CK teens’ projects so far

Chicago Kaleidoscopes teens have been working on a bunch of creative projects so far this summer. Here are some examples:




biographies as grist for dramatic monologues

CK teens have been researching musicians, visual artists and writers who have strong connections to Chicago — such as Ana Castillo, Sandra Cisneros, Carlos Cumpián, Herbie Hancock, Vivian Maier, Marianne Moore, Archibald Motley and Gordon Parks. They are using that research for dramatic monologues they are writing.

summer term texts

Chicago Kaleidoscopes is using lots of materials as part of our curriculum — including music, 2D art and videos. Here are some texts that we have used and that will be part of this summer term’s curriculum —

getting ready for the end of the program

We’re nearing the end of the Spring 2016 program! CK teens are revising their poems, short stories and other literary pieces; adding design flourishes to their book covers; recording more audio pieces; and preparing for their performances during tomorrow’s Spring Program Showcase at SRBCC. You’re invited to read the Chicago Kaleidoscopes Anthology for the Spring 2016 term; follow this link to read it.

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Readings and Other Resources

What follows are readings and other resources that we are using in Chicago Kaleidoscopes.



Music, Song Lyrics, and Poetry with Musical Accompaniment






Rouen cathedral by Claude Monet
Rouen cathedral by Claude Monet



David Hernandez
David Hernandez

Welcome to the Chicago Kaleidoscopes site!

Chicago Kaleidoscopes is an After School Matters program that looks at key aspects of Chicago’s identity via creative writing. Apprentices in Chicago Kaleidoscopes look through Chicago-centric lenses of writing, music, visual art, sports, history and the sciences as they critically think about the world they live in; then they combine their critical observations of those source materials with their creativity through poetry, short fiction, and other literary genres (prose poetry, etc.). Apprentices learn key marketable skills such as listening to their peers, writing clearly, communicating persuasively, and sharing and receiving feedback on their work, while learning more about how their personal identities resonate with aspects of Chicago’s identity.

Chicago Kaleidoscopes meets at Mozart Park, in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. CK will also be going on field trips to the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Public Library, and Fermilab.

The teachers for the Summer 2105 Chicago Kaleidoscopes After School Matters program are Elizabeth Marino and Dan Godston. Chicago Kaleidoscopes is run by the Borderbend Arts Collective, a 501c(3) organization that presents arts programming in Chicago and beyond.