about us

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our story

Like all of us in 2020, our founder, Morgan Dixon, was faced with the harsh reality of losing her job in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. As terrifying as it was (still is), it’s in these moments that we’re forced to see what we’re made of. In May 2020, after 14+ years of working for various dance studios, community centers, schools, and theatres, Morgan realized it was time to do what scared but excited her most and set out to create My Art House Studio.

Our goal is simple

Provide affordable and inclusive dance and art classes that look beyond a final product and give our artists the tools needed to become kind-hearted, creative, and confident people through an artist-centered, integrated, and responsive teaching style that allows our artists to have a say in their creative journey and enhance their academic education.

our founder

 

Morgan Dixon

Morgan is a Florida native living in Chicago, IL with a BA in Dance from Columbia College Chicago and is a graduate of The Second City Conservatory. She has over 14 years experience teaching a wide variety of performing and creative arts to artists ages 2 to adult. Morgan didn’t begin dancing until the age of 14 due to a lack of funds and art exposure. Dance allowed her to be a first-generation college graduate despite many monetary and economic barriers. Traditional dance studio classes were expensive and, at times, inaccessible. Morgan constantly worked multiple odd jobs, relied heavily on the kindness of mentors, and acknowledges that her privileges helped keep dance in her life. It is with these experiences that Morgan has now dedicated herself to providing low cost, easy access classes to young artists across the country. My Art House Studio is just the beginning of her advocacy for arts education.

Everyone is an Artist

At My Art House Studio we truly believe everyone is an artist and that art should be accessible to all. We acknowledge that the latter is simply not our reality.  Historically, art and the educational institutions that foster artists have been primarily led by and for white, cishet, nondisabled, and economically stable individuals. We've made a commitment to making all of our students, including but not limited to, our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), disabled, immigrant, and LGBTQ+ artists feel welcomed and safe by keeping all lines of communication open with artists, their families, and our community and always maintaining and expanding our own education. 
Learn more about our anti-bullying and discrimination policies in our Terms & Agreements.

Land Acknowledgement 

While our classes are offered nationally, our studio is located in Chicago on the traditional homelands of the Council of the Three Fires: the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi Nations. Many other tribes such as the Miami, Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Sac, and Fox also call the Chicagoland area home. A land acknowledgement is meant to bring awareness and encourage honest reflection on the land we now occupy through cultural erasure and colonialism. Our aim to create an inclusive environment does not start or end with acknowledgements such as this. This is one of many ways we can publicly be held accountable for our future actions and set the example for our incoming artists. 

Click here to view our terms and agreements

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