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Urban Art in Chicago

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Many people know that a common nickname for the city of Chicago is “the windy city.” However, if you’ve never been to the Midwest, you may not know that Chicago has a rich and vibrant art scene — and much of it is happening right out on the streets! This trip was primarily geared to musicians who are interested in learning from and playing blues music with Chicago’s great teachers and performers. In addition, we took part in the slam poetry scene and Improv Theater. We also visited architectural wonders and the collection at the Chicago Art institute. Thanks to our main correspondent, teacher and dorm counselor Liva Jostad-Laswell, for most of the photos and updates.

Exciting City!

We are enjoying the exciting urban environment tremendously. It looks and feels nothing like our tranquil corner of New Hampshire!

We are definitely taking advantage of the arts scene in Chicago. The second photo is of the students in one of their three poetry workshops with Nehemiah Stark, who inspired them to express themselves and even to read their work aloud on a train and at a poetry/spoken word event!

beautiful urban Chicago and students in a poetry workshop

Posted by HMS on Monday May 12 at 11:36AM
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Comedy Improv

Jeremy, Will, Aubrey, and Aaron played "Mr. Know-it-All" in our comedy improv workshop on Saturday. Later that night, Jeremy joins the Comedy Sportz improv team on stage.

students participate in a comedy improv workshop and performance

Posted by HMS on Monday May 12 at 11:27AM
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A Day of Art, Blues and Poetry

Friday we toured the Art Institute and learned about Mark Rothko from our docent.

The afternoon was spent engaged with a little musical improv in a blues workshop with musician Fruteland Jackson at Buddy Guy's "Legends".

We finished the day at a spoken word poetry event. Elsa performed her poem along with many others of our group!

students visit an art museum, blues workshop and then perform at a poetry event

Posted by HMS on Friday May 9
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Experiencing the City

We saw a lot of Chicago on Thursday. The first picture is a panorama of half of Marc Chagall's "Four Seasons" mosaic, seen on today's architecture and public art walking tour.  We saw members of the Chicago Hare Krishna temple singing in the street (photo by Aubrey) and Leo read a Wordsworth poem aloud on the subway—encouraged by our wonderful poetry workshop leader.

activities in Chicago

Posted by HMS on Thursday May 8
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View from the Top!

We enjoyed viewing the city at night from the Willis Tower Skydeck on Tuesday. Aubrey practiced her headstand (against strong glass!).

On Wednesday we enjoyed a delicious gluten-free supper cooked by Aaron and Aubrey.

City lights at night, and home-cooked dinner

Posted by HMS on Wednesday May 7
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First Day in Chicago

We began our first full Chicago day with a trolley tour to begin familiarizing ourselves with the city and its sights. First stop was the shore of Lake Michigan for a group shot with the skyline, and after seeing a number of important spots, we headed to Millenium Park to take a photo at "the Bean", officially called Cloudgate. 

High Mowing Students along Lake Michigan in Chicago as part of a two-week project block on Urban Arts


Posted by HMS on Tuesday May 6
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We Begin!

The Chicago group sets out on our Urban Arts adventure! First stop: Manchester Airport.

getting ready to go to the airport for a flight to Chicago and Urban Art Adventures!

Posted by HMS on Tuesday May 6
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