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Updated: Oct 26, 2021

This fall, Marwen is holding weekly workshops on preparing for college or high school. Workshop of the Week is a weekly series that occurs every Tuesday from September 28 to October 26. Three workshops are virtual, and two workshops are in-person. One of our workshops is a Portfolio Review Day IN-PERSON at Marwen with representatives who know the ins-and-outs of the art school application process!

All workshops are free and open to young people interested in planning their next steps.

What to know before you register:

  • There are 5 unique workshops. You can register for as many as you like!

  • Workshops start the week of September 28 and end the week of October 26.

  • You can register up until the time the workshop starts. We encourage you to sign up sooner rather than later, so you don’t miss out.

  • 3 workshops are virtual, and 2 workshops are in-person. Each description will indicate whether virtual or in-person.

  • Open to ALL Chicago young people and emerging artists (ages 11-24)

Have questions? Reach out to us anytime at or via text at 312.374.2968. Please note that webinars will be recorded and published through Marwen.



FAFSA: Financial Aid Essentials

TUESDAY, September 28, 5:30 - 6:30 pm

Location: Virtual, on ZOOM


We’ll review the FAFSA, the application for federal student aid for college, which opens on October 1. The workshop will include updates to the FAFSA and other financial aid resources (scholarships, state aid, etc.) for the upcoming year.

Our guest speaker will be Crystal Lopez, ISACorps Representative at the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.

About Crystal: She works for the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. They are a state agency that provides information to students and family to make college more accessible and affordable. This is her second year at ISAC and it is actually her first job out of college. She graduated from UIC in May of 2020 with a bachelors in political science and a minor in sociology.


Marwen Alumni Panel: What’s College Like?

TUESDAY, October 5, 5:30 - 6:30 pm

Location: Virtual, on ZOOM


We’ll chat with Marwen alumni who are current or recent college students. They will discuss the transition from high school to college, the effort to keep making art in college, and overall college life.

Our guest speakers will be Elizabeth Cardona, Messiah Young, and Vivian Zamora.

About Vivian: She is a sophomore at DePaul University where she is majoring in Computer Science with a concentration in Software Engineering. Along with her interest in computer programming she also has worked on workshops and public programming with Weinberg/Newton Gallery and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

About Messiah: He is a 23 year old artist/designer from Chicago, currently based out of Atlanta. He attended Marwen from 5th grade throughout high school.

About Elizabeth: She is an aspiring first generation Chicago artist born in 1999. She spent most of her years living in Little Village and Pilsen. Which are two neighborhoods that are important to her and they influence the work she makes. She decided to combine her passion for art and helping others by pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education.


How to Sell Your Artwork

TUESDAY, October 12, 5 - 7pm

Location: IN-PERSON @ Marwen (833 N. Orleans St. Chicago, IL)


We are excited to introduce a new workshop for October 12th, 2021 that will help young people learn how to sell their artwork! This workshop is intended to help young people, emerging artists, and teaching artists who are submitting work to Marwen’s Art Fair, but all are welcome to join. It will include guest speakers who will talk about their personal experience selling work, individually and with Marwen. You will gain knowledge on how to price traditional and non-traditional artwork, framing pieces, etc. and we will have time to answer any questions that you may have. In the end, students will receive guidance on submitting the art fair submission google form.

Location: IN-PERSON, at Marwen (833 N Orleans St, Chicago, IL)


Our guest speakers will be Regin Igloria, a Marwen Teaching Artist and Board Member, and Steph Krim, an artist & arts administrator.

About Regin: He is a multidisciplinary artist and educator based in Chicago. His drawings, artists’ books, sculptures, and performances portray the human condition as it relates to the natural environment and inhabited spaces. He has several years of arts administration and teaching experience and founded North Branch Projects, an organization that builds connections through the book arts. Igloria has taught at places such as Marwen, Rhode Island School of Design, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Snow City Arts, and Carthage College. He is a recipient of a 2011 3Arts Award, as well as local, national, and international grants and support through artist residencies, and has exhibited internationally.

About Steph: She is an artist and arts administrator working in the Chicagoland area. An SAIC allum, Krim currently works as the store manager of Buddy Chicago, a non profit art store in the Chicago Cultural Center, and recently launched her creative vending machine project, Good Things Vending. Steph is passionate about creating and fostering collaborative opportunities for artists and makers. Prior to her time with Buddy she was a co-founder of State Matters, an educational non-profit, and the hospitality director for Illinois Humanities Elective Studies Supper Club.


IN-PERSON: Portfolio Review!

TUESDAY, October 19, 5 - 7 pm

Location: IN-PERSON @ Marwen (833 N. Orleans St. Chicago, IL)


Location: IN-PERSON, meet at Marwen (833 N Orleans St, Chicago, IL)

PLEASE REGISTER for an in-person session with one of our guest reviewers.

We’ll meet IN-PERSON at Marwen for one-on-one sessions with people experienced with the portfolio process for art school and college applications. Each session will be 20 minutes and will be set up in a socially distanced setting at Marwen. We’ll also have an open photo station for young artists who want to document their work for their portfolios!

Our guest speakers will be James Tsitiridis from Columbia College Chicago, Jannet Habibovic from Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, and Jonathan Korotko from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

About James: He is from Columbia College Chicago is an alumnus('17), admissions representative, and local artist reviewing at tonight's portfolio fair. James primary illustration work is editorial seen in SouthSideWeekly and WBUR. While at Columbia James worked for the college's newspaper The Columbia Chronicle. As recently as 2021 the student-run-publication was named the #1 weekly collegiate newspaper in the nation.

About Jannet: She is a Senior Admissions Counselor, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. A recent graduate of the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design's Communication Design Program with a minor in New Studio Practice: Painting , Jannet is currently a full-time Senior Admissions Counselor for her alma mater. Originally from Chicago's northside, Jannet attended Lane Tech High School where she was an active student on campus. Her favorite part about her job is speaking with high school students about their passion projects and helping build their future careers in art & design.


GoCPS: High School Application Process

TUESDAY, October 26, 5:30 - 6:30pm

Location: Virtual, on ZOOM


We’ll review the general GoCPS application process for Chicago public and charter high schools. We will include new updates to this year’s process.

Have questions? Reach out to us anytime at or via text at 312.374.2968. Please note that webinars will be recorded and published through Marwen.


THANK YOU for your generous support. We couldn't do what we do without you.

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