The Assyrian Cultural Foundation currently offers eight virtual art classes to children between the ages of 7 to 16. Half of them are taught by Hannah Hummel, and the other half by Noora Badeen. Hummel first joined us in 2015, when she spotted our job ad looking for an art teacher with a classical fine arts background. Badeen started working with us in 2019, initially as a substitute teacher. In the summer of 2020, she shifted roles, and is now one of our main art teachers.
Noora Badeen was born in Baghdad, Iraq and lived there prior to arriving in Chicago as a refugee in 2012. Although she lived through the brutality of the Iraq War, her experiences are what inspire her artwork today. For example, her art often focuses on representing social justice, responding to human suffering, and raising awareness to the plight of women and children in war. Even though Badeen had to start life anew in the United States, she did not give up on her dreams and recently graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2020.
Both Hummel and Badeen love teaching art. They believe that art helps expand children’s minds, helps them to better understand the world, and helps them with their problem-solving abilities. If you are interested in enrolling your child in one of our art classes, contact Stella directly at: