Ilan Diego Hurtado, aged only 9, was killed when a semi truck plowed into the back of his car, August 2014, a month short of his tenth birthday, which he was already excited about.
During his too-short time on this earth, Ilan joyfully embraced all opportunities that were presented to him. Playing the cello, skateboarding, reading, writing, crafts, sports, nature, he had a love of life that his mother would now like to pass on to those who are not as blessed as he was during the time he was with us.
This is how 5 Purple Oranges was born. While the tragedy of Ilan’s death is something that will always be painful for his family and the friends who cherished him, we recognize that he was graced with so many opportunities, opportunities that so many other children don’t have. 5 Purple Oranges hopes in some small measure to bring the joy Ilan found in life to other children, allowing them to explore and to blossom into the persons they were meant to be.
The Montessori School of Lake Forest
The Montessori School of Lake Forest started the Ilan Hurtado Memorial Fund shortly after his memorial there on what would have been his 10th birthday, September 21, 2014.
Ilan loved art and visiting the Art Institute of Chicago, so the decision was made by the family that the monies should be used to fund an annual trip to the Art Institute of Chicago for the Upper Elementary students.
Music Institute of Chicago
The Ilan Hurtado Scholarship is awarded, “In support of tuition or other related expenses for a young cellist in the MIC Suzuki Program.” The scholarship seeks students who not only show a financial need, but show a prolonged interest in studying the cello.
Ilan Hurtado Memorial Scholarship – collected approximately $20,000 since his death.
In honor of Ilan’s Saturday visits to this public library, we donated a subscription to Mad Magazine for their Teen Area. The current issue stays in the library, and will have a plaque on the plastic cover in dedication. The older issues are available for the kids (and adults) to check out to take home for their reading pleasure.
John Michael Kohler Arts Center
Exhibition Artists-in-Residence (ExAIR) offers students exciting opportunities to meet and work with renowned artists exhibiting at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. Participants learn more about the art in the galleries and explore the creative process with the artists. 5 Purple Oranges gifted funds to JMKAC to have Maggie Sasso, the ExAIR artist this October and November, visit the four local middle schools and facilitate similar curriculum there to what she is doing with field trips at the Arts Center. This would benefit roughly 600 students.
Skateistan - Afghanistan, Cambodia, South Africa
Skate and Create is the biggest program offered by Skateistan and consists of a one hour skate lesson in the skatepark followed by one hour of arts-based learning in the classroom.
Lesson topics include: recycling old skateboard decks, crafting footwear, anger management, critical thinking, gardening, storytelling, the solar system, and robotics. They use arts as a medium for exploring these topics to make the programs accessible.
Skateboarding itself also has a culture that encourages creativity (there is no right or wrong way to skate) self-motivated progression, confidence-building, supporting and bonding with your peers. This bonding across social divides such as ethnicity is especially significant in a place like Afghanistan where those divisions are so pronounced and a lack of cross cultural interaction makes for a lack of shared vision for the future.
Our donation will provide 1 month of learning supplies needed at the school for children to enjoy the programs at their maximum.