T7 students are about to embark on a new adventure!

Included in our programming this year is Adventures in Art and Literacy, a new Saturday program for T7 kids in 3rd-12th grades. The kids will meet every Saturday in the White Cedar Room at Kateri Center where they will be reading Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Other Hobbit related activities will include making art, sculpting with clay, designing costumes, making jewelry, archery and more. There will also be several field trips which include the Adler Planetarium, the Field Museum, and Lill Street Art Center.

This session of Adventures in Art and Literacy will end with the viewing of The Hobbit: an Unexpected Journey directed by Peter Jackson (director of the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy) in IMAX.

Adventures in Art and Literacy is open to American Indian CPS students in 3rd-12th grades and have a current ED506 form on file with Chicago T7.

For more information or to register, please call 773-534-2417 or email Debra at dfyepa-pappa@cps.edu


Call for Artists/Artisans for CPS Teacher Database

Chicago Title VII is collaborating with the Northeastern Chicago Teachers Center to provide Native American cultural workshops/sessions to local schools for local Native American artisans/artists. Paid stipends are available.

Chicago Title VII is looking for Chicago-based, Native American artisans and artists for an upcoming Native American Artists Contact List for publication and citywide distribution to schools for use in the classrooms. If a CPS teacher is in need of a Native American speaker or presenter then they will have quick access to you!

We are looking for Native American, Chicago-based artisans, including: beadwork, quillwork, regalia making, weaving, pottery, jewelry/silver-smithing, basketry, drumming, crafts making, traditional singing, traditional dancing and storytelling. We would like information from Chicago-based Native dance troupes as well.

We are also looking for Native American, Chicago-based artists, including: painting, drawing, pastels, paper, musicians, singers, actors, comedians, video artists, performance artists, modern dancers, sculptors, graphic artists, computer artists, DJ’s, rappers, models and filmmakers.

Once we have a sizable database established, T7 will host a workshop on what CPS teachers are looking for as well as a general meet-up. So, keep your eyes here to the T7 Blog for more information.

If you are interested in being listed in this publication and database and are available for these sessions; please contact to Ernest M. Whiteman III, Cultural Resource Specialist at emwhitemanii@cps.edu to receive an application form.

NOTE: Put “Artisan Database Form request” in Subject line. Possible online form coming to this post soon.

For more information:
Chicago Title VII American Indian Education Program
4420 North Beacon Street, Room #221
Chicago, IL 60640

Looking forward to hearing from our local artisans and artists!