Each summer, 6018North hires Chicagoland High School students to learn skills and collaborate with artists to realize various projects including aspects of Justice Hotel, In Wood We Trust, Its Elemental, and yearly projects for EXPO Chicago. Students have learned woodworking, video editing, audio recording, and podcasting.
Most importantly, they learn cooperation: to work with each other, mentors, and artists, along with stick-to-itiveness. The program rethinks the potential of immersive body-based education. The high degree of the students' work and their esprit de corps confirms the value of treating education as a dynamic space: emphasizing bodily skills, repetition, and technique and an appreciation of older, often forgotten systems of production and bodily movement. While the woodworking honors craftsmanship, the video and audio production allows for a highly experimental approach.
This project has been made possible as a part of the Year of Creative Youth organized by Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE).
This program has been partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit arts.gov.