Independent Study: An Artistic Reflection

Written by Jade Riley For my Independent Study Project, I chose to do an elaborated artistic reflection on a story I started writing three years ago, A Dilemma Born of Blood and Fire. My reason for doing so was primarily to give myself a reason to make sure I stayed up on some kind of…

Chicago Perspectives

Throughout our time in Chicago, each student in the program has had their own unique experience from what they have seen, to who they talked to, and what they have done. Below are a few images provided by Kyana Bell, a student from Colorado College. As an independent study, Kyana created a profile on Back…

CPS Teacher in Little Village

Throughout this semester, I have had the honor to engage with many phenomenal individuals that care deeply about the communities that they serve. One person in particular, as they would like to remain anonymous, has decided to share their insight with us about their journey within the Chicago Public School (CPS) system, serving 5th graders…

Youth Incarceration in the U.S.

This semester, I had the opportunity to volunteer with and learn about an organization that allows youth that are incarcerated the exposure and platform to study performing, visual, and literary arts. Free Write students are given the platform to become the “narrators of their own stories and authors of their own futures.” Throughout the semester,…

CPD: Bridging the Divide

In early April, the ACM Chicago Students had the opportunity to visit the Chicago Police Department (CPD) Headquarters. We met various members of the Bridging the Divide program. From what we’ve gathered, Bridging the divide is a platform created amongst police officers and the community’s youth. According to the YMCA Metro of Chicago, “program was…

Chicago Jeans: Dearborn Denim

Jeans. Denim. Made in… CHICAGO? Yes. This past week, our neighborhood class provided us with the opportunity to check out a Chicago Factory that focuses on Chicago-made jeans and belts. Dearborn Denim & Apparel’s mission is to “supply customers with the most comfortable jeans imaginable at the best price possible.” The founder’s name is Rob,…

José López Rivera & the Puerto Rican Cultural Center

On Thursday, February 23rd, we had the privilege of speaking with José López Rivera, executive director of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center in Humboldt Park (Chicago) and brother of Puerto Rican independence activist, Oscar Lopez. On Friday, March 3rd, we had the opportunity to hear more about the history of Humboldt Park and Puerto Rican…

Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin

On Thursday, February 16th, we had the opportunity to listen and learn more about Trayvon Martin’s life, experiences, family, and his parent’s experiences after the murder. It has been five years since the death of Trayvon Martin. His death occurred on February 26, 2012.  However, Travon’s parents, Sabryna Martin and Tracy Martin, choose to celebrate…

Time… Oh, Where Does it Go?

As stated in previous blogs, there are ten of us students in the Chicago ACM Program. However, three students are from Chicago and one is from Naperville, Chicago Suburb. When people think of Chicago, they think of Navy Pier, The Bean, Millenium Park, Lakeshore drive, Grant Park, Buckingham Fountain, The Willis Tower, The Museum of…

The Uptown/Hyde Park Adventures

On Monday, February 7th, students from the Chicago ACM Program had the opportunity to learn how to navigate the CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) through experiential learning. After learning about the Chicago Grid System, a simple tool to explain how people can make their way around Chicago, the ten students in the program were split into…

Welcome!

Welcome to the ACM Chicago Spring 2017 Blog Site! We look forward to sharing updates about the program and the fun, exciting, and new experiences that it will provide!