Gordon Parks Arts Hall Dedication

The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools


Gordon Parks Arts Hall is Lab’s first space created for education in all of the arts. Students who aspire to become artists in any medium will be able to develop their skills at the highest possible level. Students who enjoy the practice or consumption of art on a more casual basis will draw inspiration from their surroundings. Even students who profess no interest in any art form whatsoever will have an opportunity to stretch their horizons—and perhaps discover a passion or a new interest.


“Art is the most effective mode of communication that exists,” Dewey said. Through the arts, we share ideas, emotions, even problems and solutions. The arts can change lives, or simply make them more enjoyable to live.


Gordon Parks Arts Hall is a fitting tribute to the legacy of its namesake and the future of the Laboratory Schools, and will fuel the creativity of its students and faculty.