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Trauma Informed Arts Education for a Trauma Informed Illinois

On three consecutive Wednesday afternoons in December of 2020, Chicago Children’s Theatre and the Lurie Children’s Center for Childhood Resilience invited TYA artists, early childhood educators and youth mental health experts to join a series of live webinars to discuss, share and learn how to identify children impacted by trauma, and how to use theater and other art forms to address their emotional and learning needs while fostering resilience.

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Sankofa: A Journey into Bronzeville’s Poppin’ Past
Runs Jul 1, 2021 - Aug 1, 2022

Listen on Spotify Sankofa: A Journey into Bronzeville's Poppin' Past Team up with Gwen, a fearless young writer, as she guides her little brother Haki through the rich history of their beloved neighborhood. Learn about the lives and impact of famous African-American Chicagoans like Sam Cooke, Ida B. Wells, and Gwendolyn Brooks. Listen to the stories behind …

The Night Heron
Runs Jun 1, 2021 - Jul 1, 2022

The Night Heron Welcome to Horner Park. The crickets were pretty loud last night. Too loud. They say it’s because the grasshoppers were spooked by a stranger in town. Who is this strange new bird and who invited him to Horner Park? The Grackle? The Skunk? Sounds like a case for…The Night Heron. Help solve the mystery …

Exquisite
Runs May 12, 2021 - May 12, 2022

Before Gwendolyn Brooks became the first Black person to win the Pulitzer Prize, she was a little girl who dared to dream. Inspired by the Coretta Scott King Award-winning book by Suzanne Slade and illustrated by Cozbi A. Cabrera, Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks introduces viewers to one of Chicago’s most treasured poets, who …

Maybe Something Beautiful
Runs Apr 1, 2021 - Apr 1, 2022

Maybe Something Beautiful is a bilingual virtual production featuring murals, music, and puppetry from Chicago Children’s Theatre and the Negaunee Music Institute at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO). Inspired by the award-winning book by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell, illustrated by Rafael López, the piece brings together five CSO musicians performing classical works by Latino …

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Since our formation in 2004, Chicago Children’s Theatre has served more than half-a-million students and families with innovative productions, classes, and camps, including groundbreaking programming for children on the autism…

The Red Kite Project

The Red Kite Project at Chicago Children’s Theatre is a series of unique and innovative programs for children on the autism spectrum and their families, as well as initiatives and…

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