[Y]volve Publishing is Revolving Door Arts’ youth publishing house program and provides high school students with hands on experience and insight into the publishing industry as they curate, collaborate, and publish teen writing at the manuscript level as part of the Teen Chapbook Series. YPB uses models of creative workforce development to expose young people to possible future careers in the literary arts in a fun, and action- and impact-based environment.
Our teaching artists can start a Shakespeare or Drama Club at your school. Students learn the fundamentals of acting and the language of theatre. Activities include playwriting, improv, character exploration and development, etc. We strive to build confidence and friendships while learning the art of theatre. Programs culminate in a performance showcasing new skills.
Reading, Creative Writing, Dramatic Play
Grades K-8, Grades 9-12
Central, Far North Side, Far Southeast Side, Far Southwest Side, North Side, Northwest Side, South Side, Southwest Side, West Side, Suburbs
Student-athletes are taught media literacy essentials to guide them in a better understanding of their media use and how they are represented in the media, so that they can lead by positive example. They become ambassadors of iSpeakMedia.
Since 2001, more than 75 author and illustrator volunteers have visited 150 Community Nights! Visiting authors read one of their stories to families and answer student questions. Classrooms of students will have discussed the author’s book beforehand and often prepare a special welcome for the visiting author. Following the author’s presentation, the author speaks separately with parents, sharing inspirations, challenges, and their writing and publishing process. Authors personally sign their books for the families in attendance after the workshops.
We receive hundreds of letters each month from incarcerated women in state prisons in 10 states (including Illinois) and Federal prisons nationwide requesting books and blank journals. In return, we do our best to choose just the right books and journals from the many thousands donated year round by readers in Chicago and beyond. We send three paperback books (or one journal) in each package—no strings attached—along with a personal note. In 2015 we mailed 3,086 packages of books—9,200 or so books in all—and 361 blank journals, reaching nearly 2,500 individual women in 53 prisons. People in prison have little or no access to books. As long as there’s the need, we’re committed to providing the opportunity for self-empowerment, education and entertainment that reading provides.