STEAM EXPO 2019 at Catalyst Maria

Please plan to join the Catalyst Maria K-12 school community on May 30, 2019 from 4:00-8:00 pm for the 3rd annual STEAM EXPO!

STEAM 2019 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 featurng local and city-wide organizations and opportunities.  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.!

STEAM 2019

Please join us for the Grand Opening of the Kehrein Center for the Arts!

We are thrilled to formally invite you to the Grand Opening of the Kehrein Center for the Arts! 

The event will be held May 22, 2019 at 11:00am, and be finished before noon.  Free tickets to the event can be secured at www.kehreincenter.com (admission is by ticket only). 

We are honored to have Ravinia CEO Welz Kauffman - named Chicagoan of the Year in classical music by the Chicago Tribune – and Lyric Opera Soprano Michele Areyzaga perform at this event, along with our Sistema Ravinia scholar orchestra.

This $4 ½ million investment in Chicago's Austin neighborhood has been made possible by a group of highly-committed individuals, many private investors, Ravinia, and the City of Chicago.

Please join us for this joyous event on Chicago’s West Side! 

KCA Rendering

Leadership Day at Catalyst Circle Rock- 4.11.19

Catalyst Circle Rock’s annual Leadership Day will take place on April 11 from 9:00-12:00. We invite all Catalyst supporters to join us for this event, during which you will enjoy a scholar performance in our newly renovated auditorium, classroom visits, a leadership showcase, and a scholar/teacher panel! Participants will register here- we hope you can join us for a day to celebrate the leadership of our amazing scholars!

Kehrein Center for the Arts to hosts forum

On March 29, 2019 Catalyst Circle Rock and the new Kehrein Center for the Arts hosted a historic Chicago mayoral forum that was attended by ~450 members of the West Side.  The event was sponsored by the NAACP, Austin Coming Together, and co-hosted by Catalyst Schools, the Kehrein Center for the Arts, and a coalition of West Side organizations and leaders.  The event was attended by mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot as well as Alderman Chris Taliaferro, Willie Wilson, major television/print media, and hundreds of West Side residents who expressed their hopes for Chicago’s next mayor.

Lightfoot KCA Paint

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