Creating Awesome Things!

“You guys are going to create awesome things”. And they did. While working on New Voices on the Studs Terkel Radio Archive, the kids brainstormed, collaborated and created all summer. Using content and ideas from The Studs Terkel Radio Archive they created an exhibit that is truly one of a kind. The special “sneak peak” was on August 22nd but the exhibit opens to the public on September 11th at the Chicago Arts District and runs through September 25th when this amazing exhibit will culminate with a well-deserved closing ceremony to honor these young artists.

But while you’re waiting for this exciting exhibit to open, take some time to watch this brief video detailing some of the work that went into it.

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New Voices on Studs Terkel Radio Archive Exhibit Special Preview on 8/23!

It’s been a busy summer for the students at ChiArts, Convergent Academies at Tilden and YouMedia as they’ve prepared their projects for the New Voices on Studs Terkel Radio Archive exhibit  which begins with a sneak peak on August 23rd at The Chicago History Museum  in their first floor Guild Room from 12:30 – 4:30pm.  In addition to seeing one piece from each locale you’ll be able to experience interactive exhibits, a listening station and a photo series on pictures of two people, in hoping of telling a narrative between them..

Then on September 11th, we pull out all the stops for the gala opening as we celebrate at the Chicago Art Department on 1932 South Halsted in Chicago. Starting at 6:00pm you’ll be able to see and interact with all of the pieces, meet the artists and leave your thoughts or feedback on the exhibit. Until then check out the blog and student bios at New Voices on Studs Terkel Radio Archive exhibit and learn more about what it takes to live the creative life.

The teens have been working hard this summer to create the best interactive pieces possible using audio from The Studs Terkel Radio Archive, their Ninja-like skills and unlimited imaginations, so don’t miss your chance to see and experience their incredible work. Can’t join us for any of these special dates? Don’t worry, the exhibit runs from September 11 through September 25 when we’ll have a closing ceremony at 6:30pm to honor these awesome talents.

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Theater and Thanksgiving

Congratulations to the cast, musicians, crew, and faculty team behind ChiArts’ production of “Working”!  What a show!  We truly heard America singing – a creative, youthful, diverse, and dedicated America – and it was an honor and a pleasure.  After visiting your school earlier this month we all expected a stellar show, but you still managed to blow us away!  The music, singing, and dancing was excellent, of course, but we were most touched by the poise and maturity the cast showed in portraying individuals whose stories were often quite different from their own.  It demonstrated a great respect for the original interviewees’ words and experiences.

Finally, your production was a timely reminder that although we are all unique individuals with stories to tell, we all are a part of a community that is greater than ourselves.  You showed us the very best of what America can be, thank you.  Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

And remember, tune in to WFMT 98.7 this Friday at 10:00 pm (or stream live) to hear a rebroadcast of Studs’s 1973 tribute to Thanksgiving.




photo credits: Allison Schein


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To the ChiArts cast of “Working”

Dear Students,

Steve, Tony, Allison, Rowan, and I had a great time meeting with you last week.  Your enthusiasm about Studs’s words and your own interpretations of them was truly inspiring!  I also want to thank you for being so open and honest with us about your experience.  Although a theatrical performance is naturally a community event, being a part of a cast can sometimes feel very intimate or exclusive, and we are grateful for the insights you were willing to share with us.

Speaking of sharing – I would like to again extend an invitation to you to contribute to this blog.  I would love to post anything that was inspired by your experience in “Working,” whether it is a written piece, a film or recording, a piece of visual art, or even a brand new interview (perhaps featuring an artist or a drug dealer!).  If you have any questions, please get in touch with me at

The team and I wish you all the best with your performance this weekend (I’m really looking forward to seeing it!) and with your future theatrical and academic pursuits.

Break a leg!

Grace (and the entire Studs team)