Catalyst teacher Mrs. Shapiro featured in blog post

The Catalyst Circle Rock school community has been inspired by Mrs. Yoonshil Shapiro for over ten years, and now her incredible impact is being shared with a larger audience! Check out Mrs. Shapiro's story from a recent blog post by Elevate Chicago, in which she describes some of her experiences as an educator at Catalyst Circle Rock.  The article is linked here, and a HUGE shout out to Mrs. Shapiro!

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Kehrein Center for the Arts featured in Austin Weekly News!

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Kehrein Center for the Arts at Catalyst Circle Rock was featured in an extensive article in the Austin Weekly News! The center will feature a 1,000 seat auditorium named named in honor of Glen and Lonni Kehrein, the founders of Circle Urban Ministries 45 years ago in the Austin.  Check out the article linked here.

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Catalyst Maria STEAM EXPO 2018

Please plan to join the Catalyst Maria K-12 school community on May 31, 2018 from 4:00-8:00 pm for the 2nd annual STEAM EXPO!

STEAM 2018 will feature scholars K-12 exhibiting, performing, and demonstrating their accomplishments in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM). The event will also host a community resource fair featuring the National Museum of Mexican Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, CHICAT, SWOP, IMAN, and more We are anticipating thousands of supporters at this incredible event, and if you would like to support or have any questions, please contact Sean Hamilton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!


Kehrein Center for the Arts groundbreaking

On Thursday morning, scholars, parents, stakeholders, and community members convened at Catalyst Circle Rock to break ground on a new center for the arts, a 1,000-seat auditorium.  At the ceremony, the name for this center was publicly revealed for the first time – the Kehrein Center for the Arts.  The center is named in honor of Glen and Lonni Kehrein, the founders of Circle Urban Ministries 45 years ago in the Austin neighborhood.

Catalyst was honored to host over 200 attendees, including U.S. Representative Danny Davis and Alderman Chris Taliaferro. The event was featured in various media outlets, including Fox 32 Chicago, linked here.

Many, many, many thanks to the innumerable supporters that made this celebration such a success and have supported this project for many years!

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