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Can't Afford Art Classes? Hyde Park Center Allows You To Pay What You Can

By Sam Cholke | September 1, 2017 8:47am
 The Hyde Park Art Center is testing out letting people pay what they want for art classes.
The Hyde Park Art Center is testing out letting people pay what they want for art classes.
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HYDE PARK — The Hyde Park Art Center is testing out a pay-what-you-can model for many of its arts classes this fall.

The art center at 5020 S. Cornell Ave. is trying a community-supported model for four of its arts courses for kids and adults when registration opens on Friday.

“We believe that everyone should have access to high-quality arts education, regardless of economic circumstances,” the art center said in an announcement. “The suggested tuition donation goes directly to cover costs associated with the program.”

Any donation made over the suggest amount will be used to help cover the costs of other students and families who can’t afford the tuition, according to the art center.

The program is starting small, with four of the 67 fall classes, testing the donation-based model.

Among the courses are an adult documentary film class, a weekly multi-media art class for kids ages five to 11, a family drawing and painting course and an overview of many art-making techniques for teens in middle school.

The suggested donation ranges from $125 to $290.

For more information and a complete list of classes, visit the art center’s website.