Announcing the April 1st Connect Chicago Meetup: Arts & Tech Training with Street-Level, Little Black Pearl, After School Matters

At our next Connect Chicago Meetup, we will discuss arts & tech blended learning programs and best practices. We will hear from Little Black PearlStreet-Level Youth Media, and the After School Matters Arts & Tech Fair. Lunch will be served.

Come join a cross-sector discussion about Chicago’s STEAM programming. Come meet and network with computer trainers, nonprofit professionals, teaching artists, technologists, and fellow residents who care about digital access & skills in Chicago.

Event: Arts & Tech Training with Street-Level, Little Black Pearl, and After School Matters

Where: The Chicago Community Trust

When: Friday, April 1st from 11am to 1pm

RSVP at this link. 

Special guests include:

  • Armand Morris, Little Black Pearl’s Technology Instructor
  • Daniel Marques, Production Manager for Street-Level Youth Media
  • Dan Godston of the April 9th After School Matters Arts and Tech Fair at Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center

Our first featured program is Little Black Pearl (LBP), a nonprofit serving youth in the Kenwood/Oakland, Woodlawn, and Bronzeville neighborhoods. According to Little Black Pearl’s website:

LBP works diligently to counter the challenges urban youth face by providing a safe environment, positive role models, and rigorous program and skill development activities and opportunities. Our 18-year history has successfully proven that it is possible to marry art and entrepreneurship through real life application of talent, interest and skills.

The second featured program is Street-Level Youth Media. Street-Level offers in-school and after-school electives, mentorship, multi-media workshops, and professional development.  Street-Level’s mission is rooted in the intersection of art, technology, and media:

Street-Level’s programs build critical thinking skills in youth who have been historically neglected by policy-makers and mass media. Using video and audio production, digital arts, and the Internet, Street-Level’s young people address community issues, access advanced communication technology, and gain inclusion in our information-based society.

The April 9th After School Matters Arts and Tech Fair at Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center will highlight programs and organizations across the city including Chicago City of Learning, Spoken Word Academy of Chicago, Smart Chicago, and the Level Up Robotics Team. The fair will also feature teen performances. Dan Godston will give the Connect Chicago Community an overview of the event and its mission.

Members of Chicago’s public computing and digital learning community come together every month to learn, share, and collaborate. Join us! Sign up at

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