The Chicago Academy for the Arts, a Kennedy Center School of Distinction, launches its latest innovative program, The Prodigy Institute this spring. The Prodigy Institute facilitates students’ access to professionals working in the field as well as the community’s access to the some of the most promising young talent in the country.

“The Prodigy Institute engages Chicagoland’s world-class institutions and the world’s most exciting and relevant artists of the day to provide experiences to our most promising young artists,” says Academy Head of School Pamela Jordan. “The Institute’s professional experiences enable our students to elevate their creative potential to the highest level possible, and attract those students with the greatest potential to Chicago and to The Chicago Academy for the Arts.”

The Prodigy Institute increases professional development opportunities for the academy’s students by expanding the number of master classes and artistic residencies; formalizing partnerships with premier international, national and Chicago-based arts organizations; and creating outreach programs that allow students to serve Chicago communities. The Goethe Institut, Harris Theater, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Lyric Opera of Chicago are among the partner arts institutions in the Institute’s inaugural year.

To celebrate the launch, The academy hosted an event Tuesday in February that highlighted  the Prodigy Institute’s vision, and showcased the Institute programming in the dance and visual arts departments.

The Institute’s programming will enhance the curriculum in each of the academy’s six arts disciplines: dance, media arts, music, musical theater, theater and visual arts.

An example of the kind of professional collaboration the academy is providing its students, the visual arts department is bringing in contemporary artist, film maker and cartoonist Lille Carre, whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, New York Times, Best American Comics and Sundance Film Festival, for an artist lecture and master class at the Academy.

The Prodigy Institute program is expected to help position the academy to advance toward its Vision 2020 goal to set new standards in arts education.
ChiArts Academy media arts students program students (photo courtesy ChiArts Academy for the

Chicago's ChiArts Academy for the Arts Launching Prodigy Institute