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The Loop is also defined by youth – its young artists enrolled at Joffrey Ballet’s academy, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and others. “We have 400 students a day popping in and out of our studios at Randolph and State,” said Joffrey Executive Director Greg Cameron. “Youth is one of the great changes in the Loop.” There are 3,000 undergraduate and graduate art students at the School of the Art Institute, living in student housing located on State, Wabash, Madison and Van Buren. Loop arts students also include those at the American Academy of Art, which dates its Loop presence back to 1923.
Hundreds of additional arts students flock to the Loop for summer intensive programs, and suburban universities are now offering Loop-based arts intensives that include internships at Loop institutions.5 Youth performing arts ensembles in the Loop are also plentiful, including the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras and the Chicago Children’s Choir.
In January 2016, the Goodman Theatre completed construction on the Alice Rapoport Center for Education and Engagement, a 10,000-square-foot arts and community center in the heart of the Loop. The Goodman provides free tickets, enriched learning opportunities and intensive training for 3,000 local high school students per year.
The CSO alone performs 40 concerts expressly for students in Chicago’s schools, bringing 40,000 students a year, from 175 schools, into the Loop for the arts. The Auditorium Theatre brings 11,000 students from the Chicago Metropolitan area into performances and boasts Creative Engagement programs including the ArtsXChange Teacher Professional Development Program serving 24 teachers and 600 students annually.
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