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826CHI at the 2015 Artists Assembly

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March 24th—

Last week, 826CHI Youth Advisory Board members Bella M and Franny W, along with interns Brett and Kana, were invited to the 2015 Artists Assembly, organized by the United States Artists (USA). They joined leading Chicago cultural producers, artists, and donors to celebrate the 2014 USA Artists Fellows. Chicago hosted the first-ever Fellows convening of this kind, as artists across nine disciplines gathered for Artist Talks and Creative Conversations. Among the writers present were poet Natalie Diaz, Aleksander Hemon, and Adrian Castro.

During one of the Artist Talks, renowned Banjo player Alison Brown gave away a beautiful, brand-new banjo. 826CHI's very own Kana Felix, was selected in the drawing! A huge thank you to #ArtistsAssembly2015 for inviting us, and to Alison Brown for her wonderful talent and generosity. 

826CHI on CAN-TV

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March 26th—

Behold, 826CHI's public-access television debut! Catch the latest news of our building project with Gensler, the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.’s plans for engaging the West Town community, and the myriad ways our volunteers and students make our programs both effective and a ton of fun. Click here to watch on YouTube, or turn your television to CAN TV21 on Saturday, April 4th at 8:30pm to watch us on a big(ger) screen.

Upcoming air dates:
Saturday, April 4th, 8:30pm, CAN TV21
Monday, April 6th, 8:00am, CAN TV19
Tuesday, April 7th, 12:00pm, CAN TV21

A Spring Programming Spectacular

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March 24th—

Considering we're buried in snow, it's hard to believe spring could be on its way. Despite the cold, 826CHI is alive with exciting springtime programming:

  • We're excited to launch a partnership with Jamieson Elementary School, via the magic of Google docs. Aspiring reporters and journalists from the Jamieson Eagle newsroom will receive invaluable edits and input from our experienced volunteer tutors.

  • We're been running a "My Boring Life: Memoir Writing" Workshop with residents of Lydia Home each Saturday in March. The project wraps up in early April, and we can't wait to share their powerful memoirs with you.

  • 22 freshmen from Eric Solario Academy High School had their memoirs published in an 826CHI chapbook: It Felt Heavy, Even Though It Wasn't. We were lucky enough to be invited to their classroom book release last week, and we're so proud of these young authors! You can purchase a copy of this book in the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.

  • We're just about finished with the final edits to Around That Age, I Liked To Play With Fire, which is our 2015 Young Authors' Book Project. This book of narrative journalism, written by 10th graders at Curie Metro High School, will be released at Printers Row Lit Fest in June.

  • We've added a brand-new spring Workshop: Musical Time Travel. Register here today!

University of Kansas Alternative Spring Breaks

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March 20th—

We're so grateful to these 17 students from The University of Kansas who joined us for a week of service—they mined 10 years' worth of our student publications for poetry gold, swept and mopped and Clorox-ed and Magic Erase-ed, and supported our In Schools, Tutoring, and Field Trip programs.


Thanks to each of you for dedicating your spring breaks to 826CHI and our students. I think we can all agree: the Jayhawk looks even better with a monocle. Rock Chalk!

Save the Date: My So-Called Prom

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March 19th—

Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 9th826CHI Presents: My So-Called Prom. Party like it’s 1990-1999 at the DANK Haus, all to benefit 826CHI’s programs!

Ticketing and additional information forthcoming. For now, dust of your Doc Martens, see if your Zubaz still fit, and practice slowdancing to Boyz II Men. We’ve invited Jared Leto to show up and break everyone’s heart, so wear your best puka shell necklace.

Let the costume brainstorming begin!

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Mission

826CHI is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.

Our services are structured around the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.

With this in mind, we provide drop-in tutoring, after-school workshops, in-schools tutoring, help for English language learners, and assistance with student publications. All of our programs are challenging and enjoyable, and ultimately strengthen each student’s power to express ideas effectively, creatively, confidently, and in his or her individual voice.

Mission

826CHI shares its space with The Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.—run by the neighborhood's only spy supplyists—which outfits its spy-entele with the latest and greatest in espionagical wares. All funds raised through sales in the store go to support 826CHI's free programming. Visit us in Wicker Park and pick up a fresh grappling hook, carrier pigeon, envelope X-ray spray, hollowed-out can of shaving cream, or weather-resistant notebook, or shop online