Featured grant recipients listed alphabetically
- GAP Grant
In April of 2018, Civic Ensemble and Cornell’s Department of Performing and Media Arts co-produced a workshop production of THE LONELINESS PROJECT, a new documentary play about loneliness in LGBTQIA+ youth and senior communities. Crafted from 60+ interviews with members of Chicago’s LGBTQIA+ communities, THE LONELINESS PROJECT is a tale of fierce activism, profound loneliness, and remarkable resilience. The play and workshops in tandem lend themselves to entertaining important, intergenerational dialogue, gaining new understanding throughout the process.
Caitlin Kane, one of the creators says "We knew we were interested in this concept of loneliness, and youth and seniors are involved -- what do we do with that? “This project is exciting for the Civic Ensemble,” Kane says, “Civic hasn’t done a lot of LGBTQ+ work, so we're excited to be connecting with those populations, which are so present here. Part of it is that it is such an LGBTQ+ friendly town, but it’s not a place where there are a lot of gatherings. So, we’re creating that space for a while.”
With the support of this CAP grant, The Loneliness Project can wholeheartedly invest in this ongoing discovery of stories in need of being told. We can't wait to see what might be uncovered during this process!
- website: http://civicensemble.org
Musicians for World Harmony, Inc.
- Arts Education Grant
In conjunction with DeWitt Middle School, Musicians For World Harmony with Samite Mulonda worked with teachers and students in the midst of a poetry unit to create music based on autobiographical poems and lyrics. Through the project, 21 immigrant, refugee, and native-born students explored topics of identity, family, friends and inclusion led by Samite, Nate, and their ICSD teachers. The project was a great success and there is enthusiasm to continue it in future years! One of the main objectives was to build bridges between refugee/immigrants and American-born students, and creating music together did just that! Working together required that they create a shared voice.
- website: http://www.musiciansforworldharmony.org
- Arts Education Grant
Lisa Tsetse worked with pre-K students BJM Elementary School for a long arts residency called "All in a Day," a 5 month project using creative movement arts and literacy that the children REALLY ENJOYED and helped them with literacy (and much more) through story, dance and music.
Check out the really sweet video below!
In the words of their teachers!:
- Many of the students who are a little behind academically excelled during these times, and others who are academically strong were pushed to challenge themselves (confidence and strength)
- While the students responded enthusastically to their natural desire to roll, run, leap and jump - they were subtly led by Lisa to redirect and extend their skills to higher order skills like following directions, literacy, building self-control, and rhythm. Space navigation and bodily awareness were the most amazing aspects of this year's residency. "Stage Fright" is not in their lexicon anymore.
- Some students said they felt like they could fly.
- This was particularly meaningful for several students who tended to be quiet and reserved and have special needs. Now they have opened up through this process and are now some of my chatiest students!