Express Yourself Cristo Rey!

CRSM students have been busy preparing for the First Annual Express Yourself Cristo Rey! Fine Arts Exhibition, Feb. 16, 2017 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Cristo Rey St. Martin. The evening also will include live stage performances of original poetry and one-act plays. This event is free and open to the public.

Even though CRSM does not offer art as part of its daily curriculum, students have had the opportunity this year to explore various art mediums through partnerships with local art studios, volunteers, and even an alumna sharing their time and talent.
Andrea Velazquez, CRSM Science teacher, pioneered the project with the goals of offering art classes to allow more students the opportunity to create their own art, exploring career opportunities in the arts, and giving back to the community through their artistic talents. Initially the goal was to prepare for the arts exhibition, but the program has expanded and is not only achieving its goals, but also providing a positive outlet for students struggling at school, work or at home.

Since starting in August 2016, the CRSM Art Program has offered four Saturday classes at Ceramics for You in Gurnee in partnership with studio owner, Tracy Schultz. Students have explored ceramics, clay, painting and even glass fusing through these courses. Tracy has enjoyed working with CRSM students and proposed a joint service project between her studio and the CRSM community.
Throughout March, CRSM is partnering with Ceramics for You to paint over 200 bowls to be sold at an Empty Bowls dinner on March 24, 2017 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the school. Attendees can buy a hand-painted bowl and soup dinner for $10. All of the proceeds from the dinner will benefit the local charity, Feed My Starving Children, whose mission is to provide nutritious food for children around the world. Tickets sales for the event start on February 16 at the Express Yourself Cristo Rey! Fine Arts Exhibition and will be available for purchase on the school website.

In addition to art classes and service events, the CRSM Art Program has benefited from volunteer involvement. Tom DeMint, the husband of volunteer Judy DeMint, hosted two cartooning courses for students after school last November. John Geis, who started the art program at Loyola Academy, has visited with students during study halls to do mini painting lessons and to encourage students to practice and share their art. The most notable volunteer is Codey Montero, a Class of 2013 CRSM graduate. She is currently studying Therapeutic Arts at Marian University and has hosted two art classes over her winter break in January in collaboration with the counseling department. She will be returning to assist with the art exhibition preparation and to help paint bowls for the March Empty Bowls event.

Says Velazquez: “I really want this to be a program that becomes fully integrated into the CRSM curriculum, calling it an “Art Club” means that it is an extracurricular activity but I believe art is something that deserves to be a regular part of a CRSM student’s day along with math, science, history, religion, English, Spanish, and CWSP. I am so excited for everyone to see the artistic talent of our students at the art exhibition and the Empty Bowls event!”

The Fine Arts Exhibition will take place at CRSM on February 16th from 5:30-7:30 pm and will feature an open gallery from 5:30-6:30 pm and stage performances of original poetry and one-act plays from 6:30-7:30pm. If you would like to be involved in the art program at CRSM you can contact Andrea Velazquez at


First Annual Empty Bowls Event

Bringing the CRSM community together to help alleviate hunger around the world:

March 24, 2017
4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Join our students and their wonderful grassroots movement to help bring the CRSM community together to raise money for Feed My Starving Children and grow awareness of hunger close to home and around the globe.

Bring your family and friends and for $10 you will be served warm soup, bread in a beautiful bowl hand-painted by our students. By selling the bowls, we hope to raise enough to buy a pallet of food that will go directly to Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) in Libertyville. That equates to 8,182 packs of food which will feed 22 families-of-four for a year. Founded in 1987, the international Feed My Starving Children organization is a Christian nonprofit that provides nutritionally complete meals specifically formulated for malnourished children in countries from Rwanda and Nicaragua to Syria and Indonesia.

The event will also include a $5 just soup and bread option.

The event is being sponsored by Campus Ministry and the Art Club.  For more information contact Andrea Velazquez at