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Emma Mae's Story

Emma Mae Gibson was born in Clayton, LA on February 3, 1940. Growing up in rural Louisiana, she couldn’t access most recreational activities.   The family moved to Chicago, IL during the 1950s, where she developed a love and appreciation for the arts.  Emma wanted more than anything in the world to take dance and voice lessons.  However, the family was not able to afford them.  This devastated her, and she vowed that her children would never have to sacrifice the arts! 

For years, Emma sponsored many youths throughout the city of Chicago. She wanted no child in her reach to go without having access to the arts.  Those gifted by her, to this day still cherish their experiences and are truly grateful.  

Emma was an educator in the Chicago Public School System for over 35 years.  Her impact on the youth remains present in her community.  She was known for her artistic bulletin boards and for facilitating memorable assemblies. 

Emma Mae was a true believer that life should be lived! Emma Mae’s SunRays Studios is dedicated to the memory of this wonderful woman.

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