 
  • Mrs. Rupp & Mrs. Sittner - thank you for securing approximately 80% off the auction items. 
  • A big THANK YOU to Deb Bernstein and Jerald O'Kennard who provided the beverages, fabulous auction items, programming assistance, and so much more to make the evening a success. 
  • Paul Caston - thank you DJ'ing the event, filling the room with your tunes, making us all happy! 
  • Jenny Hasler - THANK YOU for chairing the event: from brainstorming, organizing, implementing and solving down to the tiny details to make the evening flow. 
  • The Gallery 111 committee worked very hard for months to bring in extra income for the school. Many thanks to the following: Deb Bernstein, Ms. Bovit, Theresa Bui, Lorri Burton-Myhand, Mrs. Christiansen, Ms. Fisher, Christophe Gauspohl, Jenny Hasler, Carol Hennessy, Kira Kurka, Kathleen Lyons, Mrs. Rupp, Mrs. Sittner, and Dina Wolf 
  • Again, we cannot thank our sponsors enough & we hope our Skinner West population will support the following businesses:

Third Coast Chef (catering)
Bombon Cafe (Skinner parents, desserts)
Unscene (Skinner parent, press)
Beverage Testing Institute (Skinner parents, beverages!)

  • Last but not least, Kira Kurka for her creative spirit continuing to inspire Gallery 111's mission and the countless hours, sleepless nights, to ensure No Art is Left Behind at Skinner!!!

Hearts for the Arts
Thank you all for making HEARTS for the ARTS event a success. 

On Feb. 10th, 2012, in the midst of a small snowstorm, many of you arrived to help and participate in the HeARTS for the ARTS event.    Thank you for coming to support your child(ren), their art efforts, and our school in this successful art show event!  


g111 wishes to thank some very important people who contributed to this event: 
A special thanks to:

Mrs. Maatouk & Glee Club for demonstrating that Skinner kids are not all academics & they can rock a stage!  
Mrs. (and Mr.) Christiansen for the wooden hearts (which we all know was a lot of work & then some!).  
Ms. Bovit for always taking initiative, being organized & uber creative at the same time!  
Marcy & her stylish dad for setting up the portraits. Can't wait to see the pics.  
Sunil & George at Sharprint for making the rush job on the shirts, they look great. The delivery was a pleasant surprise!  
Christophe for the wonderful cookie donation from Bleeding Heart Cafe &  for the top notch cards from Graphic Image Corp.  
g111 army of teachers and volunteered parents (too many to name) for their time and effort to make this event possible - communications, getting food for the event in the snowstorm pizzas & drinks, manning the tables of t-shirts and crafts, helped organized the art on the 2nd floor  
All you parents who encouraged your children to draw and submit their artwork.   

....& many thanks to Mrs. Clark for trusting us to take over the second floor.

Three Ways to Give

  • Need a boost in the morning, with the recent daylight savings time change?  Bridgeport Coffee has created the gallery111 coffee blend - Burundi Gacokwe - to give you the boost.  Support g111 and a local business by purchasing a 12 oz bag of coffee for $12. 
  • "HeARTS for the ARTS" Cards are available for purchase at 10 cards for $10. They can be used as thank you notes or just thinking of you notes to send to someone. 
  • To support the upcoming May 5th "No Art Left Behind" event, t-shirts are available for sale in various colors and sizes.  Children sizes are $15 and adult sizes are $20 per t-shirt. 

How is your money spent?

From the recent Skinner West Communications survey, parents expressed an interest in knowing how money raised through various fundraising activities is spent.

Gallery111’s primary focus is the arts programming at Skinner West.  The g111 committee is comprised of volunteers - teachers, parents, and neighborhood friends, working together to bring the arts to the children of Skinner West.   Your generous and continued support in recent and ongoing gallery111 events, such as "Hearts for the Arts", coffee and t-shirt sales have made the art programming possible. The upcoming "No Art Left Behind" event is a highly anticipated evening event for adults to enjoy the company of the Skinner West School community, in the midst of displayed arts, music, cocktails, light fare, and a silent auction.

We welcome you to join us in our efforts to provide quality arts programming to our children.  Please, if interested.  At your convenience, please see the ongoing arts programming that gallery111 has supported.


In 2002 Skinner received an IAAA (Improving Academic Achievement Through the Arts) grant from the CPS Bureau of Cultural Affairs. Upon being awarded the grant, two teachers, Mrs. Jennifer Christiansen and Mrs. Natalie Huber became the Co-Chairs of The Skinner Arts Committee. At this time they worked together with a small group of teachers to create a budget, plan and implement arts programming for our Skinner Students.

The IAAA grant was given to our school and a handful of others over the course of 4 school years.

The first year, 2002-2003, was the Planning Phase: Project Development. We were given $15,000.00 which went toward teacher planning, consulting and equipment for the following school year’s art programs.

2003-2004 year was the Implementation Phase. We were awarded $25,000 to fund this phase of the program. The Bureau of Cultural Affairs paired us with Urban Gateways as our arts partner. Our teachers and their artists worked together to implement artist in residency programs, field trips to matinee performances, and in school cultural performances.

During the 2003-2004 school year Mrs. Christiansen and Mrs. Natalie Huber applied for and were awarded a Cultural Education Program grant (CEP) from Urban Gateways. The total value over the course of four years would be $48,000. Each year would guarantee $12,000.00 worth of programming for Skinner's Students. The first year UG gave us the full 12,000, in 04-05 we were responsible for $4,000, in 05-06 our responsibility was $8,000 and the final year, we were responsible for the entire 12,000. It was at the end of the 2004 school year that Natalie Huber and Jennifer Christiansen realized that this “art thing” was growing. We needed the help of other teachers to assist with implementing and planning arts programming and dedicated parents to help out with fundraising efforts to enable us to pay for our financial responsibility to Urban Gateways. The parent/teacher committee that formed came to be Gallery 111.


Jacqueline Bovit
Jen Christiansen
Amy Sittner
Megan Rupp
Jen Schildmeyer
Jen Helfrich
Kevin Lewamdowski
Ed Chau
Sarah Lohman




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