Creating Identity empowers 7th and 8th grade CPS students to explore their creativity and build an expression of their identity during a seminal period of their development. Under the guidance of Fulcrum Point teaching artists, the collaboration of CPS art, music and language teachers, and the inspiration of new art music, students will create a body of work containing creative writing, visual art and music during this 12-15 week in-class program. At the conclusion of the program the students will create an Identity Box in which students’ inner reflections are expressed inside the box while their outer persona is presented on the exterior. The work created during this program will serve as a portfolio for selective high school and college applications.
Music: rhythm, harmony, melody, texture, structure, integrated
into Audiotool online composing platform
Writing: poetry, journal, essay, critique, short story
Art: sketching, graffiti, watercolor, and collage integrated into a personal Identity Box
The program culminates in a field trip to a renowned art institution to engage with professional artists and showcase their work; past sites have included the Stony Island Arts Bank and Zhou B Art Center. For their final presentation, the students present their creative writing, art, and music to the public, classmates, parents and teachers.
If you are an educator who is interested in including this program in your curriculum, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.