Daley Academy students illustrate effects of gun violence

October 25, 2013

Lauren Chooljian

Seventh grade students from Richard J Daley Academy hosted an art show this week. Their work was inspired by a recent shooting across the street from their school.

On September 19th, 2013, 13 people were wounded in a shooting at Cornell Square Park in Chicago's Back of the Yards neighborhood. Directly across from that park is Richard J. Daley Elementary Academy — a school that's been affected by gun violence not just in the park, but all over the neighborhood.

This week, Daley Academy hosted a special art show in partnership with the Illinois Coalition against Handgun Violence. WBEZ Reporter Lauren Chooljian visited the one-day-only exhibit, where a group of 25 seventh graders stood proudly behind their works, done in marker and ink, and all inspired by gun violence.

Lauren Chooljian is a WBEZ reporter. Follow her @laurenchooljian.