Art on Sedgwick

Chicago, Illinois

We are pleased to have partnered with Art on Sedgwick for their Artist in Residence event with Cecil McDonald Jr. and the Lookingglass Theatre. The Moment in Time exhibit is up on display on the grounds of the Manierre Elementary School in Chicago.



Art Institute Field Trip - Montessori School of Lake Forest

Chicago, Illinois

Every year the students in the Upper Elementary (4th-6th grade) classroom at the Montessori School of Lake Forest take the Metra train to Chicago to visit the Art Institute of Chicago.  The field trip began as a way to honor Ilan’s love of art, especially the Art Institute’s modern wing. Ilan had been in the Upper Elementary classroom at the time of his death.




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Birding Adventure on the Horicon Marsh - Van Brunt 4th graders


Horicon, WI

One of the nature adventures Ilan loved most was birding. He enjoyed spying the Bald Eagles and the Great Blue Herons from a pontoon boat on the Horicon Marsh. Although the students who attend Van Brunt school live next to the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the United States, many of them haven’t been exposed to all the wonders of the marsh. 5 Purple Oranges also supplied the children binoculars so they could get the most out of their experience.



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Books for Africa


South Africa


We supported Books for Africa with a portion of our Summer Reading fundraising this summer. With the $224 we granted, BFA sent 448 books to the Molo Mhlaba girls Montessori school in South Africa in honor of what would have been Ilan’s 15th birthday.


From Mother’s Day to the end of May, all of our donations went to Books for Africa.  We were able to send them $125 which purchased 250 books for the project.

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Bernie’s Book Bank


Lake Bluff, IL | 2018


For every $10 we collected for our Summer Reading initiative this summer, we donated 10 minutes of time to Bernie’s Book Bank as volunteers. Six volunteers joined two of our board members for a fun afternoon stickering books for Bernie’s in October.



From Mother’s Day to the end of May, for every $10 we collected, local board members donated 1 book to Bernie’s.  We collected 14 books and look forward to partnering with them in the future

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Bella Cuisine


Chicago, IL

2019 | Socratic Summer REading

This year the kids decided to put on a show! We gifted the participating children the book of their choice: The Secret History of Tom Trueheart by Ian Beck, and they created the scripts, the scenery and put on a performance at summer’s end.

2018 | Cooking with Cops

We donated 50 cookbooks for the 9-11 year old campers to use at camp and take home with them to continue inspiring their love of cooking!

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John Michael Kohler Arts Center

Sheboygan, WI


5 Purple Oranges sponsored a Teacher Fellowhip for the Howards Grove Middle School to create lesson plans for the Lenore Tawney exhibition series, Mirror of the Universe. The students spent a day at the Arts Center, viewing the textile works of Lenore Tawney, then creating weavings using meaningful, personal items. Then the students physically connected their art in a unique design after creating personal connections. Teachers also provided a cross-curricular lesson incorporating the language arts classroom, where students designed little books of art containing their “I Am” statements, inspired by Lenore Tawyner’s life. Student work will be displayed in the Community Gallery in 2020.



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 Winter 2018-2019 visit Riverview middle school in Plymouth, WI, where she presented an explanation of her textile work creating patches. The children drew designs for their own buttons and patches, some were displayed at the JMKAC in the Summer, and every child was gifted a button of their own design.



Music Institute of Chicago

Chicago, IL | 2019

Arthur Riddle is the 2019 recipient of the Ilan Hurtado Scholarship. Arthur is 10 years old and is currently in 5th grade, he lives in Waukegan and this is his third year home schooled. Arthur greatly benefited from the Ilan Hurtado scholarship last year, he was able to take private Suzuki lessons with Julia Wen, a student of the late Gilda Barston, as well as cello group repertoire classes, and music reading with Nina Wallaberg. He also participated in the Chicago Summer Institute and this was his third summer. During his first year in CSI, Arthur made a book with a total of 30 small pieces, composed by him, for his teachers to play. Arthur enjoys reading, drawing cartoons, creating stories, and writing music to go with them. He also loves playing the cello and creating new melodies. He has participated in Suzuki Sundays.

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