As jobs become increasingly automated, it is a skillset in creativity, storytelling, language, and big ideas that will separate job candidates. These types of skills are developed through arts and humanities. Unfortunately, schools are still necessarily dependent on outside organizations for support when it comes to arts education. It might be a surprise to some that it is these partnerships with arts organizations that provide in-school as well as after-school art programs for Chicago’s youth. Through the below partnerships, children’s eyes are opened. Kids are energized. Their minds are expanded. They’re taught possibilities. They’re exposed to arts.
Through their programs, kids can learn to dance. How about Latin, Brazillian, or African dance? Who wouldn’t want to know a Latin step? They can immerse themselves in theater and can aspire to be the next Jim Henson by storytelling through puppetry. They study and develop visual arts, as well as photography and filmmaking. The next Wes Anderson could be straight out of Chicago. They offer a myriad of disciplines for kids, all of them, to change worlds.
Opera For All! That’s the name of the Chicago Opera Theater’s program that services over 1,200 kids across Chicago. It is a remarkable opportunity to learn music and storytelling from nationally recognized opera company. The kids not only contribute to the tradition of opera, but they also get to participate in the entire creative process–writing, composing, dancing, painting, performing.
Their project-based writing workshops provide opportunities for kids to create original stories and become published authors. 826CHI wants kids to find their voices. And what is more encouraging than when your voice is heard? The world needs original and diverse voices. More important than that, the world needs thinkers. And writing is thinking.
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