ADULT SUMMER PROGRAMS 2018

Word Space: Storytelling and Writing Workshops

Grab a pen and bring a friend to this engaging series of  workshops exploring different forms of storytelling.

Cost: $10 per class (register at the door or tickets.uchicago.edu, 773.702.ARTS)
Location: Logan Center, Room 028

WORDSPACE SERIES: GOING TO THE ROOT
Developing Stories that Honor Elders, Ancestors and Loved Ones
Monday, July 9, 5:00-6:30 PM 
This interactive workshop will encourage participants to explore memories of families created by blood and choice. What memories empower us? What legacies and traditions do we want to continue? How can storytelling help us to reflect and pass on important pieces of our personal legacies? 

Led by: Emily Hooper Lansana an arts administrator, educator and performing artist, she is Associate Director of Community Arts Engagement at the Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago. She performs with In the Spirit. She has been featured at the National Storytelling Festival, the National Association of Black Storytellers Festival, and at many venues.

WORDSPACE SERIES: SOMETHING OLD/SOMETHING NEW
Connecting Personal stories with Folktales 
Monday, July 16, 5:00-6:30 PM
Designed for storytellers and story lovers, this workshop will explore how personal stories can intersect with folktales. How do we activate stories to share? What engages the listener in our stories? This workshop focuses on developing stories for oral storytelling.

Led by: Emily Hooper Lansana an arts administrator, educator and performing artist, she is Associate Director of Community Arts Engagement at the Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago. She performs with In the Spirit. She has been featured at the National Storytelling Festival, the National Association of Black Storytellers Festival, and at many venues.

WORDSPACE SERIES: WRITE IT OUT
Monday, July 23, 5:00-6:30 PM
This workshop will help participants to use writing to achieve the creative breakthroughs and shifts in perspective necessary to envision the future you want to create. You’ll explore tools and writing exercises for releasing past experiences and self-doubts that may be holding you back, as well as practices for lifting your energy to keep you inspired. Bring a journal or notebook, something to write with, and an open mind! 

Led by: Rhonda Wheatley a Chicago-based multidisciplinary artist and energy healer. Her sculptures, written works, interactive performances, and workshops are grounded in the speculative and metaphysical, and through them she seeks to cultivate healing and consciousness expansion. Wheatley recently had a solo exhibition at the Hyde Park Art Center and performed as part of The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago’s In Progress series. She’s facilitated workshops at Chicago Artists Coalition’s LAUNCH Residency, the Teaching Artist Summit, Links Hall, ACRE, Gallery 400 and more.

WORDSPACE SERIES: LIFTING LIGHT
Monday, July 30, 5:00-6:30 PM
When sitting down to write a poem or a series of poems, ideas often appear as a dense ball of confusion. Sometimes ideas are murky or slow. This workshop gives several strategies for organizing ideas, prioritizing images, and revealing new light spots in areas of darkness.

Led by Toni Asante Lightfoot, poet, editor, and educator from Washington, DC. She was the Director of Writing Programs for Young Chicago Authors. She is currently studying Traditional Chinese Medicine because of a metaphorical relationship with the body. She co-edited Dream of a Word: a Tia Chucha Press anthology and is an editor for More Black Press.

Movement Series 

MOVEMENT SERIES: INNER G AFRO-CONTEMPORARY & HIP HOP WORKSHOP
Thursday, July 19, 6:00-7:30 PM
Performance Penthouse, Logan Center for the Arts 915 E 60th St
Instructor: Gingie Ellis

Inner G is a high energy dance workshop infused with Afro-Contemporary & Hip- Hop dance influences. This workshop is a full body experience that will ignite your power through expressive movement while vibing to R&B/Hip-Hop music. All levels of movers are welcome. Gingie Ellis is a Chicago native and attended Columbia College where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance. At Columbia, she trained with some Chicago's most influential Modern dance artists. For three years, she traveled and performed with Red Clay Dance, an all female Afro-Contemporary dance company. In 2017, Gingie launched Inner G Movement, an expressive dance experience that provides women a non-intimidating space to honor their feminine power through music and dance. She currently teaches monthly dance workshops on the West/South side of Chicago.

MOVEMENT SERIES: WEST INDIAN DANCE WORKSHOP
Thursday, July 26, 6:00-7:30 PM
Performance Penthouse, Logan Center for the Arts 915 E 60th St
Instructor: Sadira Muhammad

A seasoned Chicago teaching artist, dancer and choreographer of Modern, West African and West Indian dance, Sadira will integrate the literature and history of the West Indies accompanied by the traditional movements and dance vocabulary of the region. This workshop is suitable for both the novice and experienced dancer, blending the beautiful vitae of both African and West Indian styles. Sadira is a current guest artist in permanent residence with several Afro-modern dance companies giving her a solid background of West Indian and African dance forms. She is a long standing principle performer and Assistant Artistic Director of the West Indian Folk Dance Company. Sadira holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Dramatic Interpretation from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.