Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Cabrini Connections Art Festival, February 8, 2008
For the past two years students and volunteers have been meeting every Monday evening to create art projects. You an meet these students, see the art and learn about the art festival at http://www.cabriniconnections.net/art_festival/artfair.asp
The arts, video and technology clubs are part of the success steps strategy of Cabrini Connections. In this process they are mentored by additional volunteers beyond the one-on-one tutor they meet with on Wednesday or Thursday. They are exposed to new experiences, which can lead to aspirations for careers that they might not have known about without this activity. One of our alumni is attending an art school now because of his many years of involvement in the art club.
Another group has been meeting on Tuesdays, on weekends, and other days, to create a video documentary about the changes taking place in Cabrini Green. This exposes kids to another form or art and communications, and another network of volunteers and career aspirations. Here's a list of videos created by teens and volunteers in the past, which you can see on YouTube or Google
The art and documentary will be shown and sold on the weekend of February 8, at an art festival to be held at the Palette and Chisel, 1012 N. Dearborn Chicago IL 60610, on the weekend of February 8th. The event will start at 5:30 PM on Friday, Feb 8th, with the auction running until 8:30 and the event ending at 9PM. The artwork will be on display starting February 2nd until Monday the 11th. The web site of Palette and Chisel is http://www.paletteandchisel.org/
We're looking for people who will help with the Art Festival on Feb. 8, 9 and 10. Email Nicole White at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
We're also looking for video and film industry volunteers to take on leadership roles with our video group so that we can continue this project in the summer and the 2008-09 school year. Email Dan Bassill at email@example.com if you'd like to learn mroe about this.
As you look at the photos of our students and read more about Cabrini Connections, I hope you'll reach out into your networks on Facebook, Linked In, MySpace and at your college or busienss, to tell the story of what we do, and your involvement, so more people become volunteer and donors, and more people attend the festival on February 8. Here's a pdf showing what we mean by connecting your network.