Monday, August 4, 2014

Save The Dates

I hope you are all having a safe and productive summer.  The new school year is fast approaching please mark your calendars for the 2014/2015 knowledge share schedule.   
Arts Infusion
2014/2015 Knowledge Share Dates
Monday September 8th
10:00am - 2:00pm
Monday November 10th
10:00am - 2:00pm
Monday February 16th
10:00am - 2:00pm
Monday April 6th
10:00am - 2:00pm

Saturday, August 2, 2014


This is a wonderful opportunity for arts infusion partners to build awareness about your fall programs and bring some attention to the fine work you are doing while supporting a cause that I know is important to all of us.



Saturday, September 6th 

11am and 3pm 

North Lawndale Christian Community Center

 3750 W. Ogden

We are currently seeking organizations willing to set up an information tables so attendees can learn more about of the services you provide. This event will be greatly publicized so that the larger Chicago area is aware of the resources made available to them (such as jobs, housing opportunities, and GED tutoring services).

We will have several artists (singers, poets, and rappers) present their art and also speak to the audience about the ills of gun violence. There will be food, games, school supplies and book giveaways.
Please click on this link to confirm your participation in the event. All co-sponsors will be acknowledged for their contributions.

If you have any questions, please email kenyatta.rogers02@gmail or

call me at 330-348-1884.

Thanks once again for your time and consideration. No one else can take our city back but us. We look forward to connecting with you soon!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Literature for All of Us is hiring!

Hello, all. Literature for All of Us is looking for two dynamic teaching artists to add to our staff. We are looking to hire two full-time Book Group Leaders this summer.

Interviews begin soon, so please pass along the information below to any interested parties or other networks you think appropriate (the listing is also on and Deadline for application materials is next Wednesday, July 23rd. Please see below for further information including job description, requested application materials, and application process. Planned start date is August 25th.

Thank you!

-Program Staff of Literature for All of Us

Literature for All of Us brings the rewards of reading and writing through book group discussions to teen parents and other young people in underserved neighborhoods. We build communities of readers, poets, and critical thinkers. We develop family literacy by providing children’s literature and child development resources to teen parents. We open worlds by opening books.

Position Title: Book Group Leader – Male groups focused (40 hours per week)

Position Summary:
Facilitate weekly book group discussions for young people—specifically, groups of males and mixed-gender groups—in various educational settings in Chicago and Evanston. We are seeking an experienced creative, mature, flexible and open-minded individual with respect for teenagers and love of literature. Casual, small office environment. Some weekend and evening work required. Competitive salary and benefits.  Planned start date: August 25th, 2014.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Facilitating book discussions and poetry writing using prepared curriculum.
  • Expand male programming by researching and developing materials and curriculum for male book groups.
  • Preparing reports on each session and typing original poems from participants.
  • Maintaining book group files.
  • Arranging occasional poetry readings, field trips, and guest speakers for groups.
  • Coordinating publication of poetry anthologies for groups.
  • Occasional appearances/speaking responsibilities as representative of the organization at fundraising events.

Education and Experience:
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Experience in facilitating group discussions.
  • Knowledge of Contemporary Literature, specifically Latin American and African American authors.
  • Prior experience working successfully with teen males and diverse populations. (2+ years preferred)

  • Ability to motivate young minds to creatively discuss literature and poetry, and to write poetry.
  • Strong writing and literary analysis skills.
  • Ability to facilitate discussions with youth regarding oftentimes difficult subjects (e.g., sex, drugs, violence, race, etc.).
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Sensitivity to working with youth from diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office.
  • Able to work effectively as a member of small team in fast-paced environment.
  • Takes initiative.
  • Valid driver’s license and consistent access to a reliable automobile necessary.
  • Ability to lift and carry 30 lbs.
  • Bilingual Spanish/English desirable.

Qualified candidates should forward to email address or fax number below:

  • RÉSUMÉ and
  • 1-2 PAGE (single space) LITERARY ANALYSIS (analysis may be based on any literature of applicant’s choosing and may be excerpted from longer and/or preexisting personal work)
 Failure to submit all requested documents will result in applicant not being considered for position.

Literature for All of Us
2010 Dewey Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
Fax: 847-869-7325
ABSOLUTELY NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE—Applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. THANK YOU!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

CCT Final Report

Hello All -

The link to final report is below. If you have not done so I strongly advise you to reach out to Arnold April regarding assessment support. We are asking that you include your assessment data  in this years report.  All report must be sent directly to Suzy Connor  Please DO NOT use the CCT online portal.  Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions regarding the report and or submission process.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014


M.A.D.D. Rhythms' Is Hiring 30 Advanced Tapdancing Teens For The Summer

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More Opportunites with Red Clay Dance

Red Clay Dance Company will be partnering with Donda's House Incorporated to co-host the dance auditions for the AAHH! FEST sponsored by the Common Ground Foundation on September 21-22. Dance Auditions for the festival will be held Saturday, August 16 from 12:00pm-3:00pm at Fuller Park.  

Chicago Arts Community Update

The Art Institute will be hosting a Carnival-themed party at the Art Institute of Chicago on Tuesday, June 13 from 7:00pm-10:00pm.  This event is free and open to all teens ages 13-18. Find out how you can get involved by clicking the flyer above.

This Week...Red Clay Dance CEEP Program Invites You to Fuller Park

Red Clay Dance CEEP program wants to meet you this Saturday for our Teaching ARTists Open House!  This weekend's open house will provide you with a stronger understanding of how Red Clay Dance CEEP program approaches community building and Chicago Youth through dance. Come learn more about the CEEP Program's mission and history and get the opportunity to speak with Red Clay Dance staff Saturday, June 7 at Fuller Park Auditorium from 12:00pm-2:00pm. RSVP today!

Red Clay Dance is Calling all Young Chicago Dancers!

This summer we are offering Youth Apprenticeships in partnership with After School Matters and Gary Comer Youth Center from June 23- July 31!  We don't want any young Chicago dancer to miss the chance of a world class training experience.  Don't wait and start your application today!


Deadline Extended!  Apply to intern at Red Clay Dance Company.

There is still time to apply for the Program Manager Assistant Position for our CEEP Program. This is a wonderful opportunity for undergraduates interested in Non-Profit and Arts Administration. Read more about the Program Manager Assistant Position and learn how to apply here!




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