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Shared Language: A Community Classroom

February 1, 2016 @ 12:00 pm

Classroom and Exhibition Run from Feb 1 – Mar 11th.

Class Registration Opens: Mon, Jan 25, 2016
For a complete list of classes and to register, visit:

Exhibition Opening Reception: Fri, Feb 12, 2016, 6-8pm

Shared Language is a community classroom and exhibition that uses a broad definition of language to investigate modes of communication and the transfer of knowledge through experimental learning. Following in a tradition of free school models locally and globally, this school will give critical thought to the value that can be found in different kinds of cultivated and experiential knowledge and who can be defined as teacher, all while designing the curriculum around the needs of our hyper-local community.

During the six-week period within the Arts Incubator Gallery, free classes will be offered on the topics of interactive poetry, grant writing for artists, American Sign Language, music production, digital art-making, hair braiding, visual literacy, the language of radical organizing, footwork history, and much more.

Classes will be led by Paola Aguirre (APL), Assata’s Daughters, Black Youth Project 100 (BYP 100), Camille Brewer (BMRC), Aquil Charlton, Aymar Jean Christian (OPEN TV – beta), Committed Knitters, Isis Ferguson (APL), Maria Gray (APL), James T. Green, Mejay Gula (APL), Skylah Hearn (Rebuild Foundation) Ronia Holmes (APL), Emily Hooper Lansana (Logan Center), Rebecca Kling, Maya Lori (Rebuild Foundation), Devin Mays (DoVA), Jamal “Litebulb” Oliver + Wills Glasspiegel, Andre Perez, Race and Pedagogy Working Group (UChicago), Rebirth Poetry Ensemble, and Sarah Beth Woods + Fatimata Traore.

Alongside the classes, the Shared Language exhibition features work by Chicago teaching artists Carris Adams, Reginald Eldridge Jr., David Anthony Geary, James Jankowiak, Trisha Oralie Martin, Victoria Martinez, and Grace Needlman, with site-specific installations by Alex Bradley Cohen and Gloe. Each of these artists incorporate their relationship to educational systems within their work or actively teach in local arts organizations, museums, grassroots organizations, and Chicago Public Schools.

For a complete list of classes and to register, visit:

Presented by Arts + Public Life.


February 1, 2016
12:00 pm


Arts and Public Life


Arts Incubator in Washington Park
301 E Garfield Blvd
Chicago, IL 60637 United States

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