CPS Lives podcast tells the story of Drake Elementary School in Bronzeville, Chicago, featuring the voices of students and teachers. Specifically, the podcast centers the development of Dolls for Peace, a community art therapy project spearheaded by artist and educator Rochele Royster. Dolls for Peace creates a safe space to address the traumatization caused by gun violence by inviting community members to make a doll for each person killed as a result of gun violence. The podcast documents the development of the Dolls for Peace project and investigates how the need for such a project emerged in Drake Elementary, in Chicago, and in the U.S. The podcast will be about 30 minutes in length and, for now, exist as a single episode. Interviews will be collected and edited by myself, Efrat Hakimi and Larisa Wade -- 3 graduate students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

Efrat Hakimi is a multidisciplinary artist working in sculpture, installation printmaking and photography. Hakimi is an MFA candidate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2019) and received the Shapiro Center Fellowship and the Arts+Science Grant from SAIC and U Chicago (2018). Hakimi graduated from Hamidrasha School of Art (2016, with honors) and holds BSc in mechanical engineering (BGU, 2010). Her work had been exhibited in Chicago, Shanghai, Medellín, Marseille, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and is included in the Joan Flasch Artists Book Collection in Chicago, The Nahum Gutman Museum collection and the IBM Collection in Tel Aviv.

Larisa Wade has a BFA in Studio Art and a BA in Psychology from the University of New Mexico. She is earning her MAAT in Art Therapy and Counseling from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

Katie Wood is an MFA Candidate in Sound at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.