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FY 2015 Annual Report

Explore Changing Worlds' 2015 Annual Report, Celebrating Cultures, Strengthening Communities. The report highlights our programmatic reach and our financial picture.


  Ten Thousand Ripples: Pubic Art, Peace and Civic Engagement

Ten Thousand Ripples (TTR) is rooted in the belief that art is for people, that community art should contribute to daily life, and that the arts have the power to activate civic engagement, ignite creative ambitions, and foster safe forums for residents to talk. 

These initial beliefs led artists, arts- and community-based organizations, and leaders from across Chicago to envision, support, and advance TTR in their studios, organizations, neighborhoods, and lives. The project brought about community conversations that cultivated new partnerships and increased access to the arts, while establishing a basis for mutual understanding.

Unlocking Pathways to Learning:  A Three-Year Longitudinal Study

In 2012, Changing Worlds released a bold longitudinal study to measure the difference the arts and culturally responsive teaching practices have on a child's academic and social development. 
As a result, Changing Worlds partnered with three Chicago public schools and the Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL) at Loyola University to measure the long-term impact of its Literacy and Cultural Connections Program. A total of 95 students were followed over a three-year period, from fourth through sixth grade.

Merging Changing Worlds and the Shanti Foundation for Peace
Effective October 1, 2011, the Shanti Foundation became a part of Changing Worlds, merging more than 30 years of experience cultivating peace and cross-cultural understanding through the arts

Changing Worlds is committed to continuing and deepening the programming provided by the Shanti Foundation for Peace. 
Learn more about how Changing Worlds is expanding its programs, geographic reach and enhancing its core values to include peace building and nonviolence methodologies.