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Enrollment Opens for Spring After School Matters Classes at Gallery 37

 After School Matters' summer dance ensemble performs in Daley Plaza.
After School Matters' summer dance ensemble performs in Daley Plaza.
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THE LOOP — Chicago Public School students interested in expanding their arts education can now enroll in spring semester extension classes at Gallery 37 Center for the Arts.

Most spring session classes begin in early February, and typically meet three days a week for 10 to 16 week sessions.

Offerings at Gallery 37 include a clay relief study, where teens can learn the history of ceramics and create their own pieces, a vocal arts ensemble, which combines singing, dancing and acting, and a culinary artistry program where teens learn to prepare and plate restaurant-quality dishes.

The downtown arts facility, and other sites across the city, offer beyond-the-classroom programming to roughly 7,000 CPS students each term as part of After School Matters, an enrichment program founded by former Chicago First Lady Maggie Daley in 1991. Daley chaired the non-profit until her death in 2011.

Students are encouraged to sign up early, as classes fill quickly. Programs are free, and Chicago residents age 14 and older enrolled in CPS schools are eligible to participate. Register online at the After School Matters website, or by phone at 312-742-4182.