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Arts After School

In March, Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel said in a Chicago Tribune interview that, as mayor, he plans on focusing on the role of after-school arts programs, saying that he firmly believed the arts would best help him reach “the souls of those children who seem to be left out of our civic and cultural life.”

In a new 4-part series, WFMT will take a closer look at a handful of extra-curricular youth arts programs as Mayor Emanuel takes office. Our producers have travelled around the city to profile programs focusing on music, dance, theater and new media, and we’ll speak with experts in the field who have thought long and hard about the role of such programs in public education.

Arts After School Full Program #4: Dance

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] The final edition of our four-part series on arts education focused on dance programs offered by The Joffrey Ballet and Deeply Rooted Dance more…

Arts After School: At ChiArts, arts after school, before school, during school…

In our final profile of this series, WFMT producer David Polk visits the first Chicago Public High School for the Arts, or ChiArts, where students live and breathe the arts more…

Arts After School: Deeply Rooted Dance Theater

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] For this last week of our Arts After School series, WFMT producer Noel Morris visited the Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, whose youth program more…

Arts After School: About Face Youth Program

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] For this final week of our Arts After School series, WFMT’s program director spoke with some people at the youth program of About more…

Arts After School: Joffrey Ballet students learn Giselle (and Sister Sledge)

This week’s final Arts After School explores some of the city’s dance programs, and WFMT producer David Polk visited an after school program offered by the Joffrey Ballet.  He learned more…

Arts After School Full Program #3: Media

The third of our four-part series on arts education aired this week, and you can listen to it in its entirety above.  This week, our focus was on some of more…

Arts After School: At Urban Gateways, “Girls Got Game”

This week’s Arts After School explores some of the city’s media programs, including WFMT producer Matt DeStefano’s profile of the Girls Got Game program at Urban Gateways, a program teaching more…

Arts After School: Facets Multimedia Exposes Kids to New Film Genres (and subtitles!)

This week’s Arts After School explores some of the city’s media programs, including WFMT producer Noel Morris’s profile of Facets Multimedia, where students screen films from around the world (subtitles more…

Arts After School: The Budding Filmmakers of Street Level Youth Media

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] This week’s Arts After School explores some of the city’s media programs, including WFMT producer David Polk’s profile of Street Level Youth Media, more…

Arts After School Full Program #2: Theater

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] The second of our four-part series on arts education aired this week, and you can listen to it in its entirety above. We more…