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Young Chicago Authors

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Posted March 9, 2012

This spring Marc Bamuthi Joseph and Theaster Gates collaborate to bring red, black and GREEN: a blues to MCA Stage. During his time in Chicago, Bamuthi is scheduled to hold sessions with local teachers and students exploring the issues of community and civic engagement that inform and inspire his work. In many ways, these performances and discussions are a continuation of the 2009 MCA presentation of Bamuthi’s the break/s: a mixtape for the stage, for which he collaborated with Young Chicago Authors.

As a youth-activated organization, Young Chicago Authors serves more than 2,500 teens a year through its education programs and reaches 30,000 people through its publications and live events. On April 14, they, along with the MCA’s teen program The Creative Agency, hip-hop-based teen arts organization Kuumba Lynx, and Chicago teen media program YOUmedia will work with Bamuthi to bring their collaborative artistic process to MCA Stage with SHareOUT.

Watch this trailer for a documentary about the annual city-wide youth poetry slam Louder than A Bomb to learn more about Young Chicago Authors and their projects.

Louder Than a Bomb documentary trailer from Siskel/Jacobs Productions on Vimeo.

Eboni Senai Hawkins is a recent transplant to Chicago and an intern in Performance Programs at the MCA.