ASM Arts and Tech Fair at SRBCC

Mark your calendars! You’re invited —

After School Matters Arts and Tech Fair

Date: Saturday, April 9th (11 a.m.-2 p.m.)

Location: Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center (4048 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60639)

Chicago Kaleidoscopes is excited to be participating in the upcoming ASM Arts and Tech Fair! CK teens will be performing poetry and fiction. The fair will feature presentations and performances by Chicago teens, interactive workshops, and innovative projects with the following participating organizations: Chicago City of Learning, Traditional Puerto Rican Bomba Program hosted by SRBCC, Level Up Youth Maker Space, Spoken Word Academy of Chicago, Nature Museum TEENS (Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum), Chicago Kaleidoscopes, Digital Youth Network, and Smart Chicago Collaborative. Attendees can also find out about registering for After School Matters’ summer 2016 programs. The ASM Arts and Tech Fair is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

Note: Check out this article about the ASM Arts and Tech Fair that was published on the After School Matters website!







ChiTeen Lit Fest

When: Saturday, April 16th

Where: Columbia College Chicago (600 S. Michigan Ave.)

Chicago Kaleidoscopes looks forward to participating in the upcoming Chicago Teen Literary Festival. In the upcoming weeks CK teens will be developing literary works and performance pieces that will be performed during CTLT. Each teen needs to register for ChiTeen Lit Fest via this link.

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“Early Play and a Late Day” by Alyssea P.

I open my eyes and see the start of a sunrise.

My den is cozy and warm. It shields me from the rising cold.


I get out and shake my ruffled fur—matted dust comes out,

and my tail becomes like a fluffed brush.


Trotting along the snowy grass I sniff out my meal,

all hiding restless or running for cover.


I close in on my prey. The rat is unaware of my presence.

I feel lucky so I leap and swoosh: I catch him. I carefully look


around, searching for any danger. I drop the rat and breathe

in deeply, looking at the dull but clear sky.


I eat my fill, and then I notice the change in season,

and the long wait for summer to begin has come.


Chasing a few fellow resident foxes I play

and shine, my fiery orange coat replenishing my healthy look.


I say my goodbyes and leave them be, gracefully dodging logs

and fallen trees. I find my den. I look up again in contrast.


It’s a sunset and some stars have come out.

I look one last time, then retreat to my cozy den.


foxes - Keith Crowley

photo: Early Play by Keith R. Crowley (, titled after Alyssea’s poem. Image used with permission.

“Underwater You Are” by Faith S.


Underwater You Are. I like how the leaves look

like they’re waving at me. The water birds are gripping

each other like a family. The flowers are growing,


growing into a beautiful lovely flower. How much I wish

to be as pink as you are. The birds are flying higher and higher,

flying wherever they want to go.


Fly, fly away, but please come back, I will miss you.

Bloom, my big and beautiful flower.

Underwater You Are.


This ekphrastic poem by Faith was inspired by Philip Hanson’s painting Poem without Words: Blue Swallows.



Above: Poem without Words: Blue Swallows (2007) by Philip Hanson. Credit: Corbett vs. Dempsey.