summer term collaborations

Chicago Kaleidoscopes teens have been collaborating with / planning to collaborate with teens in other After School Matters programs this summer. Here are some examples:

  • Earlier this month CK teens and teens in SRBCC’s Music Video Production program here at Prosser collaborated. Half of the teens in our program went to the room where the MVP program meets, and half of the teens in their program came up to teach and learn from CK teens. During those small group learning community activities, teens in each of those two programs taught each other things they have been learning in their respective programs. Then the teens worked in small groups to brainstorm ideas about a film or video project that they could work on together. The teens talked about setting, character, plot, theme, and storyboarding.
  • We did that half-and-half program mixer with the Latin Dance program here at Prosser as well. For that activity, CK teens taught teens in the Latin Dance program some creative writing skills they have been learning, and teens in the Latin Dance program taught CK teens some dance moves they have been learning. Then the teens worked in small groups to develop poetry-and-dance collaborations that were then performed in front of the class.
  • Earlier today Chicago Kaleidoscopes went on a field trip to Aguijon Theater, where CK teens worked with teens in AT’s Nuestra Cultural Theater Program. Everyone joined in during NCTP’s activities that included some zumba warm-ups and acting movement activities. Then CK teens watched as the teens in the AT ASM program rehearsed a scene in a bilingual play that NCTP will perform in August.
  • CK teens are starting a collaboration with the ASM program at the National Veterans Art Museum. This collaboration involves anti-violence postcards / mail art, and is being done in tandem with our scheduled field trip to NVAM next week.



Our Collaboration with SRBCC

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.

In addition to the ASM sessions that we have been doing at SRBCC, we have worked on other activities that investigate connections between creative writing and music. For instance, we read and talked about “The Making of the Drum” by Kamau Brathwaite, “Jazz Fan Looks Back” by Jayne Cortez, and part of “Bop” by Langston Hughes. Check out these audio recordings of CK teens that include on connections between poetry and percussion.


teens in Bomba and CK classes playing percussion
teens in Bomba and CK classes playing percussion