Young Chicago Authors
Young Chicago Authors encourages self-expression and literacy through creative writing, performance and publication. YCA provides student-centered, artist-led workshops free to youth ages 13-19 in schools and communities. Our process emphasizes artistic development, mentorship, and creating safe spaces where a young person’s life matters. We believe that through their words, young people can promote tolerance and remove barriers to transform their lives and society.
Read/Write Library collects, preserves, and provides access to community media in order to inspire and promote diverse modes of cultural production and civic engagement. Through our public programs and free browsing hours, growing collection of over 5,000 publications, and open source catalog, the library strives to raise the visibility of work produced by Chicagoans of all backgrounds to reveal connective threads across neighborhoods, generations, and cultures and to encourage inquiry into and ownership of the historical record. The Library recognizes the contributions that all community members make to co-creating a city and we believe that learning to value these stories plays a vital role in building empathy, community pride, and the ability to see oneself as a change agent. Unlike a traditional read-only library, we encourage contributions, whether community newspapers, self-published chapbooks by young poets, or novels by tenured professors, making cultural participation more transparent and accessible.
Near NorthWest Arts Council
NNWAC was founded by artists, teachers, and social activists. The purpose continues to resonate after more than two decades: to share the power of creativity, building a network of resources that supports a vibrant arts environment, in a neighborhood context. Why do we need culture? And what does culture do for community? It adds value, attracts investment, engages students more deeply, builds and sustains social groups. All human intelligence including scientific and political knowledge is derived from artistic creativity. Everyone needs to be creative.
ElevArte Community Studio
ElevArte Community Studio is a social impact organization that uses the arts as a portal for Creative Youth Development. A dedicated cadre of teaching artists and youth inspire and support each other as art makers and active citizens.
Founded in 2015, City Bureau is a civic journalism lab based on the South Side of Chicago. We bring journalists and community members together in collaborative environments to promote responsible media coverage, increase civic engagement and hold powerful forces to account. Our three programs are the Public Newsroom, Documenters and Reporting Fellowship.