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Prologue

April 19th—

Attend a literary cocktail party benefitting 826CHI on Friday, June 10th at Parliament (324 W Chicago Ave). Presented by 826CHI's Associate Board, Prologue will feature live poetry, a live funk/soul band, signature cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, and rooftop views...all in a beautiful, swanky setting. Ticketing information forthcoming!

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“The Exchange” Workshop Update

April 18th—

Film director, Cam Be recently visited an 826CHI workshop to present his feature-length documentary, "The Exchange." Students in grades 5-9 participated in the discussion following the screening, received City Passports and an assignment: document the good in the world around them. With Chicago-based arts non-profit, The Simple Good, Cam Be brought the students back in the following week to share their narratives and photo series after their week of research and exploration around the city.

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“The Exchange” with The Simple Good and Cam-Be

April 15th—

We were honored to host Priya Shah of The Simple Good and Cam-Be, filmmaker of the acclaimed feature-length documentary The Exchange, for a special Workshop series on the power of passports, travel, and finding the "simple good" wherever we are in the world.

We began with a screening of Cam-Be's film, which follows five black male Chicago high school students journey from the South Side to Kassel, Germany, where they explored the power of travel to change one's point of view. Then, 826CHI students received their own "city passports" and a mission: Visit a Chicago location you've never been to before and take a photo of a "simple good."

When students returned the following week, they wrote stories to accompany their photos and published both on The Simple Good's website as part of an ongoing, international photo project in which global citizens document their "simple good" discoveries.

THANK YOU to Priya, Cam-Be and The Simple Good for leading this engaging and thought-provoking Workshop. You can read more about The Exchange and The Simple Good at the top of THIS webpage.

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National Poetry Month Broadsides

April 13th—

Dive into one of our favorite months here at 826CHI: National Poetry Month! In honor of the wondrous words of our very own student-authors, we’re releasing a limited run of original poetry broadsides + postcards with illustrations by intern/artist extraordinaire Kelsey Zigmund. Grab them now in our Secret Agent Supply!

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Neighborhood Stories at Kelvyn Park HS

April 12th—

Between bouts of writers block, Kelvyn Park High School's 8th grade students have found moments of clarity as they identify the meaningful people and places that define their worlds and their lives.

Thanks to artist and classroom teacher Jeni Crone (a longtime 826CHI volunteer!), students are compiling "neighborhood" stories that will eventually become stop-motion animation films. This spring, volunteers have been working with students to unpack and share the complexities of life at Kelvyn Park, from tales of a former gangster’s home surgery to warm memories of parents' late-night advice over cups of hot chocolate.

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