- The focus of this presentation will be an introduction to the Creative Project Canvas and how teaching artists can use this tool to develop strategic plans for their careers. Teaching artists will have the opportunity to complete preliminary work on their plans and engage in small-group discussion.
- A catered lunch with be provided by Chicago Artists Coalition and the Hyde Park Art Center.
- Deportations to End // led by Yvette Mayorga
Teaching artists will explore frosting as a medium, especially during these dark times. Using food as a medium along with cake decorating tools to collectively repurpose news headlines that create chaos. Drawing from negative headlines we will reclaim and create new positive headlines to allow for a dreaming of a better future while acknowledging present day traumas we are bombarded with daily. This workshop introduces participants to piping and how to address collective traumas in the classroom through impermanence.
The Ever-Present Present: imagining collective self-reliance in relationship to the future // led by Matthew Nicholas
Workshop participants will explore various meanings of collective self-reliance and imagine new meanings through discussion and the creation of flip books. In thinking about the pace, compression, and perceptions of time and how it impacts the order of our lives, we will look for more non-linear forms of expressing the experience of order. From these different ways of thinking about time, collaboration, and our relationships to things we think we already know, we will create animated narratives through flip books to share with one another.
Tools Toward Queer Futures // led by Nora Sharp
This workshop cultivates intra- and interpersonal awareness from a belief that generous clarity about where we are right now can allow us to more easefully chart toward where we want to go. So, let's use movement and conversation to practice paying attention with intention. We'll go through a series of activities--body and sense exploration, brief writing prompts, and exercises in active listening and reflective response--designed to turn over the stones of our consciousness and gently examine what's really underneath, creating space to get out of ruts, encounter new creative pathways, connect with others, and realign with ourselves
- Hip Hop, Haiku & Hue : How we see ourselves & others // led by Cesar "Visual" Zamudio
- This workshop will use writing as a creative blueprint and site for reflection and sharing ideas about our personal and communal futures. Participants will begin by exploring the similarities between hip hop culture and haiku, then create poems via a series of guided writing exercises designed to help them describe themselves and their respective surroundings through the lens of the past, present, and future. We will use these haiku to create a conversation about who we each are as individuals and how this can shape the perspective that we have of others.
- The focus for Damon's talk will be insights from a teaching artist on building a community of support to sustain a healthy practice.
Hyde Park Art Center | 5020 S. Cornell Avenue Chicago, IL (map here)
Registration + Application
Registration is by application only. We implement an application process to ensure that participants reflect the diversity of teaching artists and practices in Chicago.
Deadline to apply: March 25
Notifications sent: March 30 - April 6
Confirmation of attendance required by April 15
Applications are now closed.
Tuition for the 2018 Teaching Artists Summit is based on a pay-what-you-can model. A suggested tuition donation of $20 may be made online or at the door the day of the Summit and goes directly to cover costs associated with the program. Any contribution in excess of the suggested donation helps cover the costs of fellow teaching artists for whom tuition would be cost-prohibitive. Information about making a tuition donation will be sent to all accepted applicants.
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Cesar "Visual" Zamudio is a Chicago-born Latino artist. The foundation of his career as a hip hop artist started in Chicago in the mid 90s by becoming active in the local scene frequently involved in cyphers, open mics, and winning notable underground battles. He has been active in social and political change since his teenage years when he participated in protest and in-school organizations that focused on diversity and equality. He now works with various organizations focusing on youth development, helping develop unique skills like developing their own personal mindset, the importance of collaboration and communication, and social skills that teach consciousness and tolerance. The tangible skills that he teaches are creative writing, vocal recording, song production, hip hop history, event production, branding, and marketing. He also consults artists, producers, and record label and management teams to help develop their brands and businesses by guiding them through processes and teaching them industry standards. Most recently, he has begun to consult and coach entrepreneurs and everyday people looking for a better quality of life on various areas of personal development including accountability, mindfulness, weight loss, and fitness.
In 2011, he founded #HelloHipHop. Started as a monthly event showcasing Chicago talent, #HelloHipHop has become a curator of hip hop culture and business in Chicago and is steadily growing nationally. In 2017, he created Money Mantra -- a podcast focused on financial literacy and mental health where he interviews a diverse group of people ranging from business owners, entrepreneurs, artists, and others to help listeners gain a unique perspective and valuable information in hopes of it making a great positive impact on their life.