Announcing Writing through the Unthinkable: an 826CHI Writing Workshop Series

We are pleased to announce our new programming partner 826CHI, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.

In partnership with Rebuild, 826CHI is hosting writing workshops for young people ages 14-24 at the Stony Island Arts Bank. These 3-part workshops will use objects curated from the Arts Bank collections for investigations of race, past and present, material culture, and the act of preserving painful objects. Pulling from the long tradition of arts and literature as vehicles for protest and healing, the curriculum centers creativity as a method of restorative justice. These workshops are free and open to all youth interested in a deep exploration of these topics.

Registration is required, please fill out the application here.

Session 1 – Ed J Williams Collection

4-5:30 PM
Wednesday, March 6
Thursday, March 14
Wednesday, March 20

The Edward J Williams Collection at Stony Island Arts Bank holds 4,000 objects of “negrobilia” — mass cultural objects and artifacts that feature stereotypical images of black people. This workshop invites participants to investigate these objects, interrogate their purpose and meaning, and write as a way of collecting– participants will be asked to think of what objects they would like to “own” and will learn creative writing techniques that will help them write about these objects in order to make their own “collection.”

Session 2 – Tamir Rice Gazebo

4-5:30 PM
Tue, March 26
Tue, April 2
Tue, April 9

In the Fall of 2016, Rebuild Foundation received the Gazebo from the Cudell Recreation Center in Cleveland, Ohio, where twelve-year-old Tamir Rice was murdered by the Cleveland Police. Samaria Rice, Tamir’s mother, intends to preserve the structure as a place for care, public interaction and engagement. In this workshop, participants will take part in restorative conversations concerning police brutality and will write letters to Tamir Rice and anyone else who has suffered from police brutality. These letters will be buried in the ground that the gazebo occupies on plantable paper.

Please contact Julie Yost with questions about this program.