Creative Academy

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Creative Academy at Dyett High School

This summer, we are excited to announce our free Creative Academy at Dyett High School for the Arts. Teens and young adults ages 14 – 24 are welcome to join us. The program begins Tuesday, July 10th and ends Friday, August 24th and is free for participants. The Creative Academy is supported by the Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities. Learn more about the Chicago Fund for Safe & Peaceful Communities here. We are flexible. You can elect to participate all three days out of the week, you can select one of the tracks (Media or Songwriting & Live Performance) or you can just drop in periodically whenever you want.

Tuesdays – Thursdays 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Tuesdays – Media & Podcast Day

Come learn how to blog, how to interview, and more. This is an excellent opportunity to learn what it takes to be a journalist, radio personality and more. This is also an opportunity for you to build your portfolio and resume, as whatever you create will be considered for publication! We have an audience of 30,000+ that you will have access to, while working and learning from both your peers and professionals that we will have working with you throughout the summer.

Wednesdays – Songwriting & Live Performance

Each week we will have writing prompts and exercises that will help you grow as a songwriter and spoken word artist. Immediately following the writing workshop, we will host our weekly open mic Feedback, where you will have the opportunity to present your work for feedback and become a better live performer. The more you perform, the better you will be, just in time to audition at some of our Youth Auditions to perform at festivals and other events! Come find your creative squad! You will also have the opportunity to perform at our Summer Showcase on August 24th!

Thursdays- Drop In

Come in to work with our staff and students on different creative projects. Have an idea, but you don’t know how to execute? Come think through it with us. Want some quiet time to reflect or make plans for the future? Want feedback on your resume, your college essays or more? You set the agenda, and we provide the space, the wifi, and the ac to support your creative projects.

Earn Incentives

The more you participate, the more you will have access to! We are planning to take field trips, invite celebrity guests, and give away gift cards, prizes and more at the end of the program. Awards will be given for both attendance, creative excellence and more. If you plan to join us throughout the summer, please complete the registration form here.

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