Images from the Teacher Fellowship Program Student Exhibition are available for download here.
CHICAGO -- For more than two decades, Intuit has provided award-winning professional development to educators through its Teacher Fellowship Program (TFP). Throughout the school year, TFP supports a cohort of teachers to create an interdisciplinary lesson plan inspired by outsider artists. By introducing outsider art into their classrooms, Teacher Fellows give their students an opportunity to translate their unique personal visions in new, non-traditional ways that set the stage for non-judgmental art making.
Visual arts teachers partner with math teachers, history teachers, music teachers and more, and together with Intuit's help, they find ways to use outsider art as a catalyst for learning of all kinds for all ages.
"[Intuit's Teacher Fellowship] Program validates that anyone can make art. This program signifies artists that make art for themselves. You don't have to have your work up in a gallery to be an artist, you are simply an artist to yourself. It can be empowering, help us heal, and anything can be used in the making of this art," said Chrissy Gray-Rodriguez, visual arts teacher at John W. Garvy Elementary School, 2018-2019 Intuit Teacher Fellow.
Over the years, the program has reached more than 10,000 students and 200+ Teacher Fellows, who continue to utilize outsider art as a source of inspiration, hope and creative self-fulfillment.
Join the museum in celebrating Intuit's Teacher Fellows and all educators in our community at the Teacher Appreciation Night on Thursday, June 13, from 5-7 p.m. At 6 p.m., a panel of CPS teachers will partake in a discussion on the impacts of using outsider art as a tool for classroom engagement.
Intuit recognizes Terra Foundation for American Art, Crown Family Philanthropies and Polk Bros Foundation for their generous support of the Teacher Fellowship Program.
Established in 1991, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art is one of the premier museums of outsider and self-taught art in the world--with world class exhibitions; resources for scholars and students; a permanent collection of more than 1,200 works of art; the Henry Darger Room Collection; the Robert A. Roth Study Center, a non-circulating collection with a primary focus in the fields of outsider and contemporary self-taught art; and educational programming for people of all interest levels and backgrounds.
Intuit is open to the public Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday and Monday school holidays, noon-5 p.m. More information at www.art.org.