YOUmedia: Back of the Yards Creative Community Workshops Summer 2016

Summer programming at Back of the Yards will be split between curriculum focused on the NVAM Permanent Collection and the Operation Mom’s Couch Exhibition currently on display and the Vision Quilt project founded by Cathy DeForest of Washington state.

Students at BoY are predominantly Latino, or middle school- early high school age.  According to CPL YouMedia staff, these youth have been regularly and directly influenced by gang and gun violence in the neighborhood which has some of the highest rates of gun related deaths in the city (this is also true of the Woodsen branch in Roseland where we will also be running programs this summer.)

Weekly goals:

  • 15-20 youth engaged per session
  • Create a cohort of 10+ youth that regularly attend weekly sessions
  • Complete weekly as well as full program projects
  • Gather feedback from participating youth, non participating youth and CPL staff weekly
  • Gather data at beginning and end or summer program from participating and CPL staff
  • Weekly reflection by NVAM staff at each CPL location of programming
  • Document and share on NVAM Outloud as part of working in the open model

Resources:

  • NVAM Staff: Christine Bespalec-Davis
  • Materials provided by
  • NVAM
  •  CPL
  • Vision Quilt
  • Funding staff hours
  • Hive
  • CPL- Non funded partner in development of YouMedia programming around the city of Chicago to underserved neighborhoods
  • Beginning Summer 2016 to 3 branches
  • Expanding in 2016-17 school year and following summer

Expected outcomes for youth as they engage with the NVAM Curriculum:

  1. Greater understanding of teh real impact of war through th eeyes of those who were there.
  2. Learning to look- utilizing teh NVAM permanent Colelction adn current exhibitions to interpret meaning and the ways in which art shares a story unique to the artist and to the audience.
  3. Meet artists actively sharing stories through art making
  4. Feel confident in sharing ideas and stories through artmaking

Expected outcomes for youth as they engage with the Vision Quilt Project:

  1. Students will view Vision Quilt panels made by a variety of people and reflect on the impact of gun violence on their personal lives and in their communities
  1. Students will generate possible solutions to preventing gun violence through short visual and written exercises, followed by discussion.  These activities will allow students’  voices to be heard and introduce the power of art to create dialogue and social change
  1. Students will create their own 18 x 24 panels, with modeled, guided support.  These Vision Quilt panels will be displayed and celebrated at the Camp Sweeney Open House on June 24, 2016
  1. Students will offer ideas on how to involve their families in making Vision Quilt panels in the future

Inspiring kids about the Vision Quilt:

The Vision Quilt is a national grassroots project using the power of art to prevent gun violence.  You will be  creating panels for the Vision Quilt using spray paint, drawing, painting, stencils and the power of writing, with visiting artists to help.

No art experience is needed.

Your Vision Quilt panels will be displayed at the National Veterans Art Museum in Chicago in the fall of 2016. Panels made in Chicago will stay in Chicago and be displayed in libraries, community centers, and places of worship. 

Logistics: Students will participate in 8+ sessions of 2 hours each. The model for each session will follow the model of:  Look, Dialog, Make.

June 28- Session 1 NVAM Curriculum

Introduction: NVAM Permanent Collection and Operation Mom’s Couch

Youth are introduced to the NVAM permanent collection and especially Operation Mom’s Couch.  Slideshow from online sources nvam website, nvamoutloud and Eric’s website.

Impact:Art of the Comic Book Cover

  • Looking more closely at examples of comic book covers by Eric Garcia
  • Students break down the elements that make a successful  comic book cover and design a sketch for a super hero comic book tat include: name, superpower, mission , location , etc
  • Finished drawings were hung up in the space.  Proposal tp make the windows of the space into a comic book emerged
  • Prep for Field trip

July 5- Session 1 Vision Quilt Curriculum

  • Kris shared links to research and learn more about the Vision Quilt and the AIDS quilt
  • These links are meant to help teen understand the inspiration behind their project and provide inspiration for preliminary sketches.  Next session will show examples of the VQ and begin more directed drawing and development

July 12- Session 2 NVAM Curriculum

  • Review visit to NVAM
  • Surveys completed
  • Show examples of VQ—look at any sketches of ideas
  • Begin plan for comic book windows!

Summer Wrap up:

  • Finish Quilt– document and critique
  • Meet with Eric Garcia-
  • Critique comic panels and add art to the windows!
  • Prepare for Vision Quilt Showcase at NVAM