Growing up on the south side of Chicago, Gwendolyn Brooks read and wrote as a child. Her first poem was published when she was 14 years old. She attended college but could not find suitable work during the Depression
The bottom line is that children who have more arts education do better in school and in life. Significantly, the correlation happens to be strongest for low-income youth, the students most often failed by our schools.
Today is a new day in Chicago. This week is the first in more than 120 years that Chicago will be without Jane Addams Hull House -- one of the preeminent social service agencies in the nation. It's a sobering thought.