In 2017, one of my goals is to donate $20.17 each month to a different charity or cause that I’m passionate about. I’ll still feature other nonprofits and social enterprises in the Give Back section, but I wanted to share this challenge with you, as well. I hope I can introduce you to some great organizations and maybe even inspire you to join me in this monthly challenge!
Changing Worlds exists to foster inclusive communities through oral history, writing and art programs that improve student learning, affirm identity and enhance cross-cultural understanding. -Mission Statement
How often is it that we hear of arts programming getting cut in schools? Especially in Chicago, these types of programs are the first to go when undergoing budget issues, like Chicago’s public education system is. This isn’t fair to students and it’s not setting them up for success.
Changing Worlds began 20 years ago as a way to build cultural bridges while giving kids the opportunity to experience art programming. Since its humble start in one elementary school in Albany Park, Changing Worlds has expanded across Chicago and continues to thrive.
- In-School Arts, Cultural and Literacy Connections Program: Exploring “Big Ideas” in curriculum through art and writing while utilizing students’ stories and families histories to teach core concepts.
- After-School Arts and Cultural Connections Program: Exploring culture through dance, drama or visual art, inclusive of a field trip and concluding in a student exhibit.
- Community Outreach Initiatives: Family Night celebrates family histories through storytelling and family activities. The Traveling Exhibit showcases the journeys of Chicago immigrant and refugee families.
These programs focus on various arts areas, including dance, theatre and visual arts. Changing Worlds works with the school to identify cultural themes and activities that best suit the community.
Engaging in the arts is such a personal experience. Our stories and lived experiences are unique. When we learn how to tell our stories to others and celebrate our differences rather than be fearful or hateful, then we are working towards a more peaceful world.