Art In Motion begins expanding the South Shore campus to include a recording studio and theater



SOUTH SHORE – The Art in Motion charter school will operate at two sites for the next school year, as renovations are underway to establish a full arts campus for middle and high school students by 2023.

Art in motionThe school expansion project will bring a broadcast studio, recording studio and theater as well as additional classrooms to the school’s South Shore campus, 7415 S. East End Ave. Construction is expected to be completed in the fall of 2022.

During construction, the school’s seventh and eighth graders will continue to use the main campus which opened in fall 2019.

First-year and second-year high school students will attend a satellite campus at 7522 S. Greenwood Ave. at Grand Crossing for the entire upcoming school year. The building belongs to the New Life Covenant Church Southeast, which is one of schoolThe partners with rapper and actor Common.

With the Grand Crossing campus, “high school kids will have their own space” separate from college kids – much like they will have after renovations are complete, said Kara May, director of Art in Motion.

The two sites will only work for the next school year, May said. All levels will be back on the renovated South Shore campus for 2022-2023.

Art in Motion will expand to enroll sophomores this year, the latest in a plan to add one year each year until 2023-2024, when the school will open to seventh graders. in grade 12.

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The school occupies about 35,000 of the 110,000 square feet of the South Shore property, May said. After the renovations, the school will occupy approximately 90,000 square feet. The rest of the space will be used by the adjacent close-up imaging MRI clinic.

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An interior rendering of the renovated Art in Motion campus.
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The interior of Art in Motion, seen here as construction continues to expand the campus by approximately 60,000 square feet.

During the pandemic, Art in Motion students “had to be a lot more independent as learners because they weren’t sitting in front of a teacher,” May said.

As students return to school, educators will continue to accept “the fact that there are so many different ways” that students can complete assignments – like submitting a video instead of giving a presentation. in class, she said.

“We are grateful that we were able to continue to provide academic and artistic opportunities for students during the pandemic, and we are grateful to our families for being with us,” she said.

A Wiz in motion The June 12 event showcased visual arts, podcasts, dance videos and other works created by students during virtual learning.

The event served as a “cornerstone” for the students’ basic art classes, with an in-person festival on the school grounds and a virtual screening of their vision for the musical “The Wiz,” said May.

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