Arts + Public Life’s education programs cultivate teens’ creativity, social development, and leadership, inspiring them to make a positive difference through the arts.
At this culminating event, spring program participants and interns will share their final projects – performances, designed objects,
presentations, and more.
All community members are welcome to attend and celebrate our teen artists’ creative accomplishments.
Offered in partnership with After School Matters
Arts + Public Life Education Programs take an integrated, process-based approach to community engagement: local teens share authorship over projects informed by their expertise as South Side residents and that have direct impact on their communities. 96% of participants live on the South Side, with 63% in neighborhoods adjacent to the Arts Incubator.
Core programs are:
Design Apprenticeship Program (DAP): A design-based mentorship encouraging teens and young adults to invest in the physical and social conditions of their community. Developing skills in carpentry, landscaping and design, DAP aids in positive neighborhood transformation and improvement.
Community Actors Program (CAP): A performance program utilizing Theater of the Oppressed, participatory theater and performance as tools for community building and social change. CAP creates plays responding to a community issue.
Teen Arts Council (TAC): Student leaders who develop creative skills, leadership experience and opportunities for peers to engage with the arts. TAC works with university staff and local partners to develop projects at the intersection of arts administration and community engagement.