I’m Down For Whatever: The Teen Perception

April 6–May 10, 2018

Curated by the Teen Arts Council
Arts + Public Life Education Program

Opening Reception: Friday, April 6, 6:00-8:00 PM
with remarks and performances by teen curators and teen artists

This exhibition voices the perspective and outlook of teens from the Chicagoland area: As teens living here, how do we view our past, present and future? How do we respond to certain situations? How do we explore our artistic views? Not everything in our lives is positive. Sometimes we go through trials and tribulations that are not always bright. How we react to it defines who we are. After viewing our exhibition we hope to open people’s minds up about the teen experience instead of limiting teens to stereotypes.

The 2018 Teen Arts Council members are: Graciella A., Jarlisia D., Myanna D., Alana E., Briajia L., Taylor N., Antione S., Stephanie T., Shakarie W., Cenovia W., led by instructor, artist and curator Dionne Victoria. The Teen Arts Council is a group of ten to fifteen student leaders who collaborate with the​ ​Arts + Public Life initiative to develop creative skills, leadership experience, and opportunities for their peers to engage with the arts. The council members work with university staff and local partners to develop projects at the intersection of arts administration and community engagement.

Exhibiting artists include: Tegan Amato, Kanyinsola Anifowoshe, Daniel Braemer, Lola Chalmers-Dibbell, Benny Chen, Kalani Elem, Luis Fernandez, James Giltner, Gabrielle Green, Erika Hernandez, Arrielle Hobson, Steven Hou, Anthony Houdek, Sanaa Imami, Imani Joseph, Kat Locust, Tyree Pipkins, Kyla Richard, Grace Rowland and Tierra Wilson.

Related Programs:

Workshops for Teens
Saturday, April 21, 11:00am-12:30pm​

Workshops for Teens provides a space for teens to have an open discussion about what techniques work and don't work when in a learning environment. Teens are invited to share their experiences, provide feedback for how best to help them learn, and explore new ways of learning to assist educators for future generations.

Amplify Workshop: Cultivating Student-Driven Learning Experiences
Saturday, April 28, 10:00 am–1:00 pm

Led by Arts + Public Life teen program participants, attendees participate in a discussion and creative engagement that highlights teens' experiences in participant-centered and student-led programming as the jumping-off point for workshopping how students can drive their own learning in both classrooms and out-of-school spaces.

Closing Reception and Performance
Thursday, May 10, 6:00–8:00 pm

The final day of the exhibition was closed with a reading of "Come Celebrate," a short play written by two students from Harper H.S. Drama, 2018 and Mr. Michael Buino & Ms. Patrese D. McClain. Student Contributors: Bridney Archibald, Destiny Boldon, Tina Brown, Mecca Bryant, Kabria Cobb, Jy’Shawn Coleman, Shyquina Clark, Deonka Dean, Nachana Dean, Will Finley, Daniel Howard, Daymond Jeffries, Mahjanah Jordan, Andrea Kimber, Jazariah Lyles, Beondce Mack, Neveah Martin, Jeremiah Martin, Tamia Orr, Kamyra Pittman, Ashley Rodriguez, Shakura Reyes, Kina Shaw, Anna Sanders, Trevion Swan, and Jeanette Taylor.

For more information, please contact Quenna Barrett at quenna@uchicago.edu.

Presented by Arts + Public Life and After School Matters.
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