May 19, 2017
The 2017 After School Matters Film Festival celebrated teen filmmaking, creative expression and individuality. The annual festival is a special screening of short films representing teen… More ›
By: Dan Godston
I love how Chicago is a city with such a rich cultural history, while also a place that teems with natural splendor. As an educator, I’m interested in developing curricula and facilitating projects that highlight the confluence of humans and nature in Chicago—to explore the spectrum of this “Urbs in Horto” (Chicago’s Latin motto, which means “City in a Garden”) in a new light.
Since the summer of 2015 the Borderbend Arts Collective, which I direct, has been running anAfter School Matters program called Chicago Kaleidoscopes (CK), in the Logan Square neighborhood. Last summer Chicago Kaleidoscopes was hosted by Mozart Park, and since last fall it has been hosted by Marine Leadership Academy (MLA). Teenagers (14 to 18 years old) have taken part in the CK creative writing program, which I have been leading.
Read more on the Center for Humans and Nature City Creatures blog.