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.
Location: Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center (4048 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago)
Our Spring Showcase is coming up soon! We’re delighted that Chicago Kaleidoscopes will be among several After School Matters programs that will be participating in this Showcase, and as with the Showcases during the Summer and Fall 2015 Showcases, SRBCC is hosting this event.
This will be another excellent opportunity for CK teens to demonstrate their talents, meet teens in other ASM programs, and have a fun time at the wonderful Hermosa-based arts organization SRBCC.
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.
Yesterday’s showcase at SRBCC was wonderful. CK teens performed with teens in the Bomba ASM program, and we watched teens in the Bomba program perform. It was a fun way to end the program, and parents and siblings of CK teens came to enjoy the event. In addition, we had several interactive stations at SRBCC where everyone could be creative — such as contribute to the Multimedia Archway and have fun with the Time Machine Typewriter.
Click here to read the Chicago Kaleidoscopes Anthology.
Then we took the elevator to the second floor, and we finished our trip to Fermilab by experiencing the On that Note exhibition in the art gallery. We had a musical jam session in the gallery, and then we headed back to the bus for our trip back to Chicago.
Our Chicago Kaleidoscopes program involves a collaboration with the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center. CK has been meeting at SRBCC at the beginning of our Monday sessions since the second week of the program, and we will be at SRBCC for two more Mondays (2-4 p.m. on August 3rd and August 10th). Most of Chicago Kaleidoscopes happens at Mozart Park, and we’re grateful that SRBCC has given us the opportunity to have part of our program happen there!
Here are some things that we’ve been doing so far at SRBCC, as well as what we’re planning to do at SRBCC during this Summer 2015 After School Matters program:
Reading and writing literature;
Learning more about the Bomba ASM program at SRBCC, including listening to the Bomba teens rehearse rhythms and watching the Bomba teens work on dance steps;
Interacting with the Bomba class, including going through stretching exercises with them and playing percussion rhythms with them; and
Performing and recording audio pieces that combine spoken word and percussion.
We’re getting ready for our field trip to Fermilab, which happens next Wednesday. Our field trip also includes a walk through the Fermilab Art Gallery; the On that Note visualization of music exhibition is currently on display in the gallery. One of the purposes of this field trip is to explore meaningful connections between the arts and science.
From there we will walk southward along Michigan Avenue, and then we will walk into the Harold Washington Library Center. We will go on a tour of YOUmedia, and our field trip will conclude with a F.L.O.W. Open Mic event hosted by YOUmedia. Chicago Kaleidoscopes teens will have the opportunity to perform during this event.