Community Resources & Nonprofit

About Us

Marwen educates and inspire young people to nurture their growth and build their futures through art and community. Founded in 1987, Marwen has supported more than 14,000 young people through our no-cost studio arts courses, academic counseling, and professional development programs. Our programs are especially crucial to Chicago's low-income communities of color, who face systemic barriers to accessing high-quality arts education and pathways to creative careers. Marwen's programming nurtures young people's creative expression, affirms their identities and choices, and builds their connections to peers and mentors. The skills, confidence, and relationships that begin at Marwen open doors to futures filled with possibilities. Marwen relies on support from generous donors to sustain our robust programming and to keep all our programs at no cost to young people and their families.


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