June 12, 2017
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and philanthropist Karyn Lutz have christened an afternoon facility for teens in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and philanthropist… More ›
Several of our programs performed at Daley Plaza over the course of the summer, entertaining tourists and locals alike with their performances. Our dance and vocal programs were even featured on the Chicago local Snapchat highlights on a few different days this summers.
Four different musical programs entertained during lunch hour for the ‘Lunch and Listen’ series – a four-week long partnership between the Wrigley Building and After School Matters. Teens from our Jazz Band, Chicago West, HHW Vocal Arts Ensemble and Mariachi Band displayed their talent during the lunchtime hour for those in the Wrigley Building.
After School Matters, Marillac Cultural Center, Taproots and The Firehouse Community Arts Center collaborated to host the 5th installment of the Speak Life poetry set, renamed this year to honor the late ASM instructor “Mama” Brenda Matthews. The event featured both spoken word and dance performances from nine different ASM programs, aligned along a theme of non-violence, teen advocacy, positive community contributions and honoring “Mama” Brenda.
Five of our talented advanced apprenticeship programs made jewelry, constructed hats, painted murals, built props and painted furniture in the After School Matters summer tent in Millennium Park.