Spoken Word Residencies Start at the Middle School

  Fall is here and poetry is in the air. Seventh grade students in Ms. Stringham’s Language Arts classes at Brooks received the first Spoken Word residency of the year. Spoken Word artist Christian Robinson (also known as rapper Rich Robbins) met with classes throughout the week and helped students explore the rich tradition of […]

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Art Start at Village Hall

Thanks to Camille Wilson White, art from OPEF’s Art Start program is now hanging in the Oak Park Area Arts Council Hall Gallery at Village Hall. Artful Portraits (Brooks), Why Triangles? (Irving), Who Are the Peacemakers? (Lincoln) and Meditation, Yoga & Creative Practices (Beye) represent just the beginning of the wonderful and thoughtful work from […]

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Brooks Seventh Grade Poetry Slam

Fresh off their one-week in-school Spoken Word residency with Spoken Word artist Christian Robinson, Brooks’ seventh graders were eager to perform their poems to audiences of parents and classes throughout the day the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Robinson started the proceedings by teaching the audience the rules of poetry slam audience behavior. After each introduction you […]

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Snaps for Spoken Word

  Our Spoken Word residencies are off to a great start. Our new spoken word artist, Christian Robinson, worked with more than 100 7th graders from Ms. Nefret Stringham’s Language Arts classes last week at Brooks Middle School. The 5-day residencies are planned to coincide with the students’ poetry unit and given them exposure to […]

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Gwendolyn Brooks Mosaic Unveiling

  On a beautiful fall evening that felt more like summer, about 50 people gathered at Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School for the dedication of the Gwendolyn Brooks tribute mosaic. The 330-square-foot mosaic includes depictions of Brooks, Maya Angelou, Jane Addams, Malala Yousafzai and Michelle Obama, as well as hundreds of strategically placed tiles along two […]

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