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A Redmoon Spectacle Co-Directed by Angela Tillges and Tria Smith

Redmoon Youth Spectacle

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This extraordinary interactive event for audiences of all ages will be presented in partnership with the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, “Chicago’s gateway to urban nature”. The youth created collection of curiosities magnifies everyday wonders of the Chicago urban ecosystem as experienced by young people living in our city. The living exhibit was built by over 750 youth from diverse Chicago neighborhoods in creative education partnerships with Redmoon’s Neighborhood Arts Programs. The youth use shadow animation, sound installation, surreal visual art, and performance to transform the museum’s South Gallery and Terrace.

Collaborators: Audubon Elementary School, Cook County Juvenile Detention Center, Family Focus Lawndale, Franklin Fine Arts Center, Penn Elementary School, Manley High School, Melody Elementary School, and St. Patrick High School.

There will be 60 youth performers participating in the Youth Spectacle performance.

THREE NIGHTS ONLY MAY 18th-20th

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Redmoon Youth Spectacle admission is available at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. and includes full access to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum from 5:45 – 9 p.m.

Where:Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 North Cannon Drive, just off Lake Shore Drive at Fullerton in Lincoln Park

ADMISSION: Individual tickets: $10 for adults, $3 for ages 18 and under, and free for children under age 3.

Family Package: $25 for a family (includes: two adults and 3 children. $3 per additional child)

Tickets go on sale in April, and can be purchased by visiting www.redmoon.org or by calling 312.850.8440 x111.


Performance Workshops

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Youth Spectacle workshops have begun!

We are embarking on a wonderful journey with this team of young people, “The New Naturalists”. As they begin make connections with other children from across the city, the real work begins. We are building something that doesn’t exist anywhere in the world. Together, we are the architects.

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The Peggy Notebaert Museum is Chicago’s gateway to urban nature and science. Redmoon could not ask for a more perfect partner and host location for the first Youth Spectacle, which is centered on a thematic exploration of youth as the NEW NATURALISTS, creating collections of their experiences in the urban ecosystem.

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The eighth grade is exploring the theme of leadership using an integrated curriculum in social studies and spectacle arts. In their social studies unit on westward expansion students took on the question “What does it take to be a pioneer?”. They compared and contrasted the life of pioneers to their current position as 8th graders; leaders in the school who are preparing to embark on a new journey as they look toward graduation.

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The seventh grade is exploring the theme of migration using an integrated curriculum in social studies and spectacle arts. In their social studies unit on westward expansion students took on the questions, “Why do people move? What is the personal effect of moving?” Students developed a series of questions to use in a one on one interview with neighbors and family members who had moved to Chicago from another location. The conducted interviews were transformed into sculptural shoe shrines that visually communicate the personal experiences of moving.

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The sixth grade is exploring the theme of building monuments using an integrated curriculum in social studies and spectacle arts.  In their social studies unit on ancient Egypt students took on the question “Who builds our cities and at what cost?” They compared and contrasted the building of the pyramids to the building of the city of Chicago. The artistic result is a series of collage sculptures that are a symbolic monument to the people who build our city.

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The third grade is exploring the theme of Chicago heroes using an integrated curriculum in social studies and spectacle arts.  In their social studies unit on Chicago history students took on the question “Who were the everyday heroes of our city?”. They examined the history of the great Chicago fire identifying the characteristics of the everyday heroes who helped to rebuild the city. Through performance exercises and shadow techniques they developed a way to visualize themselves as those everyday heroes.

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Redmoon is working in partnership with Family Focus and their partner schools in the Lawndale neighborhood. In seven-week afterschool residencies Redmoon is leading a curriculum that focuses on art making, poetry, environment, and personal identity. Together we explore the question, “What is wild?”

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In a workshop series youth used optical illusions, surreal art images, and poetry to explore the theme of perception. They created their own surreal color palette for the Chicago skyline based on their experiences in the city.  The youth also created a series of poetic writing using a poetry by removal technique.

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