Special Teen Workshop: Afrofuturist Art + Writing

Photo: Phil Dembinski ’08Photo: Phil Dembinski ’08
College students and teenagers from 826CHI will use creative writing strategies to engage with works from the MoCP's show "In Their Own Form."

“I learned a lot about myself that I have not ever been told by anyone else, I guess I found another part of me.”

—Kunjame, student from 826CHI

The Museum of Contemporary Photography has partnered with 826CHI for an interdisciplinary workshop surrounding the Afrofuturist themes found in the MoCP’s current exhibition In Their Own Form. College students and teens will use creative writing strategies to engage with, respond to, and expand upon the photographs found in the exhibition.

826CHI, the Chicago branch of the 826 non-profit organization founded by author Dave Eggers, supports students ages 6-18 and helps nurture their creative and expository writing skills. 826CHI is dedicated to providing one-on-one attention to students in order to best enhance their creative development, supporting children, teachers, and the greater Chicago community.

The event is free and open to the public, though registration is required.

More programming for In Their Own Form will continue throughout May. On May 3, Jennifer Scott, D. Denenge Duyst-Akpem, and Ingrid LaFleur will lecture on Afrofuturist themes in contemporary art. Lesley A. Martin of The PhotoBook Review will speak on May 9 at the Ferguson Lecture Hall, and May 11 features an interactive celebration of science fiction in books and comics in conjunction with Manifest.

Special Teen Workshop: Afrofuturist Art + Writing
Wednesday, May 2
5-6 p.m.
Museum of Contemporary Photography
600 S. Michigan Ave.