paper heART

a social change

and arts program



Our studio is located on the 4th floor of the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago, Illinois. This collaborative and creative environment is the perfect setting to unleash your creativity and explore hidden talents! We are a program of Tye Johnson Artistry, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to heal, inspire, and ignite change through art. 

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Our classes are designed to teach empathy and sensitivity along with 21st Century Skills.

A unique day camp experience that encourages artistic expression and social change.

We believe in partying with a purpose while teaching the importance of caring for others.

Leading the Way in Teaching People to Care


Tye Johnson is an educator and has taught for over 10 years in the Bright Red Apple Award winning Oak Park Public School district and a critically acclaimed artist. She received a bachelors in studio art/graphic design from Michigan State University and worked as a graphic designer/marketing specialist at the educational media company United Learning. She has also served as a program coordinator and teacher leader for multiple afterschool programs. She holds a Master of Arts in Elementary Education from DePaul University and a Master of Science in Educational Media Design and Technology from

Full Sail University. Tye is committed to fighting for the marginalized and spreading love and joy!

Karen Fogg is an elementary educator and graduate of Loyola University Chicago. She has taught for over 25 years in South Central Los Angeles, Chicago Public Schools, and most currently in Oak Park, IL. She has been a 3-time finalist for the prestigious Golden Apple Award, international teacher leader for arts integration through an Illinois Arts Foundation grant, teacher's union representative, and the director of her school's drama club. She is also an avid traveler and volunteered at Salaam Baalak Trust, working with street boys in New Delhi where she taught theater, poetry, and creative movement. Karen is passionate about education, art, people, and life!

We only hire the best! All volunteers and employees undergo background checks and attend comprehensive training. Our team of educators and artists have more than 50 years of combined experience. For information on joining our team, please contact s at

Current Openings (click on the links to apply):

- Teen Leader (2 openings) (ages 15-18)

- Volunteer (open to all ages)

Our Motivation 

"I am not a paper doll or an action figure. I have a heart and its not made of paper."

In 2014, we asked artists all over the world to respond the idea that human beings are not paper dolls or action figures. After getting tremendous feedback from artists and exhibit-goers, we decided to open up this idea to the masses and designed workshops for people to recognize and nurture their inner selves.


Through a partnership with Hubbard Street Dance, we asked 5th grade students to respond to the statement: People think I am ___, but really I am ____. Their choreographed responses, creative writing, and paintings inspired us to design a curriculum that allowed students to develop empathy and sensitivity while expressing themselves artistically. 



Contact Us:

TJA Creative Studio

Zhou B Art Center (4th Floor)

Tel: 1-312-775-2144

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Tye Johnson Artistry, Inc is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Contributions to Tye Johnson Artistry are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Our tax identification number is 46-4032723.

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