The Dixon Elementary
public school located on Chicago’s South Side is without question one of the
most unique public schools in the country. The teachers and administrators who
run the school intended it to be not only a place of learning, but also a place of inspiration.
As a result, the school has surrounded the hallways and the outside property with over 200 beautiful and
colorful works of art, and priceless sculptures by some of the foremost
African-American artists in the country, such as Dayo Laoye, Carolyn Elaine, Peter Gray and Faheem Majeed.
And as you
can imagine, there were battles with the Chicago Public Schools bureaucracy who didn’t take kindly to having teachers inspiring
young black impressionable minds in a
But it had to
be done to encourage students to interact with, and respect beautiful works
of African-American art, but also to “remind
students and visitors that the African-American experience is a complex one and
helps students connect with their history, their community and each other”.
and playwright Pamela Sherrod Anderson spent over two years making her documentary
feature film, "The Curators of Dixson School," about the school and its mission. In the past three years the film has traveled around the country on the film
And now it will be screened this Sunday, Aug 25, at The Black Cinema House in Chicago, starting
at 4PM, followed by a Q and A with the filmmaker. As always, seating is free, but you
have to RSVP HERE. Also go HERE to check out the film’s website.
Here’s a clip: