"The future belongs to young people with an education and the imagination to
–President Barack Obama
“The arts significantly boost student achievement, reduces discipline problems,
and increases the odds students will go on to graduate from college.’”
-Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education
On November 15th, Friends of Pritzker kicked off this year’s annual giving:
One Mission. Many Stars.
The Annual Giving Campaign for 2012-2013 begins
November 15th and runs through March 1st, 2013.
"A broad education in the arts helps give children a better understanding of their
world…We need students who are culturally literate as well as math and science
–Paul Ostergard, Vice President, Citicorp
Enhance the sound system in the auditorium – the heart of our
performing arts program;
Expand our Artist in Residence and Music programming to give our
students the unique experience of collaborating with professionals in the
fields of art, music, poetry, dance and drama; and,
Create a studio space on the stage for dance and drama classes and
"The rapidly evolving global economy demands a dynamic and
creative workforce. The arts and its related businesses are responsible
for billions of dollars in cultural exports for this country. It is imperative that
we continue to support the arts and arts education both on the national
and local levels. The strength of every democracy is measured by its
commitment to the arts.”
–Charles Segars, CEO of Ovation
Why the ARTS? The FACTS:
The arts teach essential life skills: collaboration, decision-making,
innovation, creativity and critical thinking.
Research shows that participation in the arts develops self-confidence and
persistence and adds to academic achievement, school success and
preparation for the work world.
There are 676 students at Pritzker. Many students experience arts and
hold a musical instrument for the very first time at Pritzker. Other may not
experience art and music outside of their school day.
According to our music teacher, Dr. Jenkins: “Pritzker is one of 12% of
the CPS schools that is a Fine and Performing Arts School. What
differentiates our school is that we offer the full range of programming:
music, visual arts, drama, dance and poetry. Many of these schools do
not have both a music and an art teacher!”
Our teachers endorse it!
“Whoever has skill in music is of good temperament and fitted for all things. We
must teach music in schools.”
– Martin Luther
“Music is about communication, creativity, and cooperation, and by studying
music in schools, students have the opportunity to build on these skills, enrich
their lives, and experience the world from a new perspective.”
– Bill Clinton, Former President of the United States
How will the auditoriurm upgrades and music programming benefit Pritzker
 Improve intellectual skills at all levels
 More students can have access to art, music, drama, dance and poetry
 By building a community center at the school, we will attract more families
and outside resources to Pritzker
 The new design will create a multi-functional learning space to enhance
student learning
“I believe arts education in music, theater, dance, and the visual arts is
one of the most creative ways we have to find the gold that is buried just
beneath the surface. They (children) have an enthusiasm for life a spark of
creativity, and vivid imaginations that need training – training that prepares
them to become confident young men and women.”
– Richard W. Riley, Former US Secretary of Education
“We need people who think with the creative side of their brains—people
who have played in a band, who have painted…it enhances symbiotic
thinking capabilities, not always thinking in the same paradigm, learning
how to kick-start a new idea, or how to get a job done better, less
–Annette Byrd, GlaxoSmithKline
Why give?
Parent involvement builds the best schools
Your donation is 100% tax deductible
100% of your contribution money goes directly to this project.
Many companies provide matching donations, dollar for dollar. You can
double, and possibly triple your donation. Last year, families increased
their donation with a company match. Check:
Chicago Public School continues to cut our budget. To hire the best
teachers, run basic school operations and invest in the best technology
and arts programming, we need outside resources.
“The arts are an essential element of education, just like reading, writing,
and arithmetic…music, dance, painting, and theater are all keys that
unlock profound human understanding and accomplishment.”
–William Bennett, Former US Secretary of Education
“Music is a more potent instrument than any other for education, because rhythm
and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul.”
– Plato